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John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Snap vs. Scratch - 2 views

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    "Yesterday, I shared a student-produced video from Next Vista for Learning. This morning I have a good example of a teacher-produced video found on Next Vista. In the following video Brian Ellis explains what the Snap programming language is, demonstrates how it works, and explains the differences between Snap and Scratch. Take a look at the video and think about how your students might make use of Snap's features."
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Vector Scratch Blocks | ScratchEd - 1 views

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    "After seeing these hands-on blocks I thought it would be great if anyone could make their own.  So I set about creating some vector versions of the standard Scratch blocks that could be scaled to any size required.  As I created them I also thought how useful it would be if Teachers could use them in other ways, for example, displays, PowerPoints and on Interactive Whiteboards."
John Evans

Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classroo... | TeachOntario - 1 views

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    "One of the most exciting parts of my day as a resource teacher and co-teacher is to spend time with students who are in the midst of thinking through a problem and figuring something out.

     

    One of the most effective thinking and learning environments is MIT's Scratch environment. Late last fall, I was working with students in a grade 8 class. Some of them were taking on the challenge of building a working analogue clock in Scratch. Others were figuring out multiple methods by which circles and disks could be drawn in Scratch.

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John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Code for Life - Coding Challenges and Lesson Plans - 2 views

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    "Code for Life is a free program that I learned about while attending the BETT Show last week. Code for Life has a programming interface based on Blockly. Anyone who has used Blockly or Scratch will immediately recognize the similarities when they launch Code for Life's programming interface."
John Evans

Creative Computing - An introductory computing curriculum using Scratch - 1 views

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    "Computer science and computing-related fields have long been introduced to young people in a way that is disconnected from their interests and values - emphasizing technical detail over creative potential. Creative computing supports the development of personal connections to computing, by drawing upon creativity, imagination, and interests."
John Evans

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Developing Computational Thinking with Scratch Codi... - 2 views

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    "Last night I had an opportunity to present a free, evening webinar for the Oklahoma State Department of Education's Educational Technology Division, as part of a series they hosted to prepare teachers for Computer Science Education Week. The title of my presentation was, "Developing Computational Thinking with Scratch Coding." The webinar recording is 1 hour and 11 minutes long, and my presentation slides are also available via Google Slides. All these presentation resources are available on my presentation handouts website using the shortened URL wfryer.me/scratch."
John Evans

Computational Thinking | Defining - 2 views

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    "Over the past five years, we have developed a computational thinking framework based upon our studies of interactive media designers. The context of our research is Scratch - a programming environment that enables young people to create their own interactive stories, games, and simulations, and then share those creations in an online community with other young programmers from around the world. By studying activity in the Scratch online community and in Scratch workshops, we have developed a definition of computational thinking that involves three key dimensions: (1) computational concepts, (2) computational practices, and (3) computational perspectives. Observation and interviews have been instrumental in helping us understand the longitudinal development of creators, with participation and project portfolios spanning weeks to several years. Workshops have been an important context for understanding the practices of the creator-in-action."
John Evans

ISTE | 3 reasons to use Scratch across the curriculum - 2 views

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    "Scratch has become a popular way to introduce coding to young people around the world. Yet many schools are just beginning to realize the potential of Scratch to support project-based learning across subject areas and grade levels.

    How can you integrate Scratch into your curriculum to help students learn to think creatively and work collaboratively? Here are three things to know about Scratch - and the opportunities it opens up for learners with diverse interests and backgrounds."
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This Computer Language Is Feeding Hacker Values into Young Minds | WIRED - 0 views

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    "Last year, I went to Nigeria with Mark Zuckerberg. One of the first stops on the trip was a program that taught kids how to code. When Zuckerberg entered the room, many of the young students had a hard time pulling themselves away from their projects, even to gawk at one of the world's richest men. Facebook's founder instead came to them. "What are you making?" he'd ask. And they would proudly say, "A game!" or whatever it was, and begin showing him how it works. Zuckerberg would stop them. "Show me the code!" he'd say, because, well, he's Zuckerberg, and any occasion is ripe for an ad hoc programming review. And that's when the kid would click on a menu that toggled from the game to the LEGO-like building blocks of a Scratch program.
    This happened several times, with kids ranging from ages 8 to 15. In every instance, the maker of a cool project could clearly show this famous visitor how he or she had methodically implemented a plan. Zuckerberg was clearly impressed. As we headed up the stairs to leave the building, Zuckerberg called out to me, "Scratch! Have you heard of this?"
    Oh, yes I had. Though it was not yet released to the world when Zuckerberg left Harvard to launch his quirky little startup, Scratch (developed just a couple of T stops away) is quickly becoming the world's most popular computer language for kids taking their first bite of programming. Last year, over 120 million people came to its site, and many of them built and shared projects, at a rate of a million a month. "It's the gateway drug for Silicon Valley engineering," says Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, a Scratch supporter."
John Evans

ISTE | 4 ways to use Scratch to bring coding to young learners - 3 views

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    "If you're an educator who wants to incorporate coding into the curriculum but your school lacks the resources, there are plenty of low- and no-cost tools you can turn to. Scratch is one of the most versatile resources for this because it boosts student engagement and provides an easy way to infuse coding into your existing curriculum.

    If you're ready to give it a shot, here are four ways students benefit from Scratch in the classroom:"
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Scratch Across Every Subject: Visual and Media Arts | ScratchEd - 1 views

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    "In what ways do Scratch and visual & media arts inform one another? How can Scratch be a platform for artistic expression and vice versa? Can visual and media arts help introduce and extend computational creativity? Together, Scratch and art have limitless potential for learning and creating!

    We've started assembling Resources and Scratch Projects and we'd love your input! Do you have  lesson plans, activities, websites, videos, example projects, or something else to share?"
John Evans

Learn How to Count Money With Coins Using the MaKey MaKey! : 9 Steps (with Pictures) - 1 views

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    "Learn how to recognize and count with coins using the MaKey MaKey. Anyone with a MaKey MaKey can create this educational tool for kids. The software is written in Scratch, which can be modified in order to go deeper in using coins as well as Scratch programming. We hope that you have fun!"
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MakeyMakey + Scratch + Makeblock + Carboard + Recycled Stuff - YouTube - 4 views

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    Awesome project involving Makey Makey and Scratch
John Evans

Circuit Playground meets Scratch-Physical Computing for Kindergartners - 3 views

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    "Circuit Playground meets Scratch-Physical Computing for Kindergartners"
John Evans

5 Ideas for a Spooky Scratch-oween | ScratchEd - 0 views

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    "As Halloween approaches, teachers and students alike may be preoccupied with costume planning, ghost stories, and (most importantly) candy. Here are five projects students can try out to capitalize on their Halloween spirit while expanding their knowledge of coding with Scratch."
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