Scratch is a basic coding game platform that is free to use. For my Instructional Technology class we worked in small groups to create Scratch games for a local school. We shared the games with the local school via FlipGrid and the students responded with games they made. It was amazing to see the games the students game up with. Scratch is an engaging platform that most certainly has many implications for the classroom and is a great way to get students engaged with introductory coding. As a first time Scratch user, I found it to be slightly challenging to learn how to create a game but with the help of online tutorials, problem-solving and my small group, I am happy with the Hungry Butterfly game we created. You can check out our game below. It would be wonderful to hear some feedback.
How have you used Scratch or similar coding programs in your classroom?
For my Instructional Technology class, we were paired into groups to create a collaborative lesson plan centered around authentic and project-based learning. My group decided to do an interdisciplinary lesson for 3rd graders about Monarch Butterflies. We planned to use Google Docs, FlipGrid, creating a Weebly website and Skype to provide collaboration between our students and the community. Overall, I believe my group did a great job working together and devised a lesson our future students would enjoy.
I would love to hear your feedback on our lesson or stories about how you have incorporated authentic learning experiences into your classroom.
Go to w.taskstream.com/Lesson/View/A1098B25E342FBA3C31F817E50EA92E9 to review our lesson plan.
For my Instructional Technology class we were assigned a digital storytelling project sharing why we choose to become teachers. Since I have a Windows computer, I had to use WeVideo.
While using WeVideo I came to the following conclusions:
Overall, I do not think my video is too bad for the fact this was my first attempt at a project like this. I do think I need to improve on my use of graphics and the quality of the short videos I am adding into my story. If you have a Windows computer, I would love to hear about the programs you use for Digital Storytelling, how you have used it in your classroom or how I can work to improve my future videos.