SCRATCH Tutorials

  • Why Coding?

    1. Programming is a basic literacy in the digital age.

    Kids are growing up in a very different world than that of their parents. Cellphones, computers, Youtube, Netflix, and Facebook are embedded in their daily lives. Even toys are digital, and many are programmable, such as Legos and the new-generation LeapFrogs.

    It is one thing to know how to use these technologies. It’s another, however, to understand the logic behind them. When learning to program, kids understand and tinker with the digital world they inhabit. Coding draws back the seeming “magic” of technology so they can truly understand the logic and science that controls this technology–a discovery that is all the more magical.

    Our reliance on technology will only increase.  The students of today must be able to not only passively consume this technology, but also to understand and control it, becoming an active part of this huge digital shift.

    2. “You have an idea for then next big innovation? Great. Can you bring it to life?”

    Everyone has ideas. Only a select few can make them happen. The ability to code separates those who merely have an idea from those who can make their ideas a reality. If you want your child to be a thinker and innovator who can bring ideas to life, encourage him or her to learn how to program. Programming gives children confidence that they can be designers and builders.

    3. Programming can change the world.

    For the last several centuries, people relied on the written word to spread ideas. The ability to write was the ability to create change. Today, writing is not enough. To change behavior, it is crucial to leverage the digital medium.

    We’re seeing all around us that programming is changing the world. Taken from https://www.tynker.com/

    Below, tutorials are provided to help you create your very own video game using SCRATCH. Feel free to view them multiple times and ask any relevant questions you may have in class that are not covered in these videos.



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    Created by John McDonald
    Last Updated 04/19/2017
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