October 18, 2012

Introducing scratch to the classroom

Posted by Heloise in ICT  Tagged    

Within the next session, we worked in groups to make a resource using scratch to show a great way of introducing it to the classroom. Our idea was to create an interactive postcard , we thought it would fit in well with either the topic on holidays, or link to PSHE topics, or even link to looking at different countries or cultures. However once we tried to have a go at the postcard, we were quite ambitious about it, as we wanted to use pictures we had taken, and make it look like Claire and Jamie were waving. We also wanted to use the mic to record them talking about their holiday experience. However, we tried for a very long time to work out how to put a photo onto scratch without the surrounding background, once again my idea wasn’t simple enough and we couldn’t work out how to do it, however since then Helen, has discussed within her blog in the section  ‘resources-how to turn yourself into a sprite’ with following these steps it now seem very simple.

So using this idea to introduce scratch, I still think is a good idea, however maybe get the children to make it an animated postcard rather then using their own photos, especially as it is an introduction to it. The children then only need to stay on one page, and it enables them to add their own animations if they want or use the animations already provided. They also will be able to use their own voice and add captions. So it is great because they can make it their own, but by using the template of  what scratch provides.

Here are some examples of postcards you may want to show the children.

http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/MrsBW/845807

http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/pross67/1596574

These are both great because they are both very different and show different ways they can make the postcard. Using these as a stimulus for a discussion about their own post card is great because they get to see different ideas, talk about the good a bad on the post cards, enabling them to  develop on these ideas.

The beauty of scratch is it can be used for any subject, so a great cross curricular tool to use.



9 Comments »

  1. This backs up my concern with using Scratch that some children will find it difficult to do and get frustrated that they can’t execute their possibly, brilliant ideas. Definitely better suited to KS2 in my opinion. Do you agree?

      Claire — November 23, 2012 @ 4:18 pm   Reply

  2. Yes i do agree. Maybe having step by step instructions for the children to use may help, this could also link to literacy where the children could make their own instructions for someone else to use scratch.

      Heloise — November 23, 2012 @ 7:05 pm   Reply

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