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 started on a project.
I decided to take advantage of one of the new features of 1.4--the camera. We set up a "green screen" background and had them take their pictures in front of it. Then they attached their pictures to bodies that they drew or downloaded. Then they animated the whole thing. This worked out for a few of the new users. Not everyone was following along, which was too bad, because the kids in question didn't spend as much time on Scratch as they did surfing the web.
I did see a lot of collaboration between the kids. Between the old and new users, they ended up working on a wide variety of projects, so I think there was a lot for them to share.
Now we take a break from Scratch until October. Phew! Time to rest and retool.