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.
Click here to join the Creative Computing Google+ Group.
Click here to follow the #ccow tweets.

Welcome to Our New Robotics Researchers!

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Welcome to Our New Robotics Researchers! As part of our Year 9 Electives Program, students once again have the opportunity to participate in our Robotics Research Project.  Students use OpenSim to create a 3D object, then use Scratch 4 OpenSim … Continue reading

Testing Kinect2Scratch: Part 2

In our previous post, we explained how we have been testing Stephen Howell’s amazing Kinect2Scratch program.  In this movie, one of our students tests the Kinect2Scratch Music game followed by Space Invaders.

In our original test of the Space Invaders game, we were unable to get the shooting action working by raising our arms.  However, after a quick tweet to Stephen Howell, he very kindly published some additions that we were able to add to Scratch in order to get the full functionality.  He also very kindly added a new game, Kinect2Scratch Music, for us to test.  As I set up my computer for the students to test this game, even I had no idea what awaited us!  It was great to share in the excitement with the students!