Week 6 Topic: Digital Fluency
Write about the experience of learning Scratch.
I didn’t know I was a constructivist!
If someone had said last year, I was going to create a digital animation, I would have told them I probably couldn’t do that and would turn to youtube.
Scratch is a collaborative media program designed for 8-12 year olds providing an excellent array of experiences with users from K to12 (Scratch., n.d.). The first attempt at an animation is scratchy, (pun!) there are too many scripts and being critical there are lots of things that need improving.
A useful element for education is that animations can be upskilled. As children progress through each stage of learning; literacy, math, programming, creation, and other core subjects; more complex and challenging operations can be introduced to support the framework of teaching digital literacy.
By harnessing technological knowledge students have via social media networks and the like, offering new experiences using different types of digital technology we can develop digital literacy into digital fluency that prepares students for the work force (Mac Manus, S. 2013).
Scratch is easy to navigate and script, making it attractive to use as a learning tool. At any age, this is a program that causes feelings of joy and accomplishment.
Discussion Board Learning Activity:
Create an animation with Scratch
Scratch is definitely something that can be utilized homeschooling my two boys. Ideas for animations are now flooding my thoughts, however, it will have to wait until this unit of study is over because my workload at the moment is too great.
Try it yourself! Here is a link to the scratch animations home
Header Image from Scratch Programming, DLA labs site. http://labs.da.org/wordpress/scratchprogramming/2012/03/27/scripting-movement-for-a-platform-game/