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BLC Pre-Conference Workshop: Digital Storytelling with Scratch - Monday, July 15, 2012

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Happily Ever After: Digital Storytelling with Scratch
Building Learning Communities (BLC) Pre-Conference Workshop
Monday, July 15, 2012
MIT Media Lab
Hosted by Mitch Resnick and Karen Brennan

Do you love stories? Do you want to learn how to create your own interactive digital stories? In this hands-on session, participants were introduced to Scratch, created interactive stories, viewed examples of stories created by young people and heard how Scratch is being used by educators for storytelling.

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As attendees arrived, they received a Scratch Starter Kit and set up their Scratch and ScratchEd accounts.

  • Installing Scratch
  • Signing up for a Scratch account
  • Signing up for a ScratchEd account

Chapter 1: In Character
To get started, Karen shared examples of Scratch projects from the storytelling genre.

Participants were then given 10 minutes to dive into Scratch, explore, and then share what they discovered.

  • Delete the cat
  • Import a character
  • Import a sound
  • Record a sound
  • Add a background
  • Draw a character

In the next activity, participants drew monsters in the style of exquisite corpse. One person drew the top portion, passed it on to the next person who filled in the body, who then passed the drawing onto a third person who finished the bottom part of the monster. Check out photos of the "exquisite characters" on the ScratchEd Flickr page.

Chapter 2: Plot Twist!
Attendees created pass-it-on stories. During this activity, each person was given 15 minutes to work on a story, and then, participants rotated seats to pass their story to the next person for another 15 minutes, followed by time for sharing.

Chapter 3: Tell Me A Story
For the final hour, everyone was given time to work on individual story projects or extend a pass-it-on story.

Here are some helpful resources:

We encourage you to add your projects to the BLC 2012 Scratch gallery

Happily Ever After
Here are a few suggestions for next steps:

  • Share projects! - Upload your projects on the Scratch website and add them to the BLC2012 gallery.
  • Explore resources! - Find lesson plans, activities, handouts, and other Scratch materials in our Resources section.
  • Connect with others! - Connect with other BLCers or find educators local to you by searching in our Members section.
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Find out what happened during the afternoon game design session.

ScratchEd Team

Thanks everyone for joining us at the "Digital Storytelling with Scratch" pre-conference session! We've posted some resources for next steps above. Until next time, enjoy the rest of the BLC conference and we look forward to seeing you on Scratch and ScratchEd!

Karen Brennan

I made a simple example that shows wait vs. broadcast.