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  • Blog Post: Small Basic for Kids - Featured Small Basic Book! - Ages 10-12

    We're featuring another Small Basic book from Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee! Learn more about the book here . ​​ SMALL BASIC FOR KIDS ​ In the 1980's, there was a series of books aimed at teaching kids how to use the Basic programming language. Titles like "Kids and the Apple II", "Kids and the...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Resources for Game Programming

    Microsoft Small Basic program language is for learning programming. If you've already understood programming, you may would like to start game programming. Today, I'd like to introduce some resources for game programming in Small Basic. TechNet Wiki Articles Small Basic: Dynamic Graphics - shows...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Small Basic Guru Award Winners! - May, 2014

    The Small Basic Guru Awards celebrate the Small Basic articles on TechNet Wiki, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU! Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges (5 per category, 2-3 in each are MS experts), and the winners of each category are showered with love and attention...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic at the April 2014 TEALS Computer Science Student Field Trip

    We were there! But we weren't alone... There were 1,200 JH and HS kids there! Here we are at our Small Basic booth... Li Xin (left), I, and Philip Conrod (right) led the Small Basic booth, giving demos and presenting Small Basic to all the kids (and to their teachers and the other booth commanders...
  • Blog Post: A Brief History of BASIC

    The BASIC language was developed in the early 1960's at Dartmouth College as a device for teaching programming to “ordinary” people. There is a reason it’s called BASIC: B (Beginner's) A (All-Purpose) S (Symbolic) I (Instruction) C (Code) When time-sharing systems were introduced...
  • Blog Post: The Developer’s Reference Guide to Small Basic - The First 5 Chapters

    So a good Reference Guide is always appreciated! And that's why Phil Conrod was good enough to write one for us and then to allow us to upload the first five chapters! You can find the first five chapters on TechNet Wiki: 1. Introducing Small Basic 2. Overview of Small Basic Programming...
  • Blog Post: Beginning Small Basic - Review by Anne from Upstate Ramblings

    It's time for a guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is Anne from Upstate Ramblings ! Her 13-year-old son taught himself with the curriculum. In Anne's words... Computer programming is a skill that is great for everyone to learn. Not everyone is meant to be a programmer, but computers are...
  • Blog Post: Beginning Small Basic - Review by Lisa N and her 3 kids from Golden Grasses

    It's time for a guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is Lisa N from Golden Grasses ! Her three kids, Feeche (12th grade), Cub (7th grade), and Flower (5th grade) learned it with no programming experience. In Lisa's words... Having the chance to test drive Beginning Microsoft Small...
  • Blog Post: Beginning Small Basic - Review by Lisa and Amber

    It's time for a guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is Lisa McClanahan from The McClanahan 7 . Her daughter, Amber, learned Small Basic... In this day and age everything is run by a computer. I'm sure that will continue into the future & more than likely my kids will have to use them...
  • Blog Post: Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by Michele

    It's time for a guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is Michele (and her 11-year-old son) from Family, Faith, and Fridays . I will admit it- I have a love hate relationship with my computer. Well, not just mine, but any. I am just not a high tec kind of girl it seems. Luckily for my...
  • Blog Post: Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by "Courtney Six"

    It's time for a guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is Leah (and her 12-year-old son, Charles) from Courtney Six ! One of the best things I'm finding about being a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew this year is that I sometimes discover these gems of curriculum that I probably wouldn't have...
  • Blog Post: Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by "There's More 2 Les"

    It's time for a guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is Leslie (and her 13-year-old son, Captain C) from There's More 2 Les ! Those that know me know that I am a computer geek. I love them. We have more computers around our house than I care to admit...and most of them work even...
  • Blog Post: How to Download and Install Small Basic

    Today, we have a special guest blogger, Philip Conrod ! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. This section is available as part of Chapter 1 of "Beginning Microsoft Small Basic" . You can find their books and other materials...
  • Blog Post: Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by "KGB That's Me!"

    It's time for a guest blogger! Today's guest blogger is Kelly (and her 13-year-old son, Hayden) from KGB That's Me! My 13-year old son, Hayden, was given a chance to review this fun course called Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Computer Science for Kids . WHAT IS IT?: Beginning...
  • Blog Post: Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by "Royal Little Lambs"

    Today we have a guest blogger! It's Jennifer (and her 12-year-old daughter, Liz) from Royal Little Lambs . Liz reviewed Computer Science for Kids and very much enjoyed learning Beginning Microsoft Small Basic . There are 11 lessons. They range from 22-109 pages...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic E-Books

    Learn more about Small Basic and find detailed samples by reading sample chapters from one of three e-books that we are providing to you at no cost. If you like using the e-book format, we have links on each page to where you can purchase the complete e-book. The Developer's Reference...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's History with BASIC (Altair 8800, TRS-80 Color Computer)

    A Brief History of Small Basic Today, we have a guest blogger, Philip Conrod ! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. This section is available as part of Chapter 1 of "Beginning Microsoft Small Basic" . You can find...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Interview - Philip Conrod (Visual Basic, Assembler, Pascal, Fortran, COBOL, Java, Visual C#, & Small Basic)

    Today I am interviewing Philip Conrod. Philip has co-authored, edited, and published several Microsoft Small Basic programming books and tutorials with his friend and colleague, Lou Tylee. Some of these books include the following Small Basic Best Sellers: Let's get started! Who are...
  • Blog Post: Why Learn Small Basic?

    Today, we have a special guest blogger, Philip Conrod ! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. This section is available as part of Chapter 1 of "Beginning Microsoft Small Basic" . You can find their books and other materials...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Tutorial: A Simple Savings Calculator For Kids

    Today, we have a special guest blogger, Philip Conrod ! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. You can find their books and other materials at the Computer Science For Kids web site . Thanks to Philip for sharing. Please...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic 1.0 is here!

    After more than two years of pre-release versions of Small Basic, we are finally releasing the 1.0 version. Although we know that there a number of features we still haven’t implemented, we feel that Small Basic now has a solid set of the core features that make it useful to beginners. We hope...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Tutorials

    If you are looking for a self-paced learning or teaching Small Basic tutorial, check out http://www.computerscienceforkids.com/microsoft-small-basic . Phil Conrod has a passion for writing tutorials and books aimed at beginner programmers and he’s done an excellent job of covering all the fundamentals...
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