Teachers are implementing more coding in the classroom to prepare their students for the future. Recently, the Virginia Department of Education approved computer science to be a part of Virginia SOL content. Students will be expected to learn basic coding skills starting in elementary school. Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.
Science Matters, an educational program of the Community Idea Stations, is sponsoring a monthly event for teachers who want to learn more about Scratch or share how they use it in the classroom. RVA Scratch Ed Meetups are completely free and open to all educators who are interested in creative computing. Each meetup will feature an introduction lesson to Scratch and sessions on how to use this platform in the classroom. RVA Scratch Ed Meetups are an opportunity for teachers to grow, learn and create with each other while having fun with coding! And did we say the meetups are FREE?!
If you are interested in joining us on September 26th, please register HERE.
DATES for the FALL: September 26, October 24, and November 28.
TIME: 4:45 - 6:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Community Idea Stations, 23 Sesame Street, Richmond, VA 23235
Scratch Ed Meetups are for Teachers who want to explore computational creativity in all its forms. Teachers will get to IMAGINE, PROGRAM and SHARE using the innovative and free, web-based Scratch tool. Developed by MIT, Scratch can be used be used across the curriculum to create interactive stories, games, animations and simulations and it also provides a platform for sharing your creations with millions of other users around the world. What should you bring? Curiosity and a laptop. Join us for free!
This event is sponsored by Science Matters and organized by Joe Beasley, PBS Digital Innovator.
What is Scratch Ed?
Scratch Ed is a program created by MIT for teachers to learn how to use Scratch - a free tool that helps you explore computational creativity by programming interactive stories, games and animations and then sharing those creations with others online. It's used by millions of people all around the world. It helps teachers teach coding to their kids in an easy and fun way. This is the only Scratch Ed Meetup in Richmond.
What is a Scratch Educator?
A teacher who wants to support computational creativity in the classroom and beyond. Helping learners from elementary to High School, across the curriculum.
What is a Scratch Ed Meetup?
An informal gathering of Educators who want to learn about Scratch from each other and share their ideas and strategies for encouraging computational creativity in all its forms.
What will we be doing at the meetup?
If you’re new to the meetup format, here's what they are and how they work. Meetups are informal gatherings for educators who work with (or are interested in working with) Scratch. The meetups are organized into three parts:
- We start with networking over light refreshments, getting to know fellow attendees and sharing what people want to explore during the meetup.
- We collaboratively decide how to structure our learning and then form small groups based on our different interests. Maybe you want to have a discussion about classroom strategies or get more practice with Scratch—or something else entirely. Feel free to move between groups if the session that you're in isn’t working for you.
- We gather as a whole group for group sharing. You might pose a question to discuss with the group, or share something from your classroom. This is a great time to inspire and be inspired.
What should I bring?
Curiosity. And a laptop that supports Flash will be helpful for the hands-on activities.
Anything I should know before coming to the meetup?
These are completely optional, but are excellent resources to learn more about using Scratch with learners:
- Join the ScratchEd Website and browse through hundreds of resources!
- Look over the Creative Computing Curriculum Guide. It’s an amazing resources.
- Follow the ScratchEd Team on social media through their Twitter account and the hashtag #ScratchEdChat
- New to Twitter and hashtags/twitter chats, no problem! Learn more here.