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Creating, collaborating and communicating across geographical and cultural borders has rarely seemed more crucial than at the present time, and music is surely one of the most far-reaching and universal bridge-builders that we can share. Transcending language barriers and differing belief ...
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An animation showing how 4 planets orbit around the sun.
4 planets of solar system
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Great to see the new blocks & functionality in the latest update, especially the screen touched x y coordinates and the control "if then", "wait until", "repeat until" blocks. Nice work Team Pocket Code. :-)
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This Samsung / Pocket Code mobile classroom project looks great.
 
Samsung #CodingForKids  mobile class room: 9 weeks, 7 hours per day with Pocket Code!

Here's a short video by Samsung with impressions from the workshops!

Link: http://www.samsung.com/at/microsite/digitale-bildung/coding-for-kids.html

Pocket Code on Google Play: http://catrob.at/pc
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Waiting for Alice - a cool looking Alice in Wondrland game.
Tend your phone to move. The goal is to bring alice to the ma hatter
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Coding skills for refugees, on tbeir smartphones
 
Coding skills for refugees, on their smartphones!

Over the last four months, several refugees from Syria and from Afghanistan have joined our development team. Because of the challenges that are faced by refugees all over the world, we are now planning to intensively support right to left languages such as Arabic, Pashto, Persian, and Urdu (and, coincidentally of course also Hebrew) in a natural, intuitive, and sustainable way. We have found time and again that being able to use our Pocket Code app in one's own language makes it much more accessible. This will be a non-trivial challenge if we want to do it in a good way, since there are many issues that go beyond mere support of different layouts and keyboards. E.g., we must ensure that also those developers in the Catrobat team who do not speak these languages are nevertheless able to maintain the code in the future, we must provide translated sample programs and tutorial materials with localized screenshots, make sure that the icons which should be reversed, e.g., the undo button, are correctly mirrored, that Pocket Code's formula editor can correctly handle mixed direction formulas and reversed parameter order of functions, that ordering of non-alphabetic lists is done correctly, that characters in different languages are always fully visible on screens of various sizes (and also for all future changes in the translations), that languages that are not supported natively by Android can nonetheless be selected in the settings, and much more. This is a long term endeavour, and we will work together with developers and translators who are native speakers of right to left languages in order to develop these adapted versions of our apps and web services. We are hoping that we can release Pocket Code with the most important functionality supporting right to left language within less than one year from now --- as you may know we have better to be conservative with our time estimates based on past experience and since we want to do it right, but having said that, so far we are at our 23rd published release.

Fortunately, a right-to-left language version of Pocket Paint, our image editor, is almost ready and will be made publicly available (hopefully!) over this summer. Note that our apps and websites already now support some right to left languages in a basic way. Thus it is possible to use our apps and websites in Arabic to some extent and with lots of limitations. Unfortunately we are not yet able to support those languages that are not supported natively by Android, such as Persian and Urdu, even though we already have volunteer translators for them, but note that the new version of Pocket Paint will soon support them through a user setting. Still, there is still a long way to make this really great for the young refugees we want to support.

We believe that Pocket Code, since it relies purely on smartphones (and we have successfully developed apps with Pocket Code even on 3.0" screens!), is uniquely able to help less privileged users from all over the world who do not have access to a PC or laptop to express themselves creatively with code and learn programming in order to become active participants in our joint future and understand the world in a better way.

If you want to join us and participate in our project, please do not hesitate to contact us via contact@catrobat.org --- for some ideas how you could help, e.g., by becoming a volunteer translator or providing educational materials about coding with Pocket Code for schools, please have a look at http://catrob.at/contributing --- Thank you very much.

Main site: http://www.catrobat.org/
Google Play: http://catrob.at/pc
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WordPlay London festival is happening at The British Library on Saturday 19th November, & they're looking for game submissions - games with exceptional writing or ones that use writing in an integral way — submissions close at midnight on September 28th.
This year, our festival of writerly games will be happening in London, England, in a no less esteemed place than the British Library. According to the Wikipedia entry, it’s the largest library in the world and included in their collection of 170,000,000 items is the manuscript copy...
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Great to see the new blocks & functionality in the latest update of Pocket Code, especially the screen touched x y coordinates and the control "if then", "wait until", "repeat until" blocks.
Program, play, and share your own games, animations, interactive art, music...
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Voting for the interactive fiction IntroComp is now open - featuring 7 introductions to #IF pieces. Anyone can vote. Disclaimer: I've entered #interactivefiction
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Pixel Traffic Car - customise your car and then race through traffic.
This is a simple car game [Update v.1.1-v.1.8] *(see older versions) ------------------------------ [Update v.1.9] *added HighScore (may be removed if it causes crashes) *added GameFix instruction Please don't copy the game
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Gamifying getting ready in the morning. Clever idea. :-)
Sequencing the morning routine Can Joe get ready for work? Version 3 #PSD #work and life skills #nolb
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Guildford Library is hosting a couple of Maker / Digital DIY workshops on 9th July as part of a Westminster University research project. It's open to all & you can book via the Eventbrite link... a good opportunity to try out 3D printing & electronics.
The Digital Do-It-Yourself Spark workshops for adults aim to introduce participants to creative making using all sorts of materials and digital tools. Digital technologies including 3D printing and littleBits electronics will be available within the workshop. Workshop facilitators will explain how these technologies work and can be used creatively. Within the workshop you will be asked to work in a small group of 3-5 people. A creative design cha...
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