According to Ian Livingstone (and any teacher who teaches ICT) there are all manner of abilities, experiences and modes of technology that children bring to school. They know how all the peripherals work and if they don't they soon learn from their peers of it's basic operation. They are expert consumers of technology as we once were. But this is the key aspect isn't it? They use technology but they don't know why or even how it really works.Read More
Avery, very quick post.
Demo lesson on Tuesday morning means pulling something out the bag with something I feel confident in teaching to Year 6 students.
So this is it. Scratch and iPad as a second screen for instructions. Should go smooth enough. I hope ;)Read More
Francis the LadybugScratch Day is in its third year this time round and had the largest turn out globally. As you are probably aware I'm a big fan of Scratch and all the far-reaching elements into the curriculum it can enhance via ICT. With 175 events in 42 countries we were the only school to post to the Scratch Day site in Taiwan. Last year we collaborated with the American School to share the learning on both campuses via Skype and Ustream. This year we decided to go it alone.Read More
Enjoying the new scratch updates and the additons it brings. The camera tool is updates with web cam automaton, Lego support and new network install options.
Scratch 1.4 for testing is avaialable here
For a Long Time now we've been using Scratch from MIT as our programming and Conrtrol topic from Year 4 to Year 6. The idea is to make games (pong), story based games or simple apps like noise measuring devices (great home-made data collection programs for laptops)