This podcast is a recorded conversation between Chris Simon and Wesley Fryer after day two of the Spring Break 2013 Scratch Camp at Skyview Elementary School in Yukon, Oklahoma. Scratch is a wonderful, FREE software program from MIT which allows students to create games, tell stories, create animations, and make many other kinds of interactive projects. Scratch is ideal for helping students develop computational thinking and problem solving skills, tied to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. Chris and Wesley are co-facilitating a 5 day Scratch Camp over Spring Break for students in grades 2 through 6, sponsored by “The Div.” The Div is a local OKC non-profit based in Edmond, focused on empowering youth to gain digital literacy skills and learn about job opportunities in technology-related fields. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to the Oklahoma Scratch Camp curriculum, Scratch Club website, and other resources.
- Oklahoma Scratch Camp Curriculum (our new March 2013 version is available)
- The Div: Where Web Innovation and Creativity Begin (Edmond, Oklahoma)
- Scratch Club at Independence Elementary School (Yukon Public Schools)
- Scratch Website (including download links for free Scratch software)
- ScratchEd Website (resources for educators on Scratch)
- ScratchTeam on Twitter
- “Scratching Kids Brains” by Geoffrey Derry (2011 video presentation for the K-12 Online Conference)
- “Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch” by Chris Betcher (2010 video presentation for the K-12 Online Conference)
- Resources for creating “Simulations or Games” (from Mapping Media to the Common Core)
- Fuel for Educational Change Agents Podcast channel
- Follow Wesley on Twitter: @wfryer
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