Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tok middle school students are learning a new language that not everyone is familiar with - it's called Logo, and it's a programming language that is used to write all sorts of computer programs. They are learning this language by using a program called Scratch.
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy for students to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share their creations on the web.
Students downloaded the Scratch program from the MIT website to their laptops at school. They are learning how to put the programming "bricks" together and will eventually learn to make these cool projects. Last year's 8th graders made great interactive games to go with their geography projects. You can find them on some of this year's 9th grade blogs on the right of this page.
As students create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Students problem solve together to learn more about programming!