Michael Tempel and Sean Justice teamed up to organize the December 6, 2014 edition of Scratch Day to celebrate anyone doing creative computing projects using the Scratch programming environment. It was held at Teachers College, Columbia University. Check out the PDF of the program here: http://el.media.mit.edu/logo-foundation/calendar/pdf/program2014.pdf
There were awesome workshops offered throughout the day by many old and new friends. I led an afternoon session on using Snap! to create a digital kaleidoscope. I wrote about doing this activity with the 6th graders earlier this year.
Sean used Tagboard to aggregate any tweets or photos tagged with #ScratchTC (on Twitter and Instagram). You can view the collection (including some of my additions) here: http://tgb.io/scratchtc
There will be another Scratch Day at Greenwich Academy on January 24, 2015! The program for January 24’s event is here: http://www.greenwichacademy.org/page.cfm?p=808
Here’s a video of Steve Farnsworth and some people from his session demonstrating how to make musical sounds created by sensors attached to an Arduino and Scratch code…
One awesome kiddo located images of me as costumes for her sprites…
In July, I took a week-long course about the Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum co-sponsored by CSNYC and TEALS. They organized a week of learning for us led by Josh Paley (@paley2). Josh adapts the BJC curriculum to teach computer science to high schoolers and college students. Josh shared numerous projects and examples and teaching strategies. While Snap (out of Berkeley) is super similar to Scratch (out of MIT), I have not seen any evidence that there is any East Coast vs. West Coast turf war. Snap is a BYOB environment (build your own block), which is a pretty powerful modification of Scratch. Here’s a Google Doc full of awesome resources that Josh shared with us: http://tinyurl.com/nycbjcaug2014
I replicated the Kaleidoscope program with 6th graders today, as it was one of the easier projects I did with Josh that just entailed having multiple sprites on the screen. The students and I had a great conversation about sprites, costumes, and rules of reflection about the x-axis and y-axis. Here is a link to the program: http://tinyurl.com/krbkaleidoscope — use the space bar starts the action and the c key clears the screen.
Thank you again to Cindy Gao of CSNYC, Nathaniel Granor of TEALS, and Josh Paley for a great week of inspiration!
I’m in Catherine Hildebrandt’s
) 6th grade math classes today talking about interior/exterior angles and showing the kids how to use Snap!
to draw polygons.
I found a good lesson guide here:
Snap is basically Scratch running in a web browser rather than as an autonomous application on your computer. Snap runs really well on the iPad too, since it entails dragging programmable blocks into place in a browser window.
Michael Tempel of The Logo Foundation recently had an article published in CSTA about teaching programming to kids using a Blocks Programming interface.