Monday, February 23, 2009

Slides from presentation at Scratch@MIT conference

From the Scratch@MIT conference July 24-26, 2008

Scratch in the Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle School Students

Ursula Wolz, Kim Pearson, Mary Switzer, Monisha Pulimood, Meredith Stone

Our presentation was accompanied by a iWork Keynote presentation that included 2 videos. The media were designed for a live presentation, not for the web. Consequently these documents are large and will take time to load. They consist of:

The video introduction we did is over a half gig. A web version is also forthcoming. Email for a copy of the draft if you are anxious to see it.

Related Resources:

Cafe: Is the collaborative system we built through which the IJIMs middle school teachers and students created the interactive journalism site "F.I.S.H.". If you would like to explore how CAFE works, please send a request for permission to view the site contents to ijims AT

Is the online journal the Fisher teachers and students created in two weeks this summer! They chose the name collaboratively. The teachers helped us create the layout. The teachers and students are anxious to continue working on F.I.S.H. during the school day rather than just at twice monthly after school sessions. We are renegotiating with them how to do this. Their enthusiasm over working on F.I.S.H. far exceeded our project goals. They are able to articulate how journalism, video production and computer programming require the same set of design skills and are eager to continue to program in Scratch to facilitate journalistic goals. Enjoy F.I.S.H.

Kim’s journalism gallery: Contains examples of using Scratch for journalistic purposes. Note in particular the comment thread that has spun from the project "Effects of CO2". This kind of dialog that mixes commentary about news issues in the context of programming is exactly the kind of dialog we are looking for to entice students who would not necessarily think of themselves as "computer types" into participating in computer science. Its getting kids to think about how to create solutions to real problems (as well as illustrate them) with real computing skills.

Quicktime cand be downloaded here.

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