Scratching Kids Brains

Presenter: Geoffrey Derry
Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
@gderry

Presentation Title: Scratching Kids Brains

Presentation Description: Scratch is a Programming language designed to be very powerful yet easy to use. It is the perfect way to introduce programming and programming concepts to school students of any age. It is easy to get started with but powerful enough to create games, interactive presentations, music, stories and solve problems. It is a great way to get kids playing and sandboxing with computers making them think in deep ways. For me Scratch is a constructivist’s dream come true, allowing students to understand their own problems, make mistakes and try new things. This presentation will give you a brief introduction to scratch, provide you with resources to explore it further and show ways I have used scratch to get students creating, playing and learning. It is suitable for any teacher in any subject area who is interested in providing students with a powerful tool to create and learn on their own.

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Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
http://ge.tt/8kSo7FA?c

Additional Information:
Link to my blog
http://wiki.ssis-suzhou.net/users/geoffreyderry/

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  14. Hi Geoffrey,

    Looks like I am ready to do some scratching! I enjoyed learning Basic and a bit of Fortran programing languages in the old days. I feel the same excitement in introducing my students to Scratch.

  15. Hi Geoffrey,
    I had to “play” with Scratch this summer for a graduate course I was taking. I watched Chris’s K12 Online presentation from last year to help me get started. Now after watching your presentation, I’m more convinced than ever that I need to introduce Scratch to my 4th graders (9 and 10 year olds) and let them “play” with it. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. [...] Scratch is an interactive programing program that was developed by MIT students and is free to the public. Its a pretty cool thing and when I get done I’m going to show it two both of my sons and if my arty daughter wants to see she can join in also. This is a cool tool for teachers to work with all disciplines where students program games, tutorials, displays and just about anything for any subject.It is open ended learning that works at the highest levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.  I learned a lot about programming during this session and that there’s a lot of geometry involved in programing too. I’m all for things that push math and science! Could I use this in my class? Yes I could! Whether I have Anatomy physiology students produce tutorial for their hormones or endocrine glands and have them produce an interactive quiz at the end of their presentations or use it with my freshmen in biology where they make cartoons that deal with various biochemical process there is ample opportunities for students to become engaged in the biological sciences while working on a computer and programing stuff.       No Comments so far Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply. Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> [...]

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