Scratch was developed by the MIT Media Lab. It uses visual block programming language for creating interactive art, stories, simulations, and games and allows users to share their digital products through the Scratch online community. In Scratch, sprites (either user-created, uploaded, or found in the sprites library) are objects or characters that your program to perform actions in your project. There are eight types of programming blocks (i.e., “Motions”, “Looks”, “Sound”, “Events”, “Control”, “Sensing”, “Operators”, and “Variables”) for programming sprites.
Please use the videos below and other online resources to explore Scratch and teaching with Scratch. You can also explore other shared Scratch projects at https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/animations/
For all Scratch projects you find at the Scratch website, there is a blue “See inside” button. Clicking this button will allow you to see the programming of the projects.
(Please note: The Scratch interface shown in the below videos might be different from the new interface you will see when logging into your Scratch account. But this will not affect how to program your sprites.)
This week assignment is requiring you to explore teaching computational skills and thinking through programming with Scratch. For this assignment, please do the following:
1) Sign up for a Scratch account at https://scratch.mit.edu and learn how to program with Scratch using videos provided at the bottom of this page or other online resources of your own choice.
2) Then read the article “Computational Thinking” by Jeannette Wing at https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~15110-s13/Wing06-ct.pdf
3) Write an essay of at least 275 words based on your reading of the article and your experience of programming with Scratch. Your essay:
a. needs to include your understanding about computational thinking
b. needs to include your thoughts about how to teach computational thinking through programming with Scratch
c. needs to be typed in a Word document, double spaced, Times New Roman, and 12 pt.
This may help you get more familiar Scratch
Reminder: Your paper should be based off your experience of Scratch, not the experience of the provide videos.
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