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Hour of Code Activity & Handout: Interactive Holiday Card

Create an interactive holiday card with Scratch.
This hour-long activity introduces students to Scratch programming by helping them to design an interactive holiday card to send to family and friends.

Get started by following the self-guided tutorial at http://scratch.mit.edu/hoc or by using the one-page guide.

The Scratch Holiday Card activity was created for the Hour of Code initiative, a one-hour, hands-on introduction to computer science being offered as part of Computer Science Education Week, taking place December 9-15, 2013. Learn more about how to prepare for your Hour of Code Scratch activity by reviewing tips and resources in the Scratch Hour of Code Teacher Guide, available at http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/hoc.

Special thanks to the ScratchEd community members who generated translations of the handout (see links below).

UPDATE (November 14, 2014): Check out the new Scratch Hour of Code tutorials for 2014, including Animate Your Name and Create a Pong Game.
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Member
Hi 

We are Scratch-TW and we have translated this activity into Traditional Chinese including all the tutorial videos (with TC subtitles), step-by-step instructions and activity handout. Please visit http://scratch-tw.strikingly.com/blog/08037e56ba7  for more information. Thank You!

TC activity hand-out: /sites/default/files/u39887/scratchjie_ri_qia_pian_hochuo_dong_jiang_yi_.pdf
Administrator
Thank you, Yu-Hsein. As always, that's very generous of you and I'm sure many people will appreciate it.

Best,
Willa, on behalf of the ScratchEd Team
Member
Is there someway to export the student's HoC activities as an MP4 or WAV or something so we can share them with their parents downrange?  We make a giant holiday movie of students' creations each year to send to family members downrange.  It would be fun if we could include their programs, too.
Member
That sounds great. There isn't a way directly on Scratch, but you could use a video screen capture program (such as Camstudio on Windows or Quicktime on Mac).
 
Member
Can a downloadable version of the tutorials be posted?  We don't have YouTube or vimeo access.  Do they download with the Scratch 2.0 offline version?
Member
Hi Janet,

The Scratch Hour of Code activity videos are available to view/download from Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/album/2645476.

Sincerely,
Michelle, on behalf of the ScratchEd Team

Member
Are you updating this with the 2014 tutorials?
Member
There are two additional tutorials for 2014 - Animate your name and Make a pong game. There will be a brief intro video for each that can be downloaded from Vimeo. The step-by-step tutorials are planned to be included in the offline version of the editor, and will be available in that version by Dec 4. 
Member
That's great.  I will put "Update Scratch 2.0" on my calendar for Dec. 5th.  Of course, that means updating it on almost 200 computers, but we're fast!  :-)
Member
 I tweaked the ScratchHolidayCard.docx version a little for a workshop that I'm doing.  I saved it as a google pdf and it can be accessed at: drive.google.com/file/d/0B-zqWBM9lxhtZTlBc3o1S0d6SjA/edit
Member
The Dutch version of this handout can be found here: 
De Nederlandse vertaling kan hier gevonden worden:

scratched.media.mit.edu/resources/hour-code-activiteit-en-handout
Member
Sjoerd, great job. Thank you so much.
Cobie
Member
Awesome! Thank you so much for your help. I've added the Dutch translation to the links above.

Sincerely,
Michelle, on behalf of the ScratchEd Team
Member
I am nervously excited about the CSED week next week. I have invited into my 7th period High School Computer Science classroom a different 5th grade class every day. I have this wonderful activity that I will have to condense down to about 35 minutes since that is all the time we will have. However, I am hoping that this will be so much fun, that some of the 5th graders will go home and ask their parents for Scratch. Is there a handout, brochure, pamphlet, something that I can give each student as the leave my classroom that they can carry home to mom and dad that gives them the information they need to do this? Help?
Member
Hi Rose,

Are you looking for some basic information about Hour of Code or about Scratch? (Or something else?)

K
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