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PER CODEX AD ASTRA: Scratch Jr är här! Om en vecka befinner jag mig på MIT på Scratchkonferens. Pirr i magen redan nu av förväntan. Så lämpligt då att ScratchJr har släppts för iPad, så att jag kan roa mig lite innan jag åker. Jag har bara lekt lite tillsammans med min fyraåriga dotter, men gillar vad jag ser. Det här blir ett verktyg jag kan rekommendera till yngre barn, helt klart. Jag gillar speciellt att det går att lägga in egna bilder, precis som i webbversionen för de äldre. Jag saknar att kunna gå till specifika koordinater, men kan förstå att det förenklats bort. Att allt bygger på symboler och inte språk är ett annat plus. Det här är mitt och fyraåringen andra försök. Jag tycker att det var lätt att komma igång, även för en sån som jag som envisas med att inte läsa instruktioner förrän det kniper.

Scratch 2.0 Custom blocks The vector paint editor Cloud variables Scratch 2.0, also known as Scratch 2,[1] is the second, current major version of Scratch, following Scratch 1.4. It went into public beta on January 28, 2013,[2] and it was officially released on May 9, 2013. History Main article: Development of Scratch 2.0 Scratch 2.0 was announced by andresmh on the Scratch Forums in January 2010. In December 2012, the public beta was announced to begin on January 28, 2013. On May 13, 2014, the source code for Scratch 2.0 was released.[5] It is available at LLK/scratch-flash on GitHub. Offline Editor Main article: Offline Editor The beta version of the offline Scratch 2.0 editor was released on August 26 and can be downloaded here. Features Scratch has been completely rewritten in Adobe Flash for version 2.0 but still runs projects from older versions of Scratch. Upcoming Features The following Scratch 2.0 features are not yet finished nor released yet: Beta criticism Known bugs and press enter. Gallery Trivia

Scratch Lesson 1: Programming an Etch-a-Sketch Game There's been much talk in the media recently about the need and value in teaching computer programming in primary schools - see this article from the BBC News website and this article from the BBC Newsround website, for instance. A few years ago I blogged my lessons about how to program Scratch games but felt that they needed revisiting since I've tweaked and improved them since then. To begin, it's worthwhile just highlighting the progression that the pupils have in programming at my school so that you can see where teaching Scratch programming during Year 5 fits in. Scratch can be downloaded for free by clicking here. Now unfortunately if you just open the application up, by default it gives you a cat to move around – to make the progression from MSW Logo easier though, I instead always open up a project file (as Scratch calls them) where I’ve replaced this cat character (or ‘sprite’) with a more familiar and less distracting triangle. (Download new game.sb template project.)

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