Monday, 10 November 2014

Scratch to Itch


After I persuaded SW to let me demonstrate a couple of options that might make her Scratch project work a little more effectively, she peered over her specs and cautioned her Nan, “Never work with children, animals, or Ga.”

In the event, she was probably right. My options fell short, and failed to impress. Her technical ability is growing week by week, and I look forward to our Saturday morning Scratch sessions, while Things 1 & 2 are at gym club.

SW started our with this colourful idea...
...but since Halloween, she's been animating ghosts and ghouls.

For those of you who may not be aware, “Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.” It’s something I’ve been dipping into for a while now, and I was delighted to learn that it’s now been introduced into primary schools, as part of a drive towards developing the programmers of tomorrow.

Children learn to work collaboratively and are able to share their creations with others all over the world. It’s a fine initiative by the MIT, and I would highly recommend it to any child with a leaning towards storytelling, inventing games, or animation. Give it a try. It’s completely free, and a lot of fun.  

4 comments:

  1. How delightful, makes for a lovely time for your Saturday too! Thanks for sharing this, I have a few grand-delights in mind for this!

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    1. It really is lots of fun, Karen. Lots of tutorials available via YouTube, too.

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  2. Not heard of Scratch... sounds good.

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    1. Your grandchildren will be getting to grips with this, or something like it, possibly before they even begin school!

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