Easy Projects to Get Started with Scratch: Drawing 2D Shapes I had my first computer programming experience in ninth grade. I had just moved, and my new guidance counselor persuaded me to take a computer programming class because there were no other open electives. I was dubious. It appeared that coding was either not fun, not cool, not easy, or perhaps all three. We used a language called BASIC to learn about managing data sets, sorting lists, and computing algebraic expressions. Using Scratch in the Classroom: Five Ideas Are your students interested in the "Maker Movement," a growing community of DIY tech enthusiasts who are applying creative skills to create everything from robots to printers using free software and Web-based tools? MIT’s Scratch lets junior programmers and aspiring "makers" ages eight and up create video animations, games, interactive stories, digital instruments and more. Instead of requiring technical coding, the free Scratch tool uses color-coded bars that are placed in an interlocking command sequence.
Helping Young Children Experiment, Explore, and Express Themselves with Code — Scratch Foundation Blog Helping Young Children Experiment, Explore, and Express Themselves with Code Below is an excerpt from The Official ScratchJr Book: Help Your Kids Learn to Code, an easy-to-use, hands-on guide for parents and educators. Written by the creators of ScratchJr, Marina Umaschi Bers (Professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University) and Mitchel Resnick (Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab), The Official ScratchJr Book is the perfect companion to the ScratchJr app. With ScratchJr, young children can bring their stories and ideas to life by connecting blocks of code to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing.
Learn Tips & Hints Tips and hints that you might find useful as you explore ScratchJr. For answers to more general questions about ScratchJr, see the Frequently Asked Questions. About Who Supported ScratchJr? The ScratchJr project has received generous financial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF DRL-1118664), Scratch Foundation, LEGO Foundation, British Telecommunications, and Adobe Systems. If you enjoy using this free app, please consider making a donation to the Scratch Foundation (www.scratchfoundation.org), a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing support for ScratchJr.
10 Squares (The 100th SDS!) Celebrate the 100th SDS with us by creating a project with 10 squares! Create a project that contains 10 squares on the screen at a time, and 10 squares only. It could be a train driving on a track, with the train made out of 7 squares, and the tracks made out of 3. It could be an Ice-cream simulator with the ice cream made out of 5 squares, and the ice cream machine made out of the other 5 squares. The possibilities are endless!
ScratchJr The current ScratchJr logo. The first prototype of the program. ScratchJr is a mobile application released on July 30, 2014 for the iPad. It is developed by Tufts University, with grants from the National Science Foundation, to allow young kids (the target is age 5 to age 7) to easily learn programming with a system based on Scratch. Scratch Programming Resources, Tutorials, and Books In this clip, Cameron gives us the quick introduction to what’s different in the PBS Kids ScratchJr app that was released today. You can find it in your app store. Some below the fold tech stuff: Despite a recent post promoting the Andy Android Emulator, I had to install a different emulator (Bluestacks) to get the PBS version of Scratch to run.
Research on Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share Research on Scratch is being conducted by members of the MIT Scratch Team and researchers at other universities, including Yasmin Kafai at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Karen Brennan at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Benjamin Mako Hill at the University of Washington, Andrés Monroy Hernandez at Microsoft Research, Mimi Ito and Crystle Martin at the University of California, Irvine, Quinn Burke at College of Charleston, Deborah Fields at Utah State University, and Kylie Peppler at Indiana University. By sharing projects and participating in the Scratch online community, you are helping us better understand how people can use and learn with Scratch. Any publicly shared projects, comments, or other material on the Scratch site may be included in the research analysis, presentations, papers, and reports. No personally identifiable information is shared.
Coding in French - Free Printable Coding Blocks It’s a pleasure to have a guest blog post today by Ashley Soltesz, a fellow French teacher who like me is on a mission to share French resources with others so we don’t have to keep recreating the wheel! She’s made some amazing free French printable coding blocks you can use in your classrooms, enjoy! A primary goal for me as a French Language Teacher is for my students to see the relevance in learning to communicate in French, be it in Reading, Writing, or Speaking. I want my students to know that what they do in English, they can do in French and in turn, receive many opportunities because of this skill that they have. If, somewhere in the future, my students think back to the time spent in my classroom, I want them to remember that what they learned, was useful and important to them.