We've just begun a project to get groups of kids together from two different schools and we're using Scratch to make the connection. One group of students is from a magnet school in Hamden, CT. They recently met with a group of kids in North Haven, CT who attend a school for children with special needs. The magnet school kids will be learning how to program with Scratch in order to design games for the North Haven kids.
The first meeting of the two groups was an overwhelming success! The magnet school kids took a field trip to visit the classroom in North Haven. They had a chance to tour the building and we talked about the similarities and differences between the two schools. When they visited the classroom, both groups of students loved sharing ideas for games. The teachers circulated through the room to help the groups identify learning objectives as well.
I hope to post again soon and update the community on our progress, including some of the student projects. Tips or advice appreciated!