July 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Fruit Jams II: Revenge of the Pineapple

Okay, so the pineapple was pretty docile. But if produce could rise up and wreak havoc, it had good cause on Tuesday and Wednesday, when we encouraged 5th-7th graders to stab them repeatedly (and gleefully) with paperclips until they made crazy noises. If any revenge was exacted, it was in the form of an insidious stickiness we're still finding in random places.

We held Round 2 of this workshop in Brookdale's large meeting room, with… Continue

Added by Alicia Anderson on July 31, 2009 at 5:06pm — 4 Comments

Scratch at Jail North

Yesterday Jason and I held a formal Scratch workshop at Jail North in Charlotte. We both frequently do outreach at the facility, but haven't done Scratch before. The computer lab consisted of eight desktop computers and one connected to a monitor. Since they didn't have access to the Internet (they could at some point-the Jail is not against it-and we have for other projects), we downloaded some projects to a flash drive and uploaded them to the desktop before class. We started off by looking… Continue

Added by Kelly Czarnecki on July 30, 2009 at 8:46am — 6 Comments

Of their own free will

Good Stuff

July is rolling to a close and we're halfway through our summer Scratch program series. We decided that the best use of our time was to schedule 14 Scratch programs in 7 weeks. We do an hour of formal instruction, take a break then come back for a two hour informal open lab.

We use the large meeting room of the Rainier Beach branch (holds about 48) and we set tables up in a big "U" with 9 laptops from a library "traveling lab" and Rae & I bring our own… Continue

Added by Mahina on July 29, 2009 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Well, Teen Tech Camp is over, but...

...we are having an Open Lab session this afternoon from 2:30-4:30. Hopefully, some of the campers will come back to visit us. We are planning appropriately by scheduling a larger room than our usual space. Also, the Teen Tech Camp Gallery has been updated with all projects but a few [Some campers' usernames are not coming up when I do a Search in Scratch. Anyone else having this difficulty?].

Here's the link to the updated Gallery:… Continue

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on July 28, 2009 at 10:40am — 2 Comments

Greetings from the MIT Scratch Team

Hi everyone. I just joined Media MashUp and looked around the site. It's exciting to see so many creative ideas and projects.

Thanks for using Scratch -- and for sharing your ideas. On the Scratch Team at MIT, we're always amazed and delighted by the innovative ways that members of the Scratch community are using Scratch.

Mitch Resnick
MIT Scratch Team

Added by Mitchel Resnick on July 24, 2009 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

Wrapping up our projects and debugging.

So, today's session of Teen Tech Camp was more like an Open Lab. Each camper is working towards an individual [or group] goal. All of their projects seem different. We have several games, some demonatrations/tutorials, some animations, and a few storytelling projects...there is even a group working on a singing project. [They have been recording their voice tracks for the last few days.] Our campers are very engaged. It's really an amazing thing to see. We have to call five minutes 'til time at… Continue

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on July 23, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Side-Scrolling today.

"The best laid plans of mice and men..."

So today my presentation idea fell apart. Although a little disappointed, it was only because the campers are so invested in their individual projects. I gave them the handouts, at least, to try later. But, today was run more like an Open Lab.

In the morning, we had a Bright Shiny Object Presentation from Mr. Ruch. He's the COO of Justin Timberlake's web site. He showed us Justin's website, but also demo'd a web based video app that… Continue

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on July 22, 2009 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Fruit Jams -- 1st HCL gig

This past week Alicia attempted our first round of Fruit Jams--using Scratch to make music with fruit. You need Pico Boards for this particular endeavor. We started with a sponge music program that Keith and Asia from the Science Museum of Minnesota created which changes instruments based on the resistance:

Sponge Music

This program contains some tricky math… Continue

Added by Cynthia on July 21, 2009 at 8:51pm — 3 Comments

Our Second Day of Teen Tech Camp.

Today was the second day of Teen Tech Camp here in Memphis, TN. I previously posted a gallery of our teens' work on a project called "All About Me" for our Orientation session. Yesterday, we made a project where one Sprite was controlled by moving the mouse. We also added Animation and Sound to these projects. Today we stepped things up another notch with Simple Chase Game instructions. The campers all made at least one game and posted it to Scratch. Almost every camper is also working on a… Continue

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on July 21, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Digital Literary Magazine Midsession Report from WPL

We've now done four of six sessions of the Digital Literary Magazine. So far so good. The kids are now working on their final projects. I've got my fingers crossed that they'll get them all done, and that the projects will actually resemble stories.

I started out with a formal workshop-type class, where Stephen the volunteer and I taught them Scratch basics. We did a project together, a joke (a variation on Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road). The rest of the DLM is open studio-like.… Continue

Added by Janet Piehl on July 20, 2009 at 8:14pm — 1 Comment

Mini Update... 1.4 change of heart (and mind)

I went ahead this past weekend on our summer programs - and upgraded all 44 computers ( not including staff) to the new version of 1.4

- The short reason is that the Monday after the weekend of the launch of 1.4, we had a student in one of our Scratch classes say "why don't you have 1.4?" This really shows who's leading this 21st century change. I had already decided to wait to the end of summer. Then I heard this comment. Also one of my summer teachers said they didn't feel that it… Continue

Added by keithbraafladt on July 20, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Institute of Museum and Library Services

I'm Kevin O'Connell, Congressional Affairs Officer for IMLS. I'll be visiting St. Paul next month and am taking a look at the great work you're doing with Media Mashup.

Added by Kevin O'Connell on July 15, 2009 at 4:03pm — 2 Comments

Open Lab / Teen Tech Camp 7-14-09

We had an open lab session with about 9 (10?) participants yesterday and all but two of them were Teen Tech Campers getting a jump on next weeks projects. If the rest of the campers are as creative as these few we are in for a great week.

We have converted about five computers to Ubuntu and with a friends help I have learned how to update them and to get their wireless cards activated. We have experienced some of the difficulties with sound when using Scratch on these laptops but we… Continue

Added by John T. Lloyd on July 15, 2009 at 10:28am — 5 Comments

YMCA Youth Center Outreach (in Seattle)

Rachael and I went to a YMCA in the Seattle area for two days of Scratch programming. We're happy to report that it went really well! (much better than our initial programs went) On July 1st and 2nd we did an outreach program at the Dale Turner YMCA Youth Center. We had 16 teens at the center and about four of them had used Scratch before. The advisor, Christina Vien, was very present and extremely helpful with keeping the kids on track and invested. We discovered that having the teens work in… Continue

Added by Mahina on July 10, 2009 at 6:45pm — 2 Comments

Teen Tech Camp Orientation

Hi all,

Last night was Teen Tech Camp Orientation here in Memphis. We had some very involved participants! I have posted some photos of last night's event. Most everyone was engaged and playing with possibilities from the moment we introduced Scratchr the website. Nearly everyone successfully created and account and posted their first project "All About Me". It was a formal session, and I have been working on the handout for quite some time now. Hopefully, I can post the final… Continue

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on July 10, 2009 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Major Breakthrough in Memphis...

Sorry I haven't posted anything in so long. We've been having a great Summer Reading Club, which means we have been very busy [ it's a quality problem really ].

Another problem we have been having here is a weak and faltering wireless connection, as well as a broadband connection that is less than stellar. Today though, we have had a major breakthrough!

Our local bloodbank, Lifeblood, has let us borrow a Procurve Wireless Access Point. We configured everything today, and… Continue

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on July 7, 2009 at 6:54pm — 1 Comment

Formal Workshop @ WPL

Last week was a really busy one for me. I had my first two-part formal workshop, plus the first Scratch lesson of the Digital Literary Magazine (more on that later). I collaborated on the formal workshop with our volunteer, Stephen. Stephen created a Space Shooter game to teach the kids. I re-created the game and I also wrote up some directions for it. This part was pretty time-consuming. I really didn't have enough off-desk hours to do this, so I ended up doing some of it at home because the… Continue

Added by Janet Piehl on July 7, 2009 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Scratch conflicting with IE 8?

The IT person at my library has said that Scratch is conflicting with version 8 of Internet Explorer. Has anyone else experienced something similar?

Added by Kelly Czarnecki on July 3, 2009 at 5:25am — 6 Comments

New version of Scratch is out 1.4

Hi all,

the new version with some additions and improvements is out. Take a look: http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Scratch_1.4_Download

I realize that libraries may not be able to use this with patrons til Lab images are updated, but it may be fun to try the new version. At the Science Museum we are in full swing with our summer program - which means as excited as we may be, we'll be holding off on… Continue

Added by keithbraafladt on July 2, 2009 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Week Long Workshop at ImaginOn

I held a week long workshop in our computer lab last week. Each workshop was an hour in length. I had new kids almost every time which was a bit difficult to get any consistency and build on of a project. One teen and one pre teen did show up twice. There was one summer camp that came two days as well. I attributed their attendance more due to their schedules (based on what they said) rather than lack of interest using Scratch. The parents and/or camp leaders that were there tried Scratch right… Continue

Added by Kelly Czarnecki on July 2, 2009 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

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