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I am new to Scratch and am looking for tips and/or feedback about how is the best way to  introduce the Final Project for 10-12 years old as described on Curriculum Guide.  They have never worked in a "project" before. Any pointers will be appreciated! 
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Hey CCOW-ers! I hope all is well. I've been busy, busy, busy working on Scratch :] Quick question: Might you all have examples of  awesome studios and/or projects made by students in a classroom setting? I am helping lead a workshop next week and would love to show some examples! Cheers! 
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Eric, here is a link to our studio!  
http://scratch.mit.edu/studios/275156/
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Alan Yorinks

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The reference manual for s2a_fm has been translated to Chinese by Yufangjun 发自我的小米手机.
It is available on Github http://bit.ly/1kzlHhj.
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So many of you have inspired me and help me become a better teacher.  Saw this on twitter today. I am going to be making some nominations, looks easy to do.  
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This is a great idea, so many people helped me avoid the "Last years before retirement" stagnation.
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Hello!

My App Inventor French Server almost ready!

http://carthage-ai.appspot.com/

The only thing missing comparing to official version is the generation of APK. This feature is possible on the offline version who will be released soon.

If you are french speaker, I will be glad to work improving the translation. I am looking also for a server where I can put the buildserver:

If you don't have App Inventor in your own language and you want that, I can help you. The most difficult part is to find where and how to change the text. So translation will take just 2 days.


Why you should use App Inventor?
Because phones and tablets have cool feature that a kid can program.

Contact: adelkassah@gmail.com
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Im 11 years old and I've created my first iPhone app in Xcode. If anyone has an iPhone developer account please contact me. You can keep all the profits of the app.
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+John Jairo Arana Suaza Isto significa que vai colocar-lo na App Store?
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Hi~ CCOW members~
I want to connect Scratch 2.O and Arduino wireless module.
Is it possible? Please, let me know how to connect them.
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I have uploaded a Bluetooth version of PyMata to github - http://bit.ly/SPKNC2. You can now control an Arduino from Scratch Wirelessly!!!

I also have a new Instructables article on how to control an Arduino from a BeagleBone Black using Bluetooth. http://bit.ly/1lEzvvl
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Might be worth a look.
 
50+ free online ebooks for Python programming http://olimex.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/collection-of-51-free-e-books-for-python-programming/ … good resources for both beginners and advanced users
Python now is what BASIC was in 1980s . With the broad range of modules for any purpose there is hard to find problem which can't be solved with this easy to learn and use language.OLinuXino OSHW L...
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Thanks for posting these!
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wala'a nemer

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Anyone can provide me with a scratch curriculum or activity list for grade 4 and 5 ?
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I would be curious to see what others are doing with age level as well...
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Hi all  Finished up Hack for Western Mass today - which was amazing.  We had an intergenerational group of designers, coders, biologists, and data analysts ages 9-full on grownup -  pull together eight different Scratch projects to create a game, still in progress, that builds interest in the Holyoke Fish Lift.  http://scratch.mit.edu/users/Hack4WesternMass/ Going to be posting more about our process soon. 
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Join the workshop at https://creative-computing.appspot.com Creative Computing is a six-week online workshop for educators who want to learn more about using Scratch and supporting computational thinking in the classroom and other learning environments. The workshop, which is free, was held from Monday, June 3, 2013 and ended on Friday, July 12, 2013, but the materials and resources remain available online for anyone who wants to follow the activities at their own pace. The online workshop was followed by a day-long, in-person symposium at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Saturday, July 13, 2013. More info is available at http://cc-symposium.eventbrite.com Please use the #ScratchEd #CCOW tag pair to follow and share updates.
 
experimenting 3D simulation
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nice!
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If you are thinking about having your students extending their skills beyond Scratch, you might like to consider using JavaScript. "3D Game Programming" is a fun way to introduce students to the language. To get up to speed on the language for myself, I used, "A Smarter Way To Learn JavaScript". I have provided a critique of each book on my blog page. Just click the link below.
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Thanks for the kind words. I spent a month or two looking for the right vehicle to use to introduce JavaScript to the kids. I looked at several online courses, and for me, they were a better cure for insomnia than for teaching JavaScript. Not really appropriate for what I am trying to do. Then I stumbled upon 3D Game Programming, and IMHO, is this best thing out there. BTW, if you have any questions, the author actually responds to postings on his web page. Really neat!
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a game where you guide a worm that become bigger when eats something (draft)
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Instead I used the Zx Spectrum :)
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Alan Yorinks

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ScaraBot ZOO - I invite you all to collaborate to populating this zoo; The studio is a collection of robotic creatures that move and make scribbles & drawing
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Discovered this yesterday and spent a few hours happily engrossed in Creative Computing using the programming language Processing.

http://www.funprogramming.org/
fun programming
learn creative coding writing simple programs

I love the process aBe uses as he goes about creating programs in these short videos. He often goes to the Processing reference  document, shows how to search for a topic, peruses the examples , searches within the description  and 'discovers' the information needed to build his program. Not only is he teaching a particular set of commands and ideas within each tutorial, he is illuminating a process that will assist the learner in creating programs beyond the scope of the given tutorials. These videos are Fantastic!!

I found these when I signed up for a course called Creative Coding, on futurelearn.com.

Another bunny trail that it led to that some of you might be interested in:  http://www.opentechschool.org/
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Thanks. I started to look at the videos and they are nicely done. There is also a JavaScript integration with Processing -http://processingjs.org/

I am going to explore that as well, since I will be using JavaScript in the Fall with my after school club.

I am going to have a busy summer ;-).
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I "kid tested" a lesson I developed using "3D Game Programming for Kids" http://bit.ly/1ks5jPx by presenting it at a Middle School Scratch club meeting. The kids loved it, so next year I will be leading both a Scratch club and a JavaScript 3D club. The school is thrilled and so are the kids! Many thanks to Chris Strom for developing a wonderful teaching platform.
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Finishing this week a wonderful year of teaching Scratch to 4th and 5th graders. I've created the below goodbye project to inspire the students to forever think and find creative ways to express themselves. Enjoy! 

http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/23425634
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Wow~ great work!
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Want to experiment with RPi? With this device you do not need to wire up a  bread board - just plug it in and go!
 
NEW PRODUCT – Pimoroni PiBrella
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No, the Pibrella doesn't protect your Raspberry Pi during a rainstorm. You can't go dancing in a monsoon with your Pibrella and your Raspberry Pi, singing and clicking your heels because your credit card sized computer has stayed completely dry. But you'll want to (or at least want to sing and dance) because with the Pibrella you can drive motors, make sounds, and learn basic electronics interfacing for the Raspberry Pi. 

It's a really simple add on plate that plugs straight into your Raspberry Pi Model A or B's GPIO header. All of it's easy to use, clearly labelled, and perfect for beginners. The Pibrella's designed to drive bigger loads than the Pi GPIO can handle, with indicator LEDs for I/O channels to make debugging easy. It's the perfect add-on for classrooms, clubs, and just general Pi beginners. 

The PiBrella also works with Python or Scratch and has a USB power connector so you can add more power to anything you connect to your outputs. There's a lot more information, including diagrams and set up information, at the Pibrella site.

http://adafru.it/dwS
In stock and shipping now!
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