One of the big ideas from Literacy with ICT Across the Curriculum is Produce to Show Understanding. You might be wondering of different ways that students can demonstrate their understanding and what tools other than the standards available such as PowerPoint they can use. Well, MIT has created a new computer programming language that is EXTREMELY simple and yet powerful. If you are like me, programming is a world that is completely foreign and bewildering. Scratch makes programming as simple as snapping Lego pieces together to create an object. In fact, the programming commands resemble Lego pieces and students as young as 8 will be able to create animations and simple games in a matter of minutes.
It is a free download from http://scratch.mit.edu and students are able to share their work via a Scratch website that resembles YouTube. MIT is recommending the software for students from ages 8 to adult. Even if programming is not something you have ever considered doing with your students, download this software. You and your students will love it and Produce to Show Understanding is a big idea that will take on new meaning and purpose! Big Ideas such as Communicate, Social Implications, Collaboration and Motivation and Confidence are also well served by the use of this software
Let the programming begin!
RSS. What is that? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. What does that mean? It means that by using an RSS feed, you don’t have to visit your favourite blogs or websites to search for new content. The new content gets delivered to you via an RSS Aggregator? What is that? Here is a video that explains it all in plain english, via YouTube. Enjoy!