Kids' Books for Raw Beginners

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Kids' Books for Raw Beginners

Postby mdavidjohnson » 2019-08-20 04:03

I've seen the "Beginner's Guide" and "How to Help Someone Use a Computer" sticky posts here and they seem quite helpful. But I'm also looking for a book or two (pdf and/or hard copy) just for kids who are raw beginners. I'm setting-up a Debian 10 box for my grandchildren, ages 12, 10, 9, 8, and 7, in another city. I want them to have something that will help them when I'm not there (and not connected to their machine via TeamViewer or SSH via No-IP). I've been searching through the web and at Amazon, but I'm not finding anything which seems basic enough. (I'll include some slightly more advanced stuff, but I want something that will help from the very very beginning). Could anyone here point me to some good candidates for this?
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Re: Kids' Books for Raw Beginners

Postby Dai_trying » 2019-08-20 07:17

If you want something to help them learn how to use a Linux computer rather than a Windows one I would suggest making sure they can use Google (or your preferred search engine) as most information can be found but not necessarily in the same place, so a simple search usually turns up a good answer. So teaching them good searching habits could be the key information they would need.
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Re: Kids' Books for Raw Beginners

Postby mdavidjohnson » 2019-08-21 15:14

I agree. Google skills are a must. And, I will be teaching them that. But an all-in-one-place introduction would also be nice - as a frustration minimizer if nothing else (e.g. Google "Linux"; get "About 785,000,000 results").
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Re: Kids' Books for Raw Beginners

Postby Dai_trying » 2019-08-21 23:12

Yes I agree, but that is why correct search terms become more important, and there can be so much to learn that if it were put into a single site/pdf then it would be huge! For instance, I use the terminal more than a gui and some references and learning material could include
https://guide.bash.academy/
http://tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/
https://devhints.io/bash
http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/
And that is only touching the surface of just one aspect (albeit the most important one IMO) of using Linux. And then there are the much ignored man pages which can hold a wealth of information on any given command, which are also available online.

I think the Debian Wiki is also most valuable as you are using this OS.
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Re: Kids' Books for Raw Beginners

Postby Segfault » 2019-08-22 00:03

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Re: Kids' Books for Raw Beginners

Postby arzgi » 2019-08-22 10:55

There is debian-refcard package. Can be a litte terse to 7 years old :roll:

I think that to someone that young you should teach how to boot and shutdown, start programs, how do they work. 12 years old can do more, as already brought up, perhaps best advice is to show how to use google/start page/duckduckgo/ etc.
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