- Using scratch to teach students that they are Multi-Modal and learn in different ways. Scratch is a great introduction to computer programing, allowing quite complexed programming without know much about programming at all. Check out the variety of Scratches at http://scratch.mit.edu. The student first completed a simple VARK test to assess their own learning style we then looked at how gaming allows, Visual, Auditory, Reading and writing, and Kinesthetic (VARK) learning to take place. Investigating Scratch as a tool some students began to experiment and develop a variety of games. One student a multi-modal learning object for primary school maths
- It easy (once you learn the basics) to create an interactive multi modal activity.
- It allows student to record their own voice, make there own characters, upload pictures etc.
- It has complexed maths involved. (trigonometry)
- The help sheets make programming easy enough for grade 2 students to learn the program.
- The website allows you to download and build on other peoples Scratches. When you download you also get their scripts (programming codes) and sprites (characters)
- Suits many subjects Science check out cell English (Romeo and Juliet example) making stories in different context, adding own voice to a interactive story. Art making interactive art pieces. Maths operation, probability and trigonometry etc. IT introducation to gaming
Another student made an information exposition (pictured Scratch)about the dangers that turtles suffer. She included a information and a game that allowed the player to guide the turtle safely to the water.
So what do I like about Scratch
We are now in an area where the rise of the creative class is upon us. To prepare students for the 21st Century we need to develop students who can create, problem solve, collaborate, and handle stress of the unknown. What a great tool Scratch is for doing this. Thanks MIT