Some thoughts from some total beginners (me and my kids, ages 4, 7, 9):
(1) the tutorial is visually appealing and easy to understand
(2) the AI is really convenient and "friendly" for them to play lots of games quickly
(3) scoring/end of game in the full game is confusing and it helps my little ones get into the game by leaving that complexity out. As an aside: the stone counting system works nicely as a natural source of math problems for v young kids to practice counting/estimating/multiplication. I guess proper scoring systems also have this feature, but it adds an extra level of abstraction as counting stones is a little more natural than counting empty spaces.
As a second aside, the first game I watched was Lee Sedol vs AlphaGo and I was quite bewildered when Lee Sedol resigned and I had no idea who was ahead, let alone that the end of the game was so clear.
I like the idea of using computer go for teaching, and I think that the page you put together looks nice. One thing I might consider would be to do something about the computer's continued play after it's obviously lost the game.
Our problem is the opposite: shortening the game when we've clearly lost! I suggested adding a button for the player to resign to let them jump back to the game replay and get next-move hints.
For my kids when they have won, they actually enjoy the last phase of the game sealing the victory as each stone they place is like a little reward for defeating the AI.
(5) Any thoughts on how strong the AI is on the 9x9 board? My kids asked me if anyone could post a game where they defeated the AI on a 9 stone handicap. The best we've managed is to play white and win without any handicap stones.
(6) Finally, in addition to Crazy Sensei, our introduction to Go has been:
- Interactive Way to Go (http://playgo.to/iwtg/en/
). Also a very nice tutorial that goes several steps beyond the Crazy Sensei tutorial. Sorry to say, but clunkier interface loses points for a first introduction if the audience is at all skeptical. I think it will work well to go back to this tutorial after starting with Remi's tutorial.
- Yukari Sensei videos that were shown with Hikaru no Go
- Playing lots of small boards (1x1 to 5x5, 9x9) on a makeshift board at home: http://3jlearneng.blogspot.com/search/label/go
- tsumego from iPhone Go Problems app.