Here’s a short clip to introduce you to some of the things we can create with SCRATCH.
ACTIVITY 1 – Getting familiar with SCRATCH
- Create a Scratch account – remember to use your school email address and an appropriate user name.
Once you have an account, you will be able to create, save and share all of your projects.
- Explore some of the existing Scratch projects to get an understanding of what you can create and how.
TIP: Click on the “See Inside” button to see the coding that has been used
ACTIVITY 2 – Creating your first SCRATCH project
We will be creating our first project following step-by-step instructions. Before you begin, make sure you are logged in (otherwise you will not be able to save and share your project).
- Open the TIPS section which is located in the header
- Open the Step-by-Step tab
- Open the Getting Started with Scratch module
- Follow the instructions to create your first project
- Save your project with an appropriate file name
ACTIVITY 3 – Share your first SCRATCH project on your blog post
- Create a new section and category on your EduBlog to post all of your SCRATCH projects and reflections
- To embed your SCRATCH project into your blog
- Click the SHARE button on the top right-hand side of the screen
- Click the EMBED button under the Scratch window on left-hand side of the screen
- Copy the embed code and paste it, in text mode, into your blog post.
- Post a link to your My Stuff section in your blog post. I can view your projects and coding from this section.
You can find this section by clicking the little envelope with an S in it in the header of the page next to your username.
- Post a reflection on what you have learned using the PMI thinking tool:
- Positive – What did you learn? What where you able to easily do?
- Minus – What did you have trouble with? Did you eventually work it out? How did you work it out?
- Interesting – What are you wondering? What could be improved? What would you like to do with it?
ACTIVITY 4 – What can you create with only 10 blocks?
You will be creating your own project now, however you are limited to using only the 10 blocks listed on the worksheet.
- Use the 10 Blocks worksheet to figure out what each of the blocks do
- Look at other projects in the 10 Block Studio for inspiration – be sure to make yours different – no copying!
- Write down what you want your project to do
- Try to create what you have planned/written down
- Add a background to your project
- Save and share your project to the 10 Block Studio and your blog (see previous instructions)
- Post a reflection on this task using the following questions as a prompt
- What was difficult about using only the 10 blocks?
- What was easy about using only the 10 blocks?
- How did it make you think of things differently?
- Where you able to do what you originally intended to do?
ACTIVITY 5 – Can you debug SCRATCH programs?
When coding, it’s a good habit to regularly test (or check) your program and fix any errors you find. This is debugging – the process of finding and fixing errors that prevent a system from working correctly.
Use the DEBUG IT! handout to investigate the programs that need debugging.
For each of the 5 Debug It! projects,
- Click on the Remix button to create a copy of the program that you can edit and save
- Identify the error/s and modify the code so that the program operates how it is meant to
- Save, share and embed the remixed (fixed) program in your blog
- Write a sentence, or two, that explains how you fixed each program