Progress in Scratch

September 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It has been a fun week. Scratch certainly seems to excite the students into trying out various projects. The most popular projects were of course games. But other students ventured into other areas like stories, simulations etc.

The students level of knowledge in Scratch varied. There were students who had never seen Scratch and others who had done projects in different classes before coming taking this course.  I gave a quick tour of Scratch for the beginner students and this group worked on two different projects with rubrics provided. The experienced students worked on one big open-ended project which focused on creativity and originality.

We move on next week to explore how to use Scratch to create simulations in a area of Science. It should be interesting to see what kinds of ideas come in. I have yet to decide if I want to make this a pair programming project or just one person.  I am going to have them create a test plan and then have another person in the class execute the test plan.  Formal testing is a new concept. We will see how it progresses.

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