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Reflections on Scratch Educator Meetup @ MIT: Saturday, June 2, 2012

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ScratchEd Team

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the final Scratch Educator Meetup of the 2011-2012 school year!

Here is a recap and some reflections from the event:

Below is a list of the attendees who attended the meetup on Saturday:

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  • Spectrogram - After quick introductions, Michelle led a networking activity to help everyone get to know one another better.
  • Breakout Sessions - Participants brainstormed breakout session ideas in groups and then decided on the agenda for the rest of the afternoon. Two blocks of breakout sessions occured. In the first block, Colin led a discussion around how to encourage depth in programming while Sandra and Sean led a group discussion on the community aspect of Scratch as a learning tool. During the second block, Razia facilitated a session around sharing curriculum ideas and Ingrid led a group in talking about supporting young Scratchers. 
  • Photos - View pictures taken during the meetup on Flickr.

Show & Tell

  • State Capitals Project - Colin demonstrated the design challenge that his breakout group developed, using lists and variables to create a US state capitals guessing game.
  • New Bedford Video - Larry shared a video about the 21st Century afterschool enrichment program that he and John have initiated in New Bedford, MA.
  • National STEM Video Game Challenge - Ingrid presented a video game project created by one of her middle school students that recently won the National STEM Video Game Challenge.
  • Creative Classroom Norms and EdCamp - Janet shared a list of "Norms of the Creative Classroom" that she found from a fellow Scratch educator's Twitter account and introduced EdCamp resources.
  • Scratch 2.0: Michelle presented the Scratch 2.0 preview video which overviews some of the new features being released with Scratch 2.0 later this year.

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