‘All About Me’
‘An Addition Challenge’
Build A Band: A Kettle of Drums
A Magic Spelling Game
A Story for Halloween – ‘In a Dark, Dark Wood’
A Simple Maze Game: Mouse Quest’
A Maze Game: Polar Bear meets Penguin’
Story Telling using Scratch: ‘Excuses for being late for school’
A Slideshow using Scratch: ‘Trees’ by Joyce Kilmer
Images and music used in these are all attributed on the individual projects.
A recent very useful discovery is the huge range of royalty free music
produced by Kevin McLeod on incompetech.com . It is important to observe
copyright and websites like this one are invaluable. The right music can
make all the difference to a piece.
This summer I did an excellent online summer course
with CPD College, Ireland.
It was called ‘Get your children programming with ‘Scratch”.
There was great substance to the learning and a depth of knowledge.
As as result I feel confident about
teaching Scratch to my students in the future.
At the beginning of the course I could only do the most basic programming:
By the end of the course I could do a lot more.
This is a short animation teaching mnemonics to help with spelling
words with the letter strings -ould and -ight.
Though the time I spent exceeded twenty hours,
I would recommend this course wholeheartedly.
You can see other samples of work done here.
This year a number of students
learned how to code.
The youngest students to do this were five.
They enjoyed learning using
and Code.org Course 1 and 2.
The older students used
Code.org Course 3 and 4.
They also enjoyed learning using
exercises on the themes of
Big Hero 6,
and they worked on
Google’s ‘Made with Code’
When student learned how to code successfully
then they taught other students how to code.
Through their teaching they showed
they really understood what to do.
When students learn to code they are
problem solving, testing, debugging, predicting
and they are learning how to think.
They experience success
and this is rewarding and motivating.
Here is a Symbaloo webmix of the websites
we used when learning to code.