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Scratch 2.0 Overview Video. Scratch Overview. Sample Scratch Projects. Creative Computing. 7 units44 activitiesremixing encouraged download the guide> help learnerscreate new worldswith computing download the guide an introductorycomputing curriculumusing Scratch What is Creative Computing?

Creative Computing

Creative computing is...creativity. Computer science and computing-related fields have long been introduced to young people in a way that is disconnected from their interests and values – emphasizing technical detail over creative potential. Creative computing is...empowerment. Many young people with access to computers participate as consumers, rather than designers or creators. Creative computing is...computing. Engaging in the creation of computational artifacts prepares young people for more than careers as computer scientists or programmers. Get Started! Begin your creative computing experience by downloading the guide The guide can be used in a variety of settings (classrooms, clubs, museums, libraries, and more) with a variety of learners (K-12, college, and beyond).

Download. Creative Computing. This guide was developed by members of the ScratchEd research team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Christan Balch, Michelle Chung, and Karen Brennan.

Creative Computing

We encourage you to use as much or as little of the guide as you like, to design new activities, and to remix the included activities. No matter your prior experience or expertise, we think of every educator as a co-designer of the Creative Computing experience. We would love to learn about what you’re doing, so we encourage you to document and share your experiences with us and with other educators via the ScratchEd community at We are releasing this guide under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, which means that you are completely free to use, change, and share this work, as long as you provide appropriate attribution and give others access to any derivative works.

The original guide, for educators. Webmaker. Gamestar Mechanic. Easy Coding (for Kids) The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code. Even if you think the buzz around "learning how to code" is overkill, you have to admit it's here to stay.

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code

Just like it's easier to learn a foreign language if you start in grade school, getting an early grasp on mark-up and programming languages such as HTML, CSS and Java ensures you'll have an idea of what makes our digital lives and devices tick, even if you don't plan on becoming a software developer. Zach Sims, co-founder and CEO of Codecademy, tells Mashable that learning how to code is reasonably easy for beginners, especially people under 18. This year, Codecademy set up initiatives in England, Estonia and Argentina to bring coding education to young students — England and Estonia both added coding to their national curricula. As a result, Sims and the team found that "people in high schools can start with actual programming, and more advanced students in middle school can do the same,” he says. The key, though, is making the learning process interactive. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Code.org. Join the largest learning event in history, Dec 8-14, 2014. Beyond Minecraft: Games That Inspire Building and Exploration. By Tanner Higgin, Graphite The success and popularity of Minecraft in and out of classrooms is no surprise.

Beyond Minecraft: Games That Inspire Building and Exploration

It’s one of the best examples of the potential of learning with games because it embraces exploration, discovery, creation, collaboration, and problem-solving while allowing teachers to shepherd play toward any subject area. But Minecraft is not the only game of this kind. Take a look at some of these. 1. Garry’s Mod (GMod) is a sandbox game like Minecraft but instead of building and exploring, students use a fun physics engine that simulates things like gravity and mass. 2. Kerbal Space Program has a robust physics engine too, but it’s more focused than Garry’s Mod. 3.

Sound Shapes is a visually stunning platform puzzle game set to a rich musical soundscape. For creative kids who want to get their hands dirty, check out DIY, a site where students can find things to build, instructions for how to build them, and ways to share their creations with others. Related.