“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” –Philip Pullman
One of the coolest ways to use Scratch is using it as a story telling presentation tool. As Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi are ubiquitous in almost every classroom, Scratch offers our our students (and adults!) to create interactive stories, games and animations. This is a great way for our students to show their understanding of a unit/topic by having them tell a story through coding. Awesome!
Scratch is an amazing web-based animation coding app that some of our teachers are requiring to use instead Keynote/Powerpoint/Prezi for student presentations. Interestingly, Harvard University and U.C. Berkeley use SCRATCH in their introductory Computer Program courses to visually teach coding as it reduces potential student errors with SCRATCH’s drag and drop feature. And its really fun with our students.
Check out UC Berkeley’s video with Code.org on why they chose to use SCRATCH:
Our school’s 5-6th Middle Form Dean, Talbot Moore, has his students use Scratch instead of above mentioned presentation tools. The objectives were to learn how to tell the story of the hunter/gatherer lifestyle of the Hadza people from Tanzania through “if-then”statements/coding.
Below you will find this SS unit’s Coding and Content Requirements.
- One Tour Guide (sprite)
- An African Savanna background that includes 5 different “actors”
- Tour guide must ask 5 questions of the viewer.
- Tour guide must introduce and explain other actors (environment)
- Include 3 or more sound elements that is related to the African Savanna
- Have an actor move and interact with another actor
- Include directions for the viewer using Notes
- Choose and Place Background – African Savanna
- Appropriate Stone Tool – Examples – Spear, Bow and Arrow, etc.
- Shelter, where does your character live?
- Introduce your family group (no more than five members)
- Obtaining food – What does your character eat? How does s/he get it
- Check out our FREE Teach Your Students to Code Quickly with Scratch Programming Basics PDF in our Teachers Pay Teachers Store!