Scratch Group for Maryland
The purpose of this group is to bring together Maryland educators who are interested in using Scratch in a classroom setting to learn new skills, reach diverse students, share best practices, and discover or create the best resources for ourselves and our students.
Our Scratch group typically meets on the 4th Thursday of every month (except for months with a holiday conflict*) from 5-6 PM.
Joining Scratch Education Collaborative
Maryland public High Schools are a part of the Scratch Education Collaborative. More information here, https://sip.scratch.mit.edu/sec/
Spring 2022 Schedule:
Jan 27: Scratch Review 101 - A review session on Scratch blocks, how to create teacher accounts, accessing additional features, and integrating Scratch into other programs.
Feb 24: Real-Life Applications of Scratch - Creating Scratch projects that relate to the real world.
Mar 24*: Unplugged Scratch Learning - Using unplugged activities to prepare students to effectively use Scratch.
Apr 28: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Scratch - Learning how to connect Scratch programs with AI.
- May 26: Scratch Favorites - An end-of-year review of Scratch's best teaching practices, projects, and goals for the summer.
*March meet-up date may change depending on spring break schedules
Are you interested in participating in Scratch Hack-a-Thon with Maryland pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, administrators, students, and others? Please fill out this poll to indicate your interests!
Thank you to our Scratch Meet-Up crew for coming to our April meeting. We started the meeting by going over some unplugged CS strategies to teach elementary students CT concepts. The unplugged activity was adapted from the CS Unplugged curriculum. We also extended the unplugged activities to other resources available to help students collaborate when coding in an unplugged environment (see the Getting Unstuck curriculum). The second half of the session was dedicated to discussing Scratch add-ons to add music to Scratch projects and the text-to-speech add-on to create AI. You can see all of the projects and add-ons that we discussed in this PowerPoint. A text-to-speech add-on is a great tool for adding interactivity to a project and helping students understand the program if they are still learning how to read.
Please join us in May for our final Scratch Meet-Up as we discuss all of the topics we have discussed this year and more!