Sunday, February 16, 2014

Chat with Deb - Coding with Scratch

Let me introduce you to a programming site called Scratch.
Intuitive and Creative Students will Thrive With Scratch

Resources shared in this video:

Here are a few more things to know about Scratch:

There are guidelines that students must follow when in the community:

When exploring, a person can choose what type of Scratch they are searching for:

The Scratched Community has free lesson plans for teachers to use:

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this video!

A Scary Story About Coding:
When I was in college, I had to take a computer programming class.
In this class, collaborating and sharing code was looked at as cheating.  We were expected to do all of the coding on our own.  I remember going into the basement of our business education building where there was a lab of about 15 computers (the kind with the green screen!)  and a dot printer.  In order to succeed in this class, many of us figured out that we could go to the recycling bin and pull out someone's coding that was partly correct and use it to get started.  Then as we worked, we would continue to visit the recycling bin, hopefully with out getting caught, to add to our code until we were able to get it right.  This was how we collaborated in 1989!
Thank goodness times have changed and our students are learning how to learn from one another and how to support one another in their educational challenges!

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