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3V1218.01 Spelling a second word: “loadshapes” after “load” (5/24/81)

My cassette files are set up with procedures stored before shapes. The first are accessed by ‘LOAD’ and the second by ‘LOADSHAPES.’ Since Peggy had insisted on typing LOAD wherever possible, I have HAD to instruct her to discriminate between the two words so that her eagerness didn’t lead us into trying to LOAD when LOADSHAPES was appropriate. My instruction was simple, “You type LOAD, but I will type the rest of this different word.” Now Peggy, at the correct place in the loading routine either begins typing the continuation (with “SH” so far) or asks me to type the “other part” of the word. This is clearly a case where instruction plays a function which I know is necessary and which Peggy can also accept as necessary for her to play as large a role as she is capable of.

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3V1223.02 Duets (5/29/81)

Peggy has begun to ask me to help her sing, even ‘The Fox went out on a chilly night.” What typically happens is that I sing a little, she sings a lot and when she is stymied, I sing a little more. This scenario seems to derive from two sources; one may be her joint singing attempts in the alphabet sounds with Miriam; the other comes from an incident in Cambridge last week.

Going back to Mrs. Tack’s, Peggy asked me to tell her a story. I began with no script in mind and, when we came to some decision point, I would ask Peggy who or what did whatever. We continued this cooperative mode for only a little while till I distracted her with a Tintin book and fell asleep myself.


Peggy Study, Panel P174

Themes: Language Development, Object Exploration, Social Interaction: Computer Use
Source: (Lawler); date: tbd

Text commentary: The computer used here, a TI-99 PC, was the MIT Logo Project development machine; when the Lab shipped TI-Logo to Texas Instruments, Seymour Papert released the machine for use in my developmental study of Peggy for for my creation of what we came to call computer based microworlds.

P174A Using ABC Program, 29mb

P174B1 Monkey Jump (Hanoi Tower), 19mb

P1744B2 Monkey Jump (Hanoi Tower), 18mb

P174C Discrete Substance, 27mb

P174D1 Colored Blocks, 24mb

P174D2 Colored Blocks, 9mb

P174E Plastic Letters, 16mb

P174F Toy Animals Play, 8mb