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2011 2011-Sandbox Play

Scratching Kids Brains

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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  14. Jose Rodriguez Post author

    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. Paula Naugle (@plnaugle)

    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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