It’s time to experiment with a new tool in this way towards the promotion of a more creative education using new technologies focusing on games and simulations. This time, it is the turn of Scratch.
After experimenting with games, car races and math stories, we will do a pause to experiment with other applications within the Xo (especially games) and also we will take a look to the Scratch environment, observing the reactions of the kids that are relatively comfortable with the Etoys environment.
After this experience, we will begin the construction of the last game (the ping pong game) which has the advantage of addressing many important concepts, as well as the organization and planning that is required for the construction of a larger project.
This month of May, comes a new initiative working with the Bibliobus Santa Cruz that I already talked in a couple of times. Taking into account that the work is done in the parks that are very far from the city, and that we have just one morning or afternoon to work with the children, we must be careful in the tool of choice for this job.
The idea that I have is to use Scratch, which is an environment that is somehow more encapsulated than Etoys to build animations, stories, games or short films.
So, we are exploring the possibility of mixing theatre and Scratch. I think this is a very interesting experiment, again making use of art and technology to a new way of learning.