Transforming learning through global collaboration
This is an idea that is in its infancy. I would like to do a global elementary scratch project, as a kickoff to a year-long collaboration, using the new online Scratch interface. This new interface allows you to invite others to collaborate on your work. This is not synchronous collaboration. However there is a new tool, called a "backpack" which allows you to easily save sprites, with code from one project to another.
As an introductory project I would like to have student design a sprite and animate it... make it dance. These dancing sprites can be collected and posed in front of an image of a local landmark, etc... So, something similar to the old Where the Heck is Matt videos.
Why Scratch? It is a programming interface- and I, although not a programmer, firmly believe that we must begin to teach young children about programming. It is collaborative, and essentially limitless. As far as I know it is not blocked in China or any other country. If a student does not have internet access, even the new version will soon be available to download....and then projects can be emailed.
Scratch already has a large global collaborative community. I would love to leverage this into a community that our students can benefit from. I have joined a couple online groups who have worked with some schools around the world and have created the water creatures scratch project.
I would like to have the kids do an intro project, then continue to plan on Edmodo... make mixed groups there- kids can have a "science" group and use scratch to demo what they are learning in science or choose a topic- ie water cycle... We could have a storytelling group in edmodo- show work in scratch... etc...
This is why I envision this as a year-long project... students could move from group to group as they finish...
so... still thinking and would love any initial feedback... workable-crazy idea- whatever.
I love this idea. I could probably drum up someone in my district to join in this project if you get it off the ground! As a former computer programming teacher, I'm amazed, and thrilled, at the recent interest in computer programming. Sounds like a wonderful project!