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					                                  Mortan
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                                                          Description
                                                           Mortran is freeware
                                                          written by Mark
                                                          Pelczarski. It is a spoof
                                                          on the name “Fortran”,
                                                          one of the first
                                                          programming languages.
                                                          Mortran enables the
                                                          user to learn some of
                                                          the basics of computer
                                                          programming by telling
                                                          a “robot mouse” how to
                                                          navigate through a
                                                          variety of mazes.
                                                          Learners have the
opportunity to experiment with some of the fundamentals of computer
programming by using sequences of commands, conditional statements and loops.


Suggested Student Activities: There are a wide variety of levels offered in this
program. Each level increases in difficulty, encouraging the user to try more
complicated sequences of commands, etc. The activities in each level are self
correcting.

At the lower grades, have the students start with Easy Mazes 1, 2, &3. Depending
upon students’ ages and skill levels, mark the mazes on the floor and let them walk
out the mazes. Once they are comfortable with the “maze” concept and can easily
direct the mouse to complete the maze, move onto to L-shaped mazes (5 different
mazes) and T-shaped mazes (4 different mazes). As with the Easy Mazes, let the
children pretend they are the mouse and have them walk out the maze. Then move
onto Simple Mazes and if the children are capable, let them use the “All the rest”
mazes. (These mazes were designed by other children and are distributed with the
software.) At the lower grades, the children might just use the basic programming
steps of: Turn Right, Turn Left, Turn Around, Move Forward, Squeak, and Eat
Cheese.




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                          The Learning Together Conference
                           MaryLouise Lisi, January 24, 2003
At the higher grades, it might be necessary to have the children complete all the
steps that the younger students did, especially if the children have no familiarity
with the concept of a maze or programming.

Extended Student Activities: At any level, if the child is ready, let them try
creating and saving their own mazes. They can then share these mazes with their
peers.


Other Info: Mortran will run under Windows 95 or later.

                 Submitted by: MaryLouise Lisi, mllisi@wsd1.org




                      Free For Everyone – Not a “Free For All!”
                          The Learning Together Conference
                           MaryLouise Lisi, January 24, 2003
                          Mortran Checklist

Name: __________________ Room: ______ Date: ___________




      Record the number of steps for each try for each maze.
                     Try 1             Try 2            Try 3
Easy Maze 1
Easy Maze 2
Easy Maze 3




                 Free For Everyone – Not a “Free For All!”
                     The Learning Together Conference
                      MaryLouise Lisi, January 24, 2003
                          Mortran Checklist

Name: __________________ Room: ______ Date: ___________




      Record the number of steps for each try for each maze.
                     Try 1             Try 2            Try 3
L-Maze 1
L-Maze 2
L-Maze 3
L-Maze 4
L-Maze 5




                 Free For Everyone – Not a “Free For All!”
                     The Learning Together Conference
                      MaryLouise Lisi, January 24, 2003
                          Mortran Checklist

Name: __________________ Room: ______ Date: ___________




      Record the number of steps for each try for each maze.
                     Try 1             Try 2            Try 3
T-Maze 1
T-Maze 2
T-Maze 3
T-Maze 4




                 Free For Everyone – Not a “Free For All!”
                     The Learning Together Conference
                      MaryLouise Lisi, January 24, 2003
Participant Notes:




Where this fits into my grade(s) program or
curriculum (a):




Ideas for Alternate Uses:




              Free For Everyone – Not a “Free For All!”
                  The Learning Together Conference
                   MaryLouise Lisi, January 24, 2003