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Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Raymond Abrashkin. No more homework! Professor Bullfinch goes off to attend a scientific conference and leaves Danny in charge of his new miniature automatic computer called Miniac. Danny calls it a midget giant brain and suddenly comes up with an idea.
Could he program Minny to help him do his homework faster? Soon, Irene and Joe are in on the secret and the three friends are busy feeding in No more homework! Soon, Irene and Joe are in on the secret and the three friends are busy feeding information from their school books into Minny , the mechanical brain. All goes well until their old enemy, Snitcher, starts spying on them--and decides to try his hand at sabotage! Get A Copy.
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Be the first to ask a question about Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 16, Shawn rated it really liked it Shelves: r-juv-dno. I read this as a young boy and just recently had to re-read it as part of my job we're prepping them for e-book releases.
In this installment, children reading this book will learn abo I read this as a young boy and just recently had to re-read it as part of my job we're prepping them for e-book releases. In this installment, children reading this book will learn about computers circa - how they work, what programming them means, what they can do, what they CAN'T do and what they are not self-aware.
The Danny Dunn books, to my recollection, usually had one slightly fanciful element included while attempting to generally teach kids about some aspect of science and this was no exception. Hijinks ensue due to the sabotage of "Snitcher" Harris, perpetual foil for Danny. In the end, the kids learn that by having to do the work of programming the information they needed for their homework into the computer, all they were really saving themselves was some time, as they were still learning what they needed to know Irene does a bang-up job recovering from her garbled, MINIAC sabotaged report on Peru by basically remembering every page she entered on the spot!
Good for her! There are some surprisingly nice grace notes here for a book aimed at 8 to year-olds: short conversations about class sizes and effective teaching, if children should be allowed to use modern "tools" to help them in class "you wouldn't expect us to write with quills and ink?
Eddie "Snitcher" Phillips, interestingly, while the obligatory "mean kid," is not dumb and figures out how to sabotage the computer pretty effectively unlike his cohort Fatso. Irene stands up for women scientists, the choice to have Joe be a somewhat morose young poet is an interesting one he might not have made it out of the s counter culture as a young adult! Two things struck me - one is the odd irony of people reading this on a kindle, the other that someone needs to create a character for children nowadays to make them interested in the practical and visionary aspects of science, ala COSMOS.
View 2 comments. Feb 22, Kevin rated it really liked it Recommended to Kevin by: teacher. Shelves: computer , science-fiction , ya , tech , re-read. This book came out in but I still fondly remember my introduction to computers through it's pages when I was in first grade back in and I dreamed of actually owning my own computer.
It wasn't to happen for 17 more years before I was the proud owner of an Atari Ah, the Homework Machine. A machine that works out arithmetic problems and grammar questions perfectly, and even does social studies homework. Who wouldn't want one? Danny and Joe meet Irene and the three of them immediately are up to scientific mischief, using Professor Bullfinch's new computer to do their homework for them. Remember that this book was written in when computers were real computers, taking up an entire large room, with tape drives, blinking lights and lots of buttons.
The id Ah, the Homework Machine. The idea of a computer so small according to the book's illustration, about the size of a refrigerator was science fiction at the time. I'm not sure how a kid today is going to react to the marvel of the computer in Danny Dunn's basement when they have one on their desk.
But the book holds up remarkably well. There is a nice reversal of the traditional sex roles of the time with Danny's best friend Joe writing poetry while his other best friend Irene is interested in science. The point made by author Jay Williams that computer don't "think" but merely process information we feed into them is just as true for today's PCs as it was for the IBM giants of yesteryear. It is a bit corny, but the message it relays about experiential and constructive learning is consistent with educational theory of the 90's.
Knowledge is often best attained when the student at whatever age helps to construct it themselves rather than having it handed to them to memorize. But then kids don't have to know this to enjoy the book. View all 3 comments.
Shelves: classic , kids-teens , sci-fi. This is a "golden-oldie" SBS book! It was published in ! So fascinating to see how people related to the very first computers, which took up a whole room! The in-home kind was probably a fantasy at that time! Feb 12, Eugene Miya rated it really liked it.
Before "personal computers", computer graphics, and the net, I read this book, and had this book read to me by my 6th Grade teacher Mr. And one of the things I recall was that Danny had to do just about as much work to get the homework machine to do his homework, that he might as well have done his homework. That gave me a nice edge later in junior high school, high school, college, graduate school, and "the real world".
Later, I would hear about hobbyists, and even 8th graders using comp Before "personal computers", computer graphics, and the net, I read this book, and had this book read to me by my 6th Grade teacher Mr. Later, I would hear about hobbyists, and even 8th graders using computers at work places in the evenings. Who would have thunk? Well a guy named Vandy Bush did about 20 years before in an article titled As We May Think which was the first test case web search I ever did as well as a college assignment.
This was quite a book ahead of its time. We had other Danny Dunn books, too, but none as significant as this one. I wonder if it affected my other classmates as well?
Sep 29, Colin rated it liked it Shelves: childhoodfaves , childrens , fiction. I think this was an old book of my half-sister's or my mom's that I found as a kid, originally published in the late 50s. As an adult, I was pleasantly surprised to find a feminist element with the main girl character also into science , and amused by the "advanced" computer that only took up half a room and the dialogue of "Gee, that's swell!
Dec 18, Jodi rated it really liked it. I loved Danny Dunn books when I was young. I just read this one to my three youngest and it was a hit! They kept begging for one more chapter every time I read. I'm not sure how much of the science they got, but they sure loved it when Irene pushed Snitcher in the mud puddle!
Dec 01, Kevin Tucker rated it it was ok Recommends it for: kids. Shelves: children , sci-fi , fiction. I remember really liking these stories when I was young. Now, the fact that they were written in the 50's is pretty evident. Jan 07, Joan rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , fiction , j-books , read-in , sci-fi.
Boy is this one out of date! A table with a computer filling the entire tabletop, called Minimac Minny for short and Mini because it is so tiny. Which it actually is compared with The Mark One mentioned in the book which filled an entire room.
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Danny Dunn and the Anti-Gravity Paint
The book is "about a boy who invents a machine to do his homework for him only to be tricked into doing more with his spare time". The book was first published in and originally illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. This is the first novel in the series to feature Irene. Danny uses a computer that Professor Bullfinch has created for NASA to prepare his homework, despite Professor Bullfinch's warning that Danny is to leave the machine alone. With his friend Joe Pearson and his new neighbor, Irene Miller, Danny has some success with the machine before it is sabotaged.
Space Captain Daniel Dunn stood on the bridge of the Revenge with his eyes on the viewer screens. He could see the fiery trails that were the rocket ships from Jupiter. Adjutant Dan Dunn ran up to report. He turned to the pilot.
I enjoyed reading this book and I liked that Gutman put it in different views of people so not just one character is telling the story behind the machine. April What would you do if you were a fifth grader facing a huge homework load every night, and you found out that there was a machine that would do all the work for you? Do we even have to ask? It is called Revenge of the Homework machine.
- Он, казалось, все еще продолжал сомневаться в том, что Хейл оказался вовлечен в планы Танкадо. - Я полагаю, Хейл держит этот пароль, глубоко запрятав его в компьютере, а дома, возможно, хранит копию. Так или иначе, он попал в западню.
Директорские апартаменты. В этот субботний вечер в Коридоре красного дерева было пусто, все служащие давно разошлись по домам, чтобы предаться излюбленным развлечениям влиятельных людей. Хотя Бринкерхофф всегда мечтал о настоящей карьере в агентстве, он вынужден был довольствоваться положением личного помощника - бюрократическим тупиком, в который его загнала политическая крысиная возня. Тот факт, что он работал рядом с самым влиятельным человеком во всем американском разведывательном сообществе, служил ему малым утешением.
Ей нужно было сосредоточиться на неотложных вещах, требующих срочного решения. - Я возьму на себя лабораторию систем безопасности, - сказал Стратмор. - Всю статистику по работе ТРАНСТЕКСТА, все данные о мутациях.