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Interesting Links 11 July 2016

Yes I’m late with this week’s interesting links. In my defense I have been extremely busy the last four or five days. Last Thursday and Friday were the CSTA Board meetings. Saturday was helping to set up for the CSTA conference. Sunday and today have been the first days of the CSTA Conference. With over 500 attendees the place is hopping. I’ll have a post or two about the conference later in the week after its over. In the mean time if you are not at the conference but are on Twitter follow the #CSTA16 hashtag for a lot of great stuff going on.

But for now a few links including some things I have learned at the conference.

The ScratchEd Team ‏is crowd-sourcing a list of cross-curricular Scratch projects. Add your suggestions here: http://bit.ly/scratchacrossthecurriculum

The new CSTA K12 Computer Science standards are now available at http://www.csteachers.org/page/CSTA_Standards

I learned about this How-To: Papercraft Enigma Machine at one of the workshops at the CSTA Conference. This link may be the most retweeted link I have ever tweeted. Looks like fun.

David Renton ‏posted Resources for creating a Flappy Bird game in < 2hrs with TouchDevelop & @Spriter2D

Problem solving or solving problems via @dougpete Should we rethink how we write Computer Science Textbooks? Take a look at Doug's post and let us both know what you think.

There is a new Hopscotch update is now out ! Download now for new blocks and features to power up your projects. http://hop.sc/29uda4M

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Code4Kids – Building a Simple Scratch Game

Chris Betcher - 10 July, 2016 - 01:23

I had the pleasure this week to be a guest on Code4Kids, a webinar series with Kelly Moore. Kelly is a teacher and tech coach in Melbourne, and she asked if I’d come on the show and talk about the use of Scratch to help teach computational thinking and coding. Well, you might know I’m a bit of a Scratch fanboy so I didn’t take too much convincing!

Rather than just talk about theory stuff, we actually created a classic but simple guessing game in Scratch during the live show.  I thought this was a good example because it uses quite a few fundamental programming constructs such as sequencing, looping and branching, etc. It also makes good use of Boolean comparisons, if-then decisions, and reassignment of variables. Throw in some simple maths like random number generation, greater than and less than operators, and it’s the start of some simple yet sophisticated Scratch coding.

Click here to view the embedded video.

It was nice to get some comments from the livestream viewers that they learned something from watching.

If you’d like to check out Kelly’s channel and her other videos, head on over to her Code4Kids playlist

And if you’d like to check your own Scratch skills, you can take the 15 question Scratch Quiz I mention at the end of the video… just head to bit.ly/scratchquiz and take the quiz… your results will be emailed to you immediately thanks to Google Forms and Flubaroo!

Related posts:

  1. Scratch 2.0 Beta: What’s new?
  2. A Little More Scratch
  3. Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch

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Communities of practice

Oz/NZ Educators Diigo Group - 11 April, 2016 - 07:36


  • I am researching the value of communities of practice for early career secondary teachers. This is my short survey. If you are an ECT or would be willing to forward this on to ECTs in your school I'd be very grateful.

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