Creative Computing Online Workshop



This summer the ScratchEd team is hosting
Creative Computing, an online Scratch workshop for teachers made possible with support from
Google's CS4HS initiative. The Creative Computing Online Workshop is
free. It is six weeks long beginning Monday June
3rd and ending July 12th. It involves approximately ten to twelve hours
of activity each week. The workshop is designed for K to 12 educators,
but is open to anyone who is interested in creative computing. No prior experience with Scratch or with programming
is required. Computers are a part of every aspect of our
lives, but we engage with computers and computation primarily as consumers rather than as producers. We watch videos on YouTube, we play games
on our cell phones, we participate in social networks. But computation is a powerful creative medium
for self expression and problem solving and everyone should be able to engage with computation
as creators. It's not that everyone should become a computer
scientist, but everyone should have an appreciation for the thinking and the practices involved. But how do we do this? Well, you need access to tools and to community
and Scratch is one tool and one community for supporting creative computing. Scratch is a free programming environment
that enables young people to create their own interactive media — stories, games, animations
— and you build projects by snapping blocks together just as you snap Lego bricks together
in the physical world. Scratch is also an online community where
people can share their projects with others online. You can view projects, interact with projects,
and even look inside projects to study and remix others' code. The Creative Computing Workshop is all about
supporting creative computing in the classroom and we'll be using the Scratch programming
language as our primary tool for exploration. In the workshop, you'll be creating Scratch
projects, connecting with other educators, and reflecting on how to include creative
computing in learning experiences. I'll be your guide through the big ideas of
creative computing in the workshop, but let me introduce you to other members of the workshop
facilitation team. In the online workshop activities, you'll
have a variety of opportunities to engage with creative computing and learn more about
Scratch. We'll show you a range of sample Scratch projects
to give you ideas and inspiration for designing your own computational creations. And we'll introduce activities and resources
to help you gain hands-on experience with Scratch. We'll help you explore key computational practices
by walking you through each of the daily workshop activities. We'll also introduce you to powerful computational
concepts like sequences, loops, parallelism, events, conditionals, and data — those ideas
that are central to computer science and computational thinking more broadly. Whether completely new to Scratch and creative
computing, or have prior experience, we'll help you connect the computational practices
and computational concepts through a deeper familiarity and fluency with the Scratch authoring
environment and the online community. Whatever your grade level or subject area,
you'll be exploring, tinkering, and making connections with other educators throughout
this entire workshop to imagine how you can include creative computing in your teaching
practice. I hope that answers some of your questions
about creative computing and the Creative Computing Online Workshop. If you have any other questions, please join
us in the Creative Computing Google+ Community. We look forward to working with you.

9 Comments

  1. Flower Girl said:

    That sounds fun, but I'm a student, CAN I STILL DO!!!! 😀

    June 30, 2019
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  2. Karen Brennan said:

    Hi Andrés,
    Captions are now available.
    Hope that helps!

    June 30, 2019
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  3. Andrés Cervantes said:

    This would be great if the classes could have subtitles. My little brother is very interested, but he is not very good at hearing English

    June 30, 2019
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  4. Marc Voogt said:

    Nice video, but next time remember there's a camera you should look at, makes the video more interesting to watch.

    June 30, 2019
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  5. Bill Belsey said:

    I am also excited about this online course! Where/when can I sign up? FYI, I did Logo with my students years ago and was also asked by Dr. Papert to be part of the 2B1 Gathering at M.I.T. that lead to the One Laptop per Child initiative. Pls email me at billbelsey (a) gmail dot com with info.

    June 30, 2019
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  6. mike maddalena said:

    super excited about this

    June 30, 2019
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  7. Angelo Vicente said:

    Way to go, I have started to implement the curriculum guide lessons in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades with good results. Looking forward to the workshop and the sharing of ideas.

    June 30, 2019
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  8. Miguel Angel Pérez Alvarez said:

    Very excited about the workshop. 25 years working with Logo, Lego Mindstorms and Scratch is the main fuel for me to try this workshop. I want to learn and share with colleges in Mexico the creative computing ideas. Good for you guys!

    June 30, 2019
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  9. rawda nader said:

    ThanQ,Scratch team …on time @ ^_^

    June 30, 2019
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