Our TLA Presentation was yesterday morning, and it went off without a hitch. Well, except we ran out of 'play time' just as everyone was really getting into exploring Scratch. There was someone there who was posting our presentation to School Library Journal as we were presenting. [Glad I didn't know about that at the time, or I would have been more nervous than I already was!] I haven't had much time to search for the post this morning, but I as soon as I find the link, I'll post it to the Ning.
We started the session with Mary Seratt giving a little background about the grant and consortium of libraries. She then turned it over to John Lloyd and myself. John gave a little bit of information on Teen Tech Camp and SIM [Society of Information Management, Memphis]. Basically, how we came to have Teen Laptops, and how they were maintained separately from the City System.
Then I introduced Scratch and ran through a print out from the Scratch Support area called the "Getting Started Guide". Basically, we wanted to do a presentation that let them take away easy implementation ideas for their libraries. We talked about all the freeware/shareware programs that we were running and then turned them loose to explore. Everyone found the 'Sounds', 'Motion', and 'Looks' blocks greatly entertaining. I then showed them a user generated program downloaded from the Scratch website. Everyone oohed and ahhed. We kept reinforcing the idea that learning together with the participants is suggested and showing them where and how to find more information was probably more essentail then knowing the in's and out's of Scratch.
I think most participants in the session walked away with enough information to get started. We didn't have internet access so they could see the ScratchR site directly, but the handout we disributed was very hypertext heavy and hopefully ::fingers crossed:: they will explore the ScratchR site on their own.
That's all for now!
P.S. Here's the link http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/830000283/post/1840053384....