Connectors are one of the built in features of Squeak. Connectors allow easily creating concept maps, flow charts, etc., with boxes and connecting links.
Active essays can be developed in Squeak. These are similar to books where each page can contain simulations running in real time. Active essays combine a written essay, live simulations, and the programs that make them work in order to provide a deep explanation of a dynamic system. The reader works directly with multiple ways of representing the concepts under discussion. By “playing with” the simulations and code, the reader gets some hands-on experience with the topic.
Scratch is a scripting environment for children being developed at MIT which is built on top of Squeak: http://weblogs.media.mit.edu/llk/scratch/
Squeak has support for Unicode and some work has been done with two of the target languages, Telugu and Hindi. There is a large and vibrant Squeak community that is working on many different aspects of Squeak and educational applications.
- Squeak on OLPC
- Here is the main Squeak web page: http://www.squeak.org
- Installing Squeak
- And here you can find Squeak applied to educational use such as etoys, active essays and connectors: http://www.squeakland.org
Squeak Tutorial In Greek
A very useful tutorial for newbies has been written in Greek by the team of University of Patras. You may download it from: Squeak Tutorial PDF
PataPata is an environment written in Python, that tries to emulate some of the functionality of Squeak. It supports educational constructivism on the Python platform, inspired by "Squeak" and "Self", but going beyond those in a Pythonic way. It is intended to mainly support "unschooling", "free schooling", and "informal" education.
PyMorphic is a project that explores a Morphic-like architecture for Python.