Guest Blog for Edutopia, Pt. 3

The final part of my guest blog series for Edutopia is an advanced Scratch programming lesson that helps middle and high school students explore that mathematics of recursion and fractals. Read it here:

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Guest Blog for Edutopia, Pt. 2

My guest blog series for Edutopia continues with an intermediate Scratch programming lesson where students in grades 5+ can learn how to create code for drawing and naming polygons. Math, Art and Coding collide! Read it here: or you can watch the video tutorial.

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Scratch @MIT 2014

I just wrapped 3 great days at the biennial Scratch conference held at MIT’s Media Lab in Boston, MA. I met so many other wonderful and interesting people and got to hear about new possibilities for incorporating computational thinking into the classroom.

I also got my hands on a hard copy of the awesome new Creative Computing curriculum guide developed by ScratchEd at the Karen Brennan and her team at the Harvard GSE. You can download a copy free at the link above.

I also presented an Ignite talk titled “Invent Your School!” about my experiments with a curriculum based around students engineering solutions to school-based problems. You can view it here. (I put presenter comments in the notes section of the presentation, just hover over the slides to see the “options” icon shaped like a gear. Then click “open speaker notes” to see what I said during my presentation):