Today in computer lab we started one of my favorite units to do with students; we are beginning to learn to program using Scratch. Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those creations online. I love seeing the kids get excited. after creating a stack and seeing it come to life.
I plan to spend six sessions on Scratch. The first two are play dates for the students to explore and discover just what can be done using the site. On our third time in I hope to have the students create an account and really start to get their feet wet. By the end of the six week period perhaps we will be able to share some projects. In the meantime, look at some of the comments and conversations below that I got to hear today during lab.
"I don't know how to get my dinosaur to turn around." "Oh! I do! I'll show you."
"This is so cool!"
"Dude, look at this. This is so hilarious."
"Look at my dove fly around my screen."
"I am going home and show my dad. He will love this!"
Below you can see some of our students hard at work!
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler