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Creative learning, Scratch and alternatives for learning how to create games

Creative learning, Scratch and alternatives for learning how to create games | Technology in Educaiton | Scoop.it
I'm still working at university as a student researcher for the chair of software engineering in a very unconventional placement: I help prepare and teach courses about topics in computer science t...
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CPD Blog » Blog Archive » iPad apps for people with disabilities

CPD Blog » Blog Archive » iPad apps for people with disabilities | Technology in Educaiton | Scoop.it
Image of iPad The iPad has become a very popular tool for individuals with disabilities because there are so many applications, or apps, that can be used to aid in everyday living skills. The iPad apps listed below were recently tested and ...
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@methodshop | 5 Must Have Productivity Apps for iPad [review]

@methodshop | 5 Must Have Productivity Apps for iPad [review] | Technology in Educaiton | Scoop.it
Always much better than a rock, the Paper app by FiftyThree, Inc. is great for artists, sketchers and doodlers. A remarkably engaging interface makes the transformation from iPad into sketchpad a breeze.
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Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share

Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share | Technology in Educaiton | Scoop.it
Scratch: a programming language for everyone. Create interactive stories, games, music and art - and share them online.
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Emma Pails's curator insight, March 6, 2014 8:36 PM

This interactive resource has been scooped by Peter Albion’s page, as it triggered my thinking about how programing stories, games, animations and newly made creations could be done in the classroom.

 

Multiple educators have been supporting the Scratch creators since 2007, in both formal and informal learning environments throughout all primary year levels.

 

When first looking at this resource I instantly thought how it could be used and implemented within classrooms, allowing 21st century learners to develop the skills required to become active and engaged citizens of society (MCEETYA, 2008). Some of the skills this resource allows the primary year students to develop is to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

 

In regards to the Australian Curriculum (2013), there are clear links evident between the Scratch resource and The Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies (2013) strand. In particular Design and Technologies, as it allows students to use design thinking to generate design ideas, to in turn communicate them to a variety of audiences (ACARA – Technology, 2013).

 

Content descriptors that could be aligned with a lesson sequence that incorporate the use of the Scratch resource include: Design and Technologies Processes 4.6, 4.8 and 4.9.

Jacynta Baker's curator insight, March 13, 2014 5:36 AM

 Scratch is an online source that is a highly effective and creative choice of technology. This seven year old creation can be implemented into a primary classroom allowing students and educators to develop games, stories and endless individualized creations. By employing this fantastic online source into a learning environment educators are assisting students in developing lifelong skills such as working collaboratively and thinking creatively. This can be linked to many key learning areas from the Australian Curriculum (2013), in particular Technology.

Pearta Nolan's curator insight, June 5, 2014 9:41 PM

Scratch (2014) is an online program that can assist students to complete and share interactive media.  There is also the added benefit of students being able to collaborate and share with people from all over the world.  Some of the benefits of scratch include; stories, games and animation.  Direct alignment between Scratch (2014) and the Australian Curriculum Technologies (ACARA, 2014) are evident within multiple content descriptors in the Digital Technologies process and production skills allotment.  Students are scaffolded to implement digital solutions as visual programs with algorithms involving decisions, repition and input, furthermore students are to design, modify and follow simple algorithms including a sequence of steps, decisions and input (ACARA, 2014).

 

Whilst completing the Scratch activities I found that it was best to follow the instructions to get a general understanding of the program.  Once this was achieved, I found that I was more confident in trailing new steps; I created a scratch that involved a helicopter swooping down to collect the cat and taking it into the sky.  Throughout this activity I learnt to have a go and trial new things and remember that there is always a help section.  Overall I believe that this was very exciting activity and I can the application to school as smooth transition.  

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Watch Zuck, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, & Others In Short Film To Inspire Kids To Learn How To Code | TechCrunch

Watch Zuck, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, & Others In Short Film To Inspire Kids To Learn How To Code | TechCrunch | Technology in Educaiton | Scoop.it
Code.org, the new non-profit aimed at encouraging computer science education launched last month by entrepreneur and investor brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi, has assembled an all-star group of the world's most well-known and successful folks with...
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For my first Scoop! A thought to plant the seed learning to code in the classroom. The possibilities are endless.

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Watch Zuck, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, & Others In Short Film To Inspire Kids To Learn How To Code | TechCrunch

Watch Zuck, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, & Others In Short Film To Inspire Kids To Learn How To Code | TechCrunch | Technology in Educaiton | Scoop.it
Code.org, the new non-profit aimed at encouraging computer science education launched last month by entrepreneur and investor brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi, has assembled an all-star group of the world's most well-known and successful folks with...
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RGChapman's curator insight, March 7, 2013 12:42 AM

For my first Scoop! A thought to plant the seed learning to code in the classroom. The possibilities are endless.

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5 New Free Tools for iPad Classrooms Worth Your Attention ...

5 New Free Tools for iPad Classrooms Worth Your Attention ... | Technology in Educaiton | Scoop.it
Use bContext to present on iPad and transform static files into engaging communications. This app is similar with ExplainEverything, but it's free. There's no need for high-end equipment or fancy editing skills.
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