Wed, Mar 22 2017 08:27 | coding, digital-technologies, elearning, flipped-learning, key-competencies, programming, scratch
I have been working with Year 5 - 8 and online Scratch accounts. First of all be aware that there are teacher accounts - save the whole setting up accounts, usernames and forgotten passwords thing.
I started pupils in a class sense and then got them working on Flipped learning. A lot of talk around self-management, Digital Citizenship (especially digital footprints) to kick-off.
Following the exploration of Scratch we will design te Reo games for our buddy classes and also enter in the Interface Scratch competition. Here is a link to my Flipped Learning Maze presentation (videos mostly OK). Dr Scratch is really cool to help do ongoing formative assessment (see presentation for link) - but peer assessment will be an ultimate judge for the games.
I was amazed about how quiet and focused the class became once we started flipped learning. Less problems, more thinking and differentiated learning - awesome!
If you know how to use variables, sine, cos, have variables that write to files, create random generators then maybe you are getting close to their level of skill... they certainly know a lot more than me!
second from 2010 is here. Check them out to see how he has progressed from one year to another. If you like them, say so on this Scratch account.
He certainly is a great young fellow to work with, as he likes to keep pushing the learning boundaries.
Start with the conference overview handout here, to locate all the resources discussed or mentioned.