ICT008 Early Coding using Scratch Software and Introduction to Microbit

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 1st November 2016, 4.30-6.00pm

Food Court Room, Knox Academy, Haddington

 Tutor: David Gilmour

‘Scratch’ animation – creating easy interactive stories

 What are Scratch and Microbits?

Scratch is a free web application for teaching programming concepts by creating interactive stories, animations, games, music and art.  A legacy windows application is also installed on Schools PCs.

As pupils create and share Scratch projects on the web, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively.  Microbit is a credit-card sized computer that offers a route from Scratch to programming devices.

Designed for:

All school staff and supply staff  – no prior knowledge necessary.

 Benefits of attending

On completion of the course, participants will be confident to undertake a Scratch animation project with their class.  All primary school computers have the Scratch software installed and can access the web version without a login, so knowledge gained on this course can be immediately applicable in the primary classroom.  There will be an opportunity to see the BBC Microbit and how it  is used.

Outline Programme

This session is aimed at those who are not familiar with Scratch software or those who need a refresher course.  Participants will have hands on practice in small groups to replicate the pupil experience.

Elements of the course

  •  Creating an animation lesson plan
  • Understanding the Scratch software and website (http://scratch.mit.edu)
  • Showing Aberlady Primary pupils’ award winning animations
  • Hands on practice
  • Looking at successful elements and potential pitfalls
  • Saving animation files
  • Uploading animation clip to YouTube or sharing on the Scratch site

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