scratchimage23This weeks workshop presentation based on the topic Authoring and Multimedia was presented by Emiliene, Karly and Matthew. Here is a link to their presentation… Multimedia & Authoring. The main focus of this presentation was introducing students to the program known as Scratch. This software is free and downloadable off the Web and is what we would call a ‘mind tool’ because it helps children change the way they think of computers and involves children developing their problem solving skills. Scratch is also known as a form of programming language which everyone is able to understand. Scratch caters for a large range of ability levels for all ages of students. This program could be used through a K-12 classroom for a variety of teaching pruposes.

The image below is the basic way Scratch works. Instead of having the knowledge of a specific coding language, you simply build by snapping blocks together to create personalised stories, games and animations which can then be shared over the Web within a Scratch community.

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The presenters did a great job of explaining the basis of their topic and taking the class through a simple yet constructive activity within Scratch. There was good use of questioning in the presentation and was a great opening or introductory lesson which could be used within a classroom environment. One thing which the presenters showed very well was to not appear too confident when teaching a new form of technology because the students in your class are likely to know more about the topic then yourself.

Scratch is a great example of an emerging technology. It can be used as a new alternative rather then teaching students all about Microsoft Power Point. Although Power Point is still a great classroom tool, Scratch can be more interactive and more enjoyable. As future teachers we need to push and challenge ourselves to develop our knowledge and skills in specific emerging technologies to create a better learning environment for our future students. For a computing class Scratch is a beginning tool which enables the students to logically think about how to create such projects and builds up their knowledge for more complex programming and pseudo code writing.

After the presentation for this week we briefly went through problems with publishing and printing WordPress pages. If you are wanting to show your ePorfolio to someone without computer access its a good idea to know how to print it off still looking as good as it does on the computer screen. A solution can be to take a screen snap of each ePortfolio page and save these as PDF files but there will be problems with the quality if the page is bigger then the screen.

The below links are examples software available on the Web for both Mac and Windows which can create quality PDF files of each ePortfolio page which the user can print off and have an external copy of their ePortfolio:

For Mac:

For Windows:

Links to other Workshop Presentations

Tuesday 11am Workshop

Tuesday 2pm Workshop

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