Thursday, September 26, 2013

123-Let's Scratch

Started Scratching with my 3/4 graders following the creative computing curriculum from MIT media lab and the design-based learning approach.  Students are creating an e-design notebook to document their experience along the way.  First session was viewing the intro video and then discussing what makes Scratch different from other computer experiences - play vs. create etc.
Next session was students brainstorming three things they could show about themselves in an "All About Me" Scratch project - photos, videos, sprites, change background
Students are also using Scratch for science (zoogle) project and in ELA by using it to show an example of figurative language (idiom, pun, etc)

Quotable quotes:
H: (when about to show me his Scratch) - I didn't really test this one...
A: (in the background) Then it's not going to work if you didn't test it...
Mrs. M:  What makes you say it's not going to work if you don't test?
A:  Because you have do some, then test or else you don't know if it works or not.
Iterative thinking and practice in action!

Students facing challenges in Scratch:
G:  I keep trying to make a block called wait 5 seconds, but whenever I press on the script then, it ignores the block

Here is a student helping with a solution:
H:  There are two ways to do this.  First way is go into 'controls' and look at top block which is 'wait' and then type in number of seconds and that is a 'wait 5 seconds block.'  There is another way which is to make a block through the make a block section and define it by using the 'wait' block and then put in 5 seconds.

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