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2011 2011-Sandbox Play

Scratching Kids Brains

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Presenter: Geoffrey Derry
Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

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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2010-Kicking It Up a Notch

Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch

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Presenter: Chris Betcher
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Presentation Title: Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch

Presentation Description: Scratch is a simple yet powerful programming language for children that is very easy to use yet contains many of the important programming constructs found in more “grown up” languages.
This presentation looks at some of the key ideas behind programming in Scratch, explores some possible tasks that students could be given to encourage problem solving and higher level thinking, and finishes with a snapshot of a student view into how Scratch is making a difference to learning.

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Blog: www.chrisbetcher.com
Twitter: @betchaboy
Skype: betchaboy