Week 12 – Educational Maker Project Proposal: An Instruction Unit

For the past several weeks we have been working on an instructional unit proposal that is due this week. I have been working with motion of an object projects because they are interesting and it fits with the content many of my students are working with in their Science classes. After looking at some of my peer’s projects over the past several weeks I’ve been … Continue reading Week 12 – Educational Maker Project Proposal: An Instruction Unit

Week 11: VoiceThread Tutorial – for the Makey Makey Rate – Time Calculator

So this week challenged us to explain to someone else how to create for themselves a project we designed by creating a tutorial presentation using VoiceThread. I have Camtasia on my home computer and a subscription to VoiceThread on my school computer so I have used presentation software in the past. I like VoiceThread as an alternative to Camtasia because it is not device specific … Continue reading Week 11: VoiceThread Tutorial – for the Makey Makey Rate – Time Calculator

Week 10 – Visualize Acceleration using a Makey Makey & Scratch

Reflections So… for this assignment I am building on the diverse methods of using the Makey Makey. The Makey has the ability to engage my students because of its none traditional interface to a computer. The project is a demonstration of how acceleration appears when it is graphed or shown graphically. Students are often asked to approximate this using stop watches  and recording the times … Continue reading Week 10 – Visualize Acceleration using a Makey Makey & Scratch

Week 9 – Use a Makey Makey to compute rate with distance and time

This project is the first part of the final project that I will be proposing. As such, I will be testing the usability with my students. When appropriate I’ll include a video of the students suing working within the lesson. Settling on a subject direction has been a struggle as the Makey has opened up a really useful tool. The lesson below is the direction … Continue reading Week 9 – Use a Makey Makey to compute rate with distance and time

The Marriage of Makey Makey and Scratch

The Scratch Pseudo-Recorder Since I got my Makey in from Amazon I have wanted to tinker with it… the time has come! For this project I am using an inexpensive musical recorder as the input device for the Makey and Scratch as the sound generator. Before going into the construction and program details this is first of all a learning tool. While initially I had … Continue reading The Marriage of Makey Makey and Scratch

Week 7 – Repetition: A Deeper Exploration of Loops

This week I worked with the problems assigned rather than blindly chugging along as we have in weeks past as I did last week. I chose Try It Out  7-8 and 7-10. Try It Out 7-8 starts with a shooter game that has a police car shooting at parrots flying across the stage. You accumulate points if you hit the red and blue birds and you … Continue reading Week 7 – Repetition: A Deeper Exploration of Loops

Week 4 – Working with Procedures in Scratch

This week’s assignment deals with procedures. Once a procedure is defined and coded it is placed in a custom block to allow a call of that procedure by inserting a block with that name into your other code. This reduces clutter in the main body of the program. It is also useful in teaching the used of called routines or functions in languages like C+, … Continue reading Week 4 – Working with Procedures in Scratch

First Post!!! Concentric Circles in Scratch

  The assignment this week is to select two problems from chapters 2 and 3. For my first problem I chose one that looked challenging – Problem 8 in chapter 2, to duplicate a specific output that is shown in the book is shown in the first image. The second image is the modified code output. For this I arranged the rainbow colors outside in … Continue reading First Post!!! Concentric Circles in Scratch