Coding with Scratch

posted Feb 21, 2017, 6:15 PM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 6:16 PM ]
Last week students started coding using a programming language called Scratch. Scratch, by MIT, allows students to code animations, interactive stories as well as games using block coding.

First, students accessed the task using Google Classroom:

Then students watched a video to help them get started with Scratch:

Next, students started coding and experimenting with Scratch. Students started off with a tutorial, then explored and played with the code.

Finally, students clicked on a link in Google Classroom that loaded their exit ticket that was created using Google Forms. One of the goals of this activity was for students to identify which Learning Skills were involved. Afterwards (during the following period), we looked at the results of the exit tickets. For example, many students identified Collaboration as being important since sometimes you needed to help (or get help from) other students. Students also identified Self-Regulation as important. For example, having strategies when your code was not working and dealing with the resulting frustration.