Opening Session – Mitch Resnick – MIT Lego Lab - LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research

How can we help students become makers of things in the digital world?
• Being able to create is at the core of being a creative thinker.
• Creative thinking is more important than ever before
• Come up w/ innovative solutions to unexpected problems that arise in life
• It’s not about how big or fast your computer is, but HOW you USE it

SCRATCH


Risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things… (From Obama’s speech)

Technology can do it but not automatically

How can we help students become the makers of things in the digital world?

Creative thinkers – using your imagination

Literacy today – creating with a new technology, becoming a full contributor (not just browsing, texting, interacting … but creating)

New opportunities to express themselves with technology

Best learning when creating and sharing within the community

Projects:
1. Interactive Christmas card
2. Creating a tutorial: scrolling background, how to make your project popular (consulting to other kids)
3. Creating a game (working together on a game)
4. Making animations with drawing (not only creating, but learning to be part of the community, let the community get involved, to contribute, make a tutorials)
5. Science class, layers of the earth, guided tour
6. Similar to SIM city software
7. Test reaction time (measures the time between when the screen change color and when you click on STOP). Collect results. Make explanations (like do people why play sports have a faster reaction time)
8. Book reports, combining math and art
9. Public Service Announcement
10. Math, probability, flipping the coin
11. Using scratch to create behaviors
12.

Share your project on the scratch website
http://scratch.mit.edu


Remix – idea. In scratch you feel “honored” that your project was remix. Value of the community is to share, to have others use your ideas.

Community can be test objects for science experiments you are doing, share and collaborate.


Scratch Experience:

Technology should have a low floor, high ceiling and wide walls

1. Think Creatively
2. Reason systematically (logically)
3. Work Collaboratively (ownership)

Access to information is good but not enough in today’s world …

Warrior books by Erin Hunter
Check scratch website for games kids created based on the book

Kids work on things based on their interest, building on the ideas that you care about (around July 4th you would see fireworks, cards for mother’s day, holidays)

“I love scratch, scratch is my life ….Now I think about how anything is programmed. This has gone from toasters, car electrical system, and so much more” – 13 year old boy


How kids are using technology
1. Hanging out (social networking, phone)
2. Messing Around (browsing, playing fames)
3. Geeking out (making things)

ScratchEd
**http://scratched.media.mit.edu/**

Scratch Day 2010
**http://vimeo.com/11588843**

August 11-14 Scratch at MIT
**http://events.scratch.mit.edu/**


Creating your own Avatar in Scratch
**http://www.meez.com/**







BB&N MS Scratch Possibilities

Math- 8th grade Probability unit
**http://scratch.mit.edu/galleries/view/29316**

Introduction:
Project #1: let an experiment run for a long time, example how long will it take for a word “cat” to come up? Then ask a question: would it change the second time? How about a four-letter word? Graph the data.

Science – 8th grade animation/simulation showing how the chemical bounding work
**http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/SeanCanoodle/423293**

Science projects - general
**http://scratch.mit.edu/tags/view/science**

Idea for 7th grade: Test reaction time (measures the time between when the screen change color and when you click on STOP). Collect results. Make explanations (like do people why play sports have a faster reaction time)