August 2009 Blog Posts (8)

The Digital Cafe is Open!

Hey everyone, our digital literary magazine is now online!

Lisa, our children's web librarian, and I pulled this together.

As you can see, the theme was food.

Bon appetit!

Added by Janet Piehl on August 31, 2009 at 8:08pm — 3 Comments

Open Source Stop Motion Animation Software

Interested in trying stop motion animation at your library? The Learning Technologies switched over to SAM software this year after using Intel Play for the past 6+ years in their stop motion animation sessions. Some of our most successful sessions in the past have used simple torn paper characters with brass fastened moveable parts, 3M Scotch… Continue

Added by Sabrina Sutliff-Gross on August 25, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

New tutorials posted on the Documents page!

Janet and Hillary have shared new tutorials on creating a space shooter game and scrolling. Thanks Hillary and Janet for sharing your work!

Added by Sabrina Sutliff-Gross on August 20, 2009 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

Troubling Discovery...

Hi All,

Today I discovered that our SMM email filter has been automatically putting a bunch of the IMLS emails into my junk folder - which I rarely check. Sadly, there were a couple emails there from LAST MONTH including docs that you requested me to post. First, I sincerely apologize and second, please resend me any email correspondence you have sent me throughout the summer. Hillary and Janet - I do have your docs that I emailed you about and will make sure they're on the… Continue

Added by Sabrina Sutliff-Gross on August 19, 2009 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment


If you haven't had a chance to visit the new ScratchEd site, I'd encourage you to. Among the great information on the site is a set of curriculum resources created by members of the Scratch Team and the larger Scratch Community. Karen Brennan and Evelyn Eastmond, for example, both have some great plans posted.

Added by Jen on August 18, 2009 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Formal Lab Worship this week

There were fifteen youth signed up for the class, but the most that showed up were five. Having a focused project (we created a maze game and chasing game) seemed to help move the class along and the youth caught on well. They weren't interested in saving or sharing their projects. Next time, I think I'll start with having them create an account if they don't already have one. Most of the youth said they preferred Game Maker over Scratch since they thought there were way more options of what… Continue

Added by Kelly Czarnecki on August 14, 2009 at 11:35am — No Comments

Open Studio 8/6

We had our last Scratch program of the summer this last Thursday. It was an open studio. We had 8 kids signed up--I would have liked a few more, but really it was a fine-sized group. I ran the program with our volunteer Stephen. We followed a model that worked in the past--the new users sat together, and the experienced users sat together. Stephen worked with the experienced users on whatever they wanted to do, and I walked the new users through the basics of Scratch. After that, I got them… Continue

Added by Janet Piehl on August 11, 2009 at 5:09pm — 2 Comments

Rest of the Digital Literary Magazine

WPL's Digital Literary Magazine is now over. We had our last two sessions and the kids finished their final projects. The theme was food, and the magazine will be called Digital Cafe. The final projects were based on a pretty loose assignment I gave them. They had to include text (speech bubbles or some kind of narration), sound, and animation and also be a story (we defined "story" together). They also had to include at least one element of food.

So...most of the kids finished their… Continue

Added by Janet Piehl on August 11, 2009 at 4:54pm — 1 Comment

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