Creative Computing Online Workshop
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Creative Computing Online Workshop


This summer the ScratchEd team is hosting
Creative Computing, an online Scratch workshop for teachers made possible with support from
Google’s CS4HS initiative. The Creative Computing Online Workshop is free. It is six weeks long
beginning Monday June 3rd and ending July 12th. It involves approximately ten to twelve
hours of activity each week. The workshop is designed for K to 12 educators,
but is open to anyone who is interested in creative computing. No prior experience with
Scratch or with programming is required. Computers are a part of every aspect of our
lives, but we engage with computers and computation primarily as consumers rather than as producers.
We watch videos on YouTube, we play games on our cell phones, we participate in social
networks. But computation is a powerful creative medium for self expression and problem solving
and everyone should be able to engage with computation as creators. It’s not that everyone
should become a computer scientist, but everyone should have an appreciation for the thinking
and the practices involved. But how do we do this? Well, you need access
to tools and to community and Scratch is one tool and one community for supporting creative
computing. Scratch is a free programming environment that enables young people to create their
own interactive media — stories, games, animations — and you build projects by snapping blocks
together just as you snap Lego bricks together in the physical world. Scratch is also an
online community where people can share their projects with others online. You can view
projects, interact with projects, and even look inside projects to study and remix others’
code. The Creative Computing Workshop is all about
supporting creative computing in the classroom and we’ll be using the Scratch programming
language as our primary tool for exploration. In the workshop, you’ll be creating Scratch
projects, connecting with other educators, and reflecting on how to include creative
computing in learning experiences. I’ll be your guide through the big ideas of creative
computing in the workshop, but let me introduce you to other members of the workshop facilitation
team. In the online workshop activities, you’ll
have a variety of opportunities to engage with creative computing and learn more about
Scratch. We’ll show you a range of sample Scratch projects to give you ideas and inspiration
for designing your own computational creations. And we’ll introduce activities and resources
to help you gain hands-on experience with Scratch. We’ll help you explore key computational practices
by walking you through each of the daily workshop activities. We’ll also introduce you to powerful
computational concepts like sequences, loops, parallelism, events, conditionals, and data
— those ideas that are central to computer science and computational thinking more broadly. Whether completely new to Scratch and creative
computing, or have prior experience, we’ll help you connect the computational practices
and computational concepts through a deeper familiarity and fluency with the Scratch authoring
environment and the online community. Whatever your grade level or subject area, you’ll be
exploring, tinkering, and making connections with other educators throughout this entire
workshop to imagine how you can include creative computing in your teaching practice. I hope that answers some of your questions
about creative computing and the Creative Computing Online Workshop. If you have any
other questions, please join us in the Creative Computing Google+ Community. We look forward
to working with you.

9 Comments

  • Miguel Angel Pérez Alvarez

    Very excited about the workshop. 25 years working with Logo, Lego Mindstorms and Scratch is the main fuel for me to try this workshop. I want to learn and share with colleges in Mexico the creative computing ideas. Good for you guys!

  • Angelo Vicente

    Way to go, I have started to implement the curriculum guide lessons in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades with good results. Looking forward to the workshop and the sharing of ideas.

  • Bill Belsey

    I am also excited about this online course! Where/when can I sign up? FYI, I did Logo with my students years ago and was also asked by Dr. Papert to be part of the 2B1 Gathering at M.I.T. that lead to the One Laptop per Child initiative. Pls email me at billbelsey (a) gmail dot com with info.

  • Marc Voogt

    Nice video, but next time remember there's a camera you should look at, makes the video more interesting to watch.

  • Andrés Cervantes

    This would be great if the classes could have subtitles. My little brother is very interested, but he is not very good at hearing English

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