Jon Udell and Matt MacLaurin on Boku


Boku is a programming development "game" for children that comes out of Microsoft Research (we took a look at Boku at TechFest '07.) It allows children, ages 5 and up, to apply programming elements and rudimentary scripts to characters in the Boku world.

Jon Udell spoke with Matt MacLaurin from Microsoft's Creative Systems Group and discusses more about Boku, the challenges of the project, how it works, and the importance of providing children with an expression tool for the critical thought required for programming. Read more about this interview on or jump over to IT Conversations to listen to the full podcast (37 min, 17MB).

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