In class recently we have been working on Scratch to make interactive online geography lessons. We have been figuring out Scratch through trial and error, and it is really fun! I find myself always learning new ways to do things and its really fun that we are able to help educate people about the world. My favorite thing is the programming in Scratch, and it is really great to know you are helping someone.
This semester in One Laptop Per Child we are working on projects to create educational programs through Scratch. My class is making lessons about parts of speech, and it is a big test of our skills. We have to work with things that are much more complex than anything that we have done before, and we are being challenged a lot. We have had a lot of trial and error as we attempt to make simplistic games to teach young children about English.This challenge has really thrown my confidence in coding for a loop, but I feel that I am slowly gaining it back as I figure out more about how to make my program look how I planned.
The first semester flew by, and I am excited to see what this one brings!
Recently in One Laptop per Child we have just started creating our own Scratch lessons on the different parts of speech. For mine, to teach students more about the use of adjectives, I created a game on Scratch where they are asked to choose which word best describes different characters. In order to do this, I had to set up a score box that would keep track of the user’s progress, which meant figuring out what code to use for adding/deducting points. I also created a part of the lesson where the user would have to identify which word in a given sentence was the adjective. For this aspect I was able to reuse the code I’d already set up in the previous exercise, where the addition/deduction of points was linked to whether a specific word (the correct answer) was submitted, or if any other answer was given. Other girls in our class are working on similar projects for nouns and verbs, so we will cover the three most basic parts of speech.