October 2009 Blog Posts (11)

But the cookies were so small...

We had an open studio here at Wilmette last night. Even though I only fed them a small amount of small cookies, the kids were totally hopped up on goofballs.

I worked with our trusty teen volunteer, Stephen. Nine kids showed up--almost a full house. We split up the group--new users on one side of the tables, experienced users on the other side. I gave the new users a basic intro to Scratch, then walked them through making a digital Magic 8 Ball. The experienced Scratchers, guided by… Continue

Added by Janet Piehl on October 27, 2009 at 4:51pm — 8 Comments

MIT Scratch Team on Scratch

This is a really nice article by the creators of Scratch -- Scratch Programming for all.

Added by Jen on October 25, 2009 at 10:06am — No Comments

Today at our East Shelby Branch location

Today I had my first traveling program. I went out to our East Shelby Branch location with our laptops and microphones in honor of Teen Read Week. I had four participants who were very engaged, ethusiastic, and energetic. They recorded sounds, animated Sprites, and made some backgrounds. Unfortunately, East Shelby does not yet have Wireless service, and internet was not available in the Meeting Room we were using. I should be posting their projects soon and adding some photos to the Ning as… Continue

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on October 24, 2009 at 4:08pm — 2 Comments

Kudos to Kelly

Check out the newly released Digital Story Telling In Practice Library Technology Report that Kelly authored. Way to go!

Added by Jen on October 21, 2009 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Workshop Guide

here's a nice guide to planning a workshop from ScratchEd - Workshop Design Guide

Added by Jen on October 21, 2009 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Simple Animation with Text and Sound - edited for East Shelby Branch Program


Hey guys, here's a link to the program I am running at our East Shelby Branch location this Saturday. I edited the 'All About Me' Program that we ran during Teen Tech Camp this summer. Haven't completely finished it. Need to create a simple soundtrack for the walking robot and add some text as a lead in for the tutorial. Will post an update soon. Oh, I also embedded it in 'My Page' on the Ning.

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on October 19, 2009 at 12:48pm — 1 Comment

Umm, so...

No one showed up this Tuesday for our regularly scheduled lab time. Instead, John and I did some maintainence on the labtops and waited around. We closed up shop about thirty minutes before the end of the scheduled session. Still planning on running a Halloween Greeting Lab next week. We'll see if anyone shows!

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on October 15, 2009 at 9:14am — 4 Comments

Videos from travels to Charlotte and Seattle

Hi All,
I was able to visit both coasts for terrific visits with Jason and Kelly in Charlotte and Mahina, Rachel, and Erica in Seattle. I took a little flip camera and captured a bit of both visits...
Thank you!

Added by keithbraafladt on October 11, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments

WeDo + Scratch for storytelling?

Hi all I'm just back from an amazing trip to Seattle with Mahina, Rachel and Erica and an earlier trip to Charlotte with Kelly and Jason and the Imaginon.

In both of my visits I was able to see amazing innovations in library environments/ architecture!

- I brought a project idea out to share - the notion of doing storytelling of sorts with the WeDo robotics kit and Scratch to create puppets. I made a catfish puppet ( the original idea to bring a catfish was for Charlotte and a rich… Continue

Added by keithbraafladt on October 8, 2009 at 10:50pm — 4 Comments

Scratchin' in Memphis...

Yes, we still are hosting Open Labs and Scratchin here in Memphis. We are trying to brainstorm how to reinvigorate our sessions. Attendance during the school year has dropped drastically.

Anyway, I am working on a formal session in honor of Teen Read Week that will run October 13th and October 27th. It's going to be a Halloween take on the Scratch Greeting Card that everyone ran earlier in the year.

Also in the works, I am going to be traveling to the East Shelby Branch… Continue

Added by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on October 8, 2009 at 9:57am — 5 Comments

Check out new Scratch + Wedo Projects!

At the end of the summer the LTC held a Scratch + Wedo exploration session for our teachers. The goal of the evening was to create a project that integrated the new Wedo and Scratch into an interesting project - but more importantly to come up with new and intriguing ideas for summer programming and drop-in sessions utilizing the new tools. The session was approximately three hours long, participants had varying levels of experience with Scratch (Scratchers and Scratch Masters) and all were new… Continue

Added by Sabrina Sutliff-Gross on October 7, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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