Project 3: Debug-It!

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Today, as I listened to the second Office Hours session, I continued to explore work by other Scratchers as part of the Creative Computing Online Workshop and attempted my first “Debug-It” project…

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I have reflected on the work I have done for this “Debug-It” project according to the “triplet” for reviewing work:

  • I like debugging!  I was actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this Debug-It activity!  I found that, after viewing the instructions and the original blocks, I had a picture in my mind of what I needed to do.  However, the rearrangement of the blocks didn’t work at all.  I was totally wrong!  I really enjoyed tinkering with different block configurations until I came up with my final result.  I had a real sense of satisfaction knowing that I had solved the issues.  I was particularly happy with the way the “Meow” speech bubbles worked with the “.5” timings.
  • I wish I could complete more Debug-It activities in the future.
  • What if I gave some Debug-It activities to our students?  Completing these types of activities can help you to learn a great deal about your students.  How do they cope with trouble shooting activities?  What is their reaction when they hit a “dead end”?  Do they like to work with others to find a solution or do they prefer to work alone?

Please click here to view my remixed “Debug-It” project.

 

Project 2: About Me

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I was fortunate enough to enjoy a long weekend due to the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday today.  The weekend has given me a little extra time to devote to creating an “About Me” project.

From this project, I was able to explore some Scratch features that I had not used before including:

  • Uploading recorded sounds
  • Using the Sound Editor tools to edit uploaded recordings
  • Exploring a variety of websites to find appropriate images/icons to use as sprites

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I’ve reflected on the work I’ve done for this “About Me” project according to the “triplet” for reviewing work:

  • I like the way a user can click a sprite to make something happen. 
  • I wish I had more time to devote to this project as I would have loved to have added some narration and even a little more text with further explanations about the items I chose.
  • What if I added more features to the sprites?  For example, make the girl dance when the music plays, make the TARDIS spin when its sound plays.  What if we made this project part of our activities for the new school year?  Scratch is not only an excellent way for students to create an “About Me” presentation but the Scratch Community would also be a wonderful way for students to share and comment on each other’s work.

You can click here to view my “About Me” project.

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Project 1: Step By Step

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I would describe my Scratch skill level as basic.  Over the years, I have played with Scratch and created some basic projects along the way.  I wanted to take every opportunity possible throughout the Creative Computing course to create as many projects as possible.

The “Step By Step” project not only gave me the opportunity to start from the very beginning, but also work my way through the “Tips” area.  I found that using Scratch along with the pop-out “Tips” feature, an easy way to get started.

I decided to try different types of sprites, ones from the Scratch library, an image uploaded and a sprite created with the drawing tools.  One of my favourite sites is IconFinder.  Many of the icons on this site make perfect sprites.  All of the icons are a good size and have a transparent background.

Click here to view the “Step By Step” project.

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Starting My Design Notebook

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One of the tasks in the Creative Computing Online Course is to create our own “Design Notebook”.  Although Google Presentation is a suggested tool, I’ve decided that this would be an great opportunity for me to continue to make use of this blog and be an excellent record of this course.

During the first “Office Hour” webinar, Karen talked about the “triplet” for reviewing work.  This “triplet” is made up of three questions that we can ask our ourselves when reflecting on our work and also answer for our peers when reviewing items in their Design Notebooks.  I love this “triplet” concept, so have created a little graphic to illustrate the three questions…

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The Creative Computing Online Workshop

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I’m very excited to be participating in the Creative Computing Online Workshop!  It is a free, six week online course designed to assist educators who are interested in using Scratch.  The course officially commenced on Monday 3rd June with the posting of some introductory activities to the course website.

Bright and early on the morning of Wednesday 5th June (Melbourne time) I also participated in the first “Office Hour” live webinar.  During this time we met the wonderful team who are running the Creative Computing Online Workshop, had the opportunity to ask questions and hear from educators around the world.  One of the things I love about Scratch is the vibrant community of educators and students who use the program.  There are more than 1300 educators who have registered for the course and millions of projects have been shared on the Scratch website – unbelievable!

Part of the course involves creating a “Design Notebook” to reflect and share our experiences throughout the course as well as receive feedback.  We can choose the tool that we feel is appropriate, so I have decided that blogging on a regular basis will be the best way for me to do this.

Click here to visit the Creative Computing Online Workshop site.
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