My Scratch Project

I am in week 2 of the “Learning Creative Learning 2” MOOC from the MIT Media Lab.
our assignment this week was to use the “Scratch” program to cover our interest/interests.
Scratch is a brilliant computer program that allows you to create sophisticated media presentations, or create games very easily. It is basically a multimedia platform that introduces computer coding in a user-friendly manner.
For our project this week we had a video introduction by Professor Mitch Resnick of the Media Lab that gives you a great idea about the power and potential of Scratch.
I had done a similar Scratch project in the first Learning Creative Learning course a year ago. I decided that I would update it. I looked at the programming which was fairly simple. It combined a use of captions and pictures from this blog, the writing of which was the main focus ( my interest ) and I recorded a short commentary at the end.
I decided that I would add to the commentary. I recorded a new commentary reflecting on my experience in creating the original programming and a reflection on the power and potential of Scratch Programming for education.
The “slotting in” of the new commentary required some problem-solving. I initially “attached” the new commentary to the old ( pieces of Scratch action attach to each other like Lego bricks which they have connections to). The result when I ran the programming was that I heard the two commentaries together! I had a bug that I needed to fix.
I tried a “Wait 2 Seconds” instruction and had almost the same as effect! ( with a two second delay).
I therefore worked out that the “Wait” command needed to be the length of commentary 1 (1 main 27 Secs) and on trying a new wait of this length found that I had the continuity that I was seeking.
This was deeply satisfying and shows how Scratch allows play with multimedia, using powerful computer concepts and allows for debugging that can clearly be seen ( or heard). It has the ” low floor, high ceiling” that Seymour Papert talked about when he developed the ancestor of Scratch, LOGO.
To see my humble effort goto

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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