scratch – Shall We Learn You never know what will happen next in life. One lazy afternoon, when I was enjoying my afternoon tea, two funny yellow birds showed up at my door. They introduced themselves as Tweet and Mini Tweet. Continue reading “Learning Scratch with Tweet and Mini Tweet: What is Scratch?” Have you heard of Scratch? Continue reading “Scratch Lesson 1: Introducing Scratch and Creating Sprite” » In Lesson 1, we created a sprite and also create four costumes: “front”, “back”, “facing left”, and “facing right”. In this lesson, we will make our sprite dance, and dance to the beat. Continue reading “Scratch Lesson 2: Animating a Sprite (Dance)” » In this lesson 2, we make our sprite dance. In this lesson 3, we make our sprite dance. In this lesson, I will show you how to make sprites move to certain locations on the Stage. Continue reading “Scratch Lesson 5: Work with the Stage” » In this lesson, I will show you how to create a tune using Scratch’s Sound Tool Kit.
Code Avengers | Code Avengers Kids must code on iPads An important 21st Century skill This post is about a topic and app close to my heart. Computer programming is the engine of modern life and dream maker for tens of thousands. What learning to code offers young people. Even I was surprised at how much my students have enjoyed their first experience of coding this year. Accessible to anyone Coding is problem solving and like any puzzle, it seems to immediately engage kids as long as the puzzle pieces are easy to play with and move around. Quick & keen My colleague and I had written a typical coding introduction for our 12 & 13 year olds using Hopscotch but very quickly realised that the app negated traditional approaches as it was so intuitive. “Let’s make Flappy Birds!” Within the first hour, a 12-year-old had already realised the the ‘world issue’ that was “the death of Flappy Birds” could be solved with Hopscotch. We were also amazed to get recognised by the folks at Hopscotch! Personalised learning What’s coming next? Like this:
Gamestar Mechanic How to Grow a Thriving Indoor Apartment Garden Is lack of expansive outdoor space the only factor that is preventing you from putting your green thumb to good use? Even if your tiny apartment doesn't come with a balcony or an outdoor patio, you can grow a number of green things within the limited confines of your indoor space for your visual and gustatory pleasure. Sunny windowsills are perfect for growing herbs and small vegetables. Empty walls can be used to install vertical planters, and ceilings can even be taken advantage of to install hanging or upside-down planters. If you are a complete beginner and want to start with something super-low-maintenance, you can sprout seeds, raise tiny succulents or make friends with air plants. Got your own experiences and tips for indoor apartment gardening? Click on image to enlarge.
How To: Turn Logs into a Natural Raised Garden Bed! » Curbly | DIY Design Community So... let's say you just finished up an epic weekend of tree pruning and yard clearing, or just happen to have a pile of sticks and logs hanging around. If you're a resourceful Curblier, you know there's something to be done with all that yard waste besides tossing it or turning it into a giant bonfire. But what? We have the answer below! After clearing his yard for a garden makeover, Instructables user "Jamieicecream" had two dilemmas: 1) What to do with all that yard waste? and 2) How to build a raised garden bed with no money? Jamie offers an in-depth walk through of the whole process, start to finish, over on Instructables so head over there to see how it's done. Tagged : Inspiration, thrift, garden, outdoor, repurpose, recycling, Reuse, branch, logs, tree, wood, stump, How-To, natural, rustic, Affordable, budget-friendly, DIY
CodeCombat - Learn how to code by playing a game Why CodeCombat? If you want to learn to program, you don't need lessons. You need to write a lot of code and have a great time doing it. That's what programming is about. It's gotta be fun. Not fun like yay a badge but fun like NO MOM I HAVE TO FINISH THE LEVEL! If you're going to get addicted to some game, get addicted to this one and become one of the wizards of the tech age. Bloggers/Press Want to write about us? Contact CodeCombat, Inc.188 King St #507San Francisco, CA email@example.com
Grow a Year-Round Salad Garden Curbly-Original As you may have gathered from my weekly "Foodie Friday" posts I enjoy cooking, but equally I enjoying growing my own food, which I write about on my site, curate this space. Aside from the health and nutritional benefits of doing so, there is also something quite primal about knowing where and how your food is grown. Today I'm going to teach you how to grow your own easy to grow salad garden which will grow all year round in frost free areas. If you are new to gardening and growing your own here are a couple basic concepts you you need to grasp that will stand you in good stead for growing healthy plants. SOIL: A balanced potting mix is 1 part sand, 1 part compost and 1 part peat. SUN: Most vegetables and herbs need a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, fruiting plants closer on 9 hours. WATER: Sadly water isn't an impirical measurement, but a yardstick I like to work with is to insert your index finger up to the second digit and gauge it. Room : Kitchen, outdoor
How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden Good news and bad news. I had planned to film a short video showing you how to make a pallet garden, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I was stapling the landscape fabric onto the pallet when it started drizzling and got really windy. So keep reading my pallet loving friends, instructions on how to make your own pallet garden are just a few lines away… Find a Pallet The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. Don’t just take the first pallet you find. Collect Your Supplies For this project, you’ll need the pallet you found, 2 large bags of potting soil, 16 six packs of annual flowers (one six pack per opening on the face of the pallet, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden), a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper. Get Your Pallet into Shape Once you’ve dragged your pallet home, give it a once over. Let the Stapling Begin! Lay the pallet face down. Now for the sides. Now for the Fun Part–Planting!
How to Turn Coffee Tins into a Hanging Herb Garden » Curbly | DIY Design Community Even though summer is on the wane, that doesn't mean we still can't plant an herb garden. Like this one! So colorful and lively it will keep summer in your heart all autumn and winter long. Wanna make one? tin containers with plastic lids (like coffee cans)coat hangerspliersscissorsherbsmasking tapecoffee filters (genius!) For the entire tute, saunter on over to Persephone Magazine. Tagged : herbs, garden, hanging, How-To, DIY
Create Newspaper Pots for Seed-Starting Previous 1 of 8 Photos Next x + Enlarge Photo – Shrink Photo Save 2458 392 7 Google13 Stumble Share Newspaper Seed-Starter Pots You can grow dozens or even hundreds of new plants to fill your yard and garden with great flavors and bright color for the cost of just a few packets of seed. By: Nan Ondra Tags: Learn about Crafts View Crafts Photo Albums Photos 0 Comments Post We Recommend... 15 Clever Ways to Start Seeds Get growing with these fun, inexpensive seed-starting projects. See Also: From Our Sister Sites: ShareThis Copy and Paste