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Thanks to a generous grant from Google, Northwest is pleased to announce the latest in their summer outreach efforts -- a workshop to introduce 3 new technologies -- Scratch, App Inventor and Scribbler Robots -- to K-12 teachers.
*Requires 8 hours of exo-workshop activities, a $75 fee will be required.
If this sounds appealing — and we hope it does! — you may sign up now to be put on a waiting list for an open seat.
Now, in response to popular demand, teachers may choose from among 3 great technologies!
A free computer program from MIT Media Labs designed for students ages 8 and up that lets them create stories, animation, games, music, and art. In our experience, when you bring Scratch into the classroom or into an after-school program, your biggest challenge will be getting students to leave!
Another free computer program from MIT -- uses an interface similar to Scratch for the purposes of creating programs for Android phones and tablets. Imagine, writing a program and getting it on to your Android device! You and your students can do it, and this workshop will show you how. [Bring your own phone/tablet if you prefer: otherwise, we will use App Inventor's handy emulator.]
Move real robots across the room via Jigsaw, a Scratch-like interface.
Try 1 of these great technologies with a group of eager K-12 students to see how easily you can integrate these applications into your current curriculum.
In 2010 we presented a Scratch workshop at Northwest Missouri State University. Based on feedback from that workshop, we offered two workshops in 2011, both of which were sponsored by Google. In 2012, we transformed the second workshop into a "summer camp", an opportunity for teachers to test-drive what they had learned with a select group of students -- and the results were very encouraging.
Judy Clark, Carol Spradling, Michael Rogers are faculty in the Mathematics, Computer Science & Information Systems department at Northwest. John Pais is a high school teacher teaching Computer Science at Ladue Horton Watkins, in St. Louis. All the presenters have worked with Scratch and its siblings for several years and all are passionate about helping teachers master new techniques and incorporate them in the classroom.