Scratch Workgroup

 
 

Instructors: Eileen Vaughn

Connection to our definition of effective technology integration:
2. fosters higher order thinking where students are applying, analyzing, evaluating, or creating content using technology.
3. engages students in educational activities in school and allows students to remain engaged outside of school.
7. promotes the active use of technology (coding, immersive simulation, media production, interactions with experts, global connections, design, and peer collaboration), rather than passive use (consuming media or completing digitized worksheets).

Structure:

  • In person meeting (11/15/17: 3:30 - 4:30 pm)
  • 5 projects conducted online (November through March)
  • In person meeting (4/25/18: 3:30 - 5:00 pm)

Number of PD hours: 15

Description:
Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations -- and share your creations with others around the world. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. There are over 19 million registered Scratch users and over 23 million Scratch projects. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. 

In this workgroup you will:

  1. Learn how to program using the basic blocks in Scratch.

  2. Using this knowledge, you will complete a series of projects that will deepen your understanding of Scratch and demonstrate ways that Scratch can be used in your curriculum to foster mathematical thinking and storytelling.