So I thought I was going to be able to blog during our Scratch workshop, but it was so busy that I didn't have a chance to, so I'll condense it into one post below.
Our amazing teachers were Mitch Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT, named by Fast Company as one of the most 100 creative people in business 2011, Mitch launched Scratch with his team in 2008 and they are almost at the 2 million projects created mark. He was also involved in the 'programmable brick' technology that helped to launch Lego Mindstorms! Our other teacher was Karen Brennan who is a PhD student at the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. Together these two blew all of our minds with their knowledge, enthusiasm and love for education and computer programming.
400 educators applied from across the country, but only 40 slots were available. The 3 day workshop, Creative Computing, was funded through a Google CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) Grant.
It was an amazing experience to meet educators from across the country who also have a passion for technology in education. I am so excited to be integrating Scratch into the 4th and 5th grade curriculum for the 2011-2012 school year. I believe that Scratch will give students great experience into developing high order level thinking, computational thinking and problem solving skills as well as giving them an opportunity to create and design and become architects of games, stories and art.
I will also be looking for opportunities to integrate Scratch into some of the classrooms.
If you are interested in downloading Scratch, its free! More to come abut Scratch this year.