Friday, August 30, 2013

Scratch 7th & 8th

In both 7th and 8th grade we spent the first few days going over classroom procedures and reviewing the syllabus for each grade.  The 8th grade was also introduced to the Extended Learning Project which from now on will be referred to the ELP.

Details about the ELP can be found on the ELP section of this blog. A print version will be made available when all of the corrections are completed so stay tuned.

As for last week we started our exploration of Scratch. A program provided by MIT. I have created a slide presentation and a video covering our first introduction to the program.

The learning objectives for that lesson were as follows:
  1. Students will be able to explain some basic vocablulary of Scratch:
    • Psuedocode
    • Blocks Palette
    • Sprite
    • Costume
    • Stage
    • Dimensions of stage
    • Background
    • Blocks
    • Paint editor
    • Import
    • Paint
    • Loop
  1. Students will be able to use Motion blocks to move their sprite along the x and y axis, and be able to determine its position within the GUI of Scratch.
  2. Students will be able to use Control blocks to develop key pressed events, and loops.
  3. Students will be able to paint or import a background to the stage.
  4. Students will be able to paint of import a costume on a sprite. 
  5. Students will be able to add sound to their sprite or program.
This video tutorial reviews some of the shared methods we learned as a class.