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What is ScratchEd? Launched in July 2009, ScratchEd is an online community where Scratch educators share stories, exchange resources, ask questions, and find people. Since its launch, more than 7500 educators from all around the world have joined the community, sharing hundreds of resources and engaging in thousands of discussions. Join the ScratchEd community for free at scratch-ed.org. How can I learn more about what educators are doing with Scratch – and how I might use it? Not sure what might be possible with Scratch? Read a story about how educators have been including Scratch activities in a wide range of learning environments. Or explore resources across ages, disciplines, and settings. Related:  robotsGaming

Animation for Kids | Create an animation online with AnimateStar ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games. ABCya’s award-winning Preschool computer games and apps are conceived and realized under the direction of a certified technology education teacher, and have been trusted by parents and teachers for ten years. Our educational games are easy to use and classroom friendly, with a focus on the alphabet, numbers, shapes, storybooks, art, music, holidays and much more!

Scratch Resources | Home - Nightly Scratch Curriculum Guide Draft | ScratchEd A design-based introduction to computational thinking with Scratch This Scratch curriculum guide provides an introduction to creative computing with Scratch, using a design-based learning approach. The guide is organized as a series of twenty 60-minute sessions, and includes session plans, handouts, projects, and videos. The 20 sessions presented in this guide are organized into 5 topics: introduction arts stories games final project You can download the full, current draft of the curriculum guide below - available in both pdf and doc formats. The guide was developed to be both subject-neutral and grade-neutral to accommodate different settings for any teacher who wants to support students’ development of computational thinking through explorations with Scratch. We are currently conducting a pilot of the curriculum guide with 11 educators. Now that the guide is launched, we'd love to hear your thoughts on it! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Making Games: The Ultimate Project-Based Learning Gamestar Mechanic Part 6 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning. As game-based learning increases in popularity, it’s easy to get pigeon-holed into one particular way of thinking about it or one way of employing it. This is true regardless of how teachers feel about gaming in the classroom, whether they’re for or against it. One common objection to game-based learning is that students will sit in front of screens being taught at. In previous posts in this series, I’ve argued that because games involve systems thinking, they contextualize learning. “Games are just simulators with an internal incentive structure (often dopamine based). However, virtual simulations of hands-on experience are not the same as tangibly engaging with the world. Fortunately, few people are calling for games to replace school as we know it. Just as there are many apps and platforms designed to teach kids coding, there are also many apps and platforms that make it easy for kids to design their own games.

Student Reporting Labs Curriculum | PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Here at PBS NewsHour, we believe that journalism and storytelling are “killer apps” that use the best practices of project-based learning to build engaged and digitally-literate young citizens. The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program supports teachers and young people to report on important issues in their community, creating impactful video reports for the national NewsHour audience. Along with technical instruction on the use of cameras and editing equipment, this program also includes a meaningful focus on understanding the role of journalism in society and developing broader communication skills, including listening, asking questions, public speaking, and finding, analyzing and evaluating the quality of information. Our curriculum was developed with our partners at the Media Education Lab of Temple University as well as media professionals and high school teachers. Unit Resources: The curriculm, which can be downloaded in its entirety below, is divided into three units:

The Whiteboard Blog : Stop Motion Filming with JellyCam The Whiteboard Blog JellyCam is a simple, free piece of software to allow you to make stop motion videos using a webcam. You can download JellyCam for free here. As a complete beginner, I found it very easy to use. There’s very little in the way of whistles and bells. You hit the space bar to take another frame, and the software allows onionskinning so you can get an idea of how the new frame relates to the last frame. You could use this with a webcam, a visualiser, or upload still photographs taken with a regular digital camera. JellyCam produces a Flash Video file (flv) from your movie and even links straight to YouTube so that you can upload your finished video. Here’s something I put together in about 5 minutes after installing JellyCam. You’ll need Adobe Air to be able to install it. Thanks to Angie at Edit Training for tipping me off to this software.

Scratch FAQ | Scratch Documentation Site - Nightly General Questions What is Scratch, and what can I do with it? Scratch is a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations -- and share your creations with others around the world. How do I make a game or animation with Scratch? Check out the help page to see lots of ways to get started with Scratch. What are the system requirements for Scratch? To run Scratch 2, you need a relatively recent web browser (Chrome 7 or later, Firefox 4 or later, or Internet Explorer 7 or later) with Adobe Flash Player version 10.2 or later installed. Do you have an downloadable version so I can create and view projects offline? The Scratch 2 offline editor (beta version) is now available. Can I still upload projects created with older versions of Scratch to the website? Yes - you can share or upload projects made with earlier versions of Scratch, and they will be visible and playable. Can I make a video with Scratch and upload it to YouTube? No.

LEGO WeDo Construction Set "Motor" redirects here. For the block category with that name, see Motor Blocks. A LEGO WeDo robot being used with Scratch. The LEGO® WeDo™ Construction Kit is a simple robotics tool designed for ages 7–11. It allows users to design their own interactive machines, and then program them using drag-and-drop software like Scratch. In Scratch 2.0, you can add a LEGO WeDo extension within the "More Blocks" category. LEGO WeDo Parts LEGO WeDo with Scratch 2.0 The LEGO WeDo Construction Kit can be used with the online editor of Scratch 2.0 by adding an extension. Note: Scratch 2.0 offline editor does not support LEGO WeDo yet. LEGO WeDo Extension Blocks LEGO WeDo with Scratch 1.4 The Motor blocks in 1.4. To show the blocks to control the LEGO WeDo motors, click "Show Motor Blocks" in the Edit tab. See Also External Links

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