Unit 12: Coding with Scratch

Unit 12: Coding with Scratch

When we build code it can be done:

  1. Using text, symbols and numbers (keyboard). This is called LINE or SYNTAX code.
  2. Using visual blocks which have the syntax pre-written into them. We drag and alter these blocks to build the algorithm sequences that we want. This is called BLOCK code.

Scratch is Block code. It is very easy to control and can do complex processes.

In this Unit we will get familiar with Scratch and then,

  • we will create an animated movie that will teach us something OR,
  • make a short quiz about a learning topic your teacher selects.

Scratch is free and available in different platforms.

Online editor (recommended). Simply create and account and start "scratching" with any device.

Offline editor. Download it to your computer.

iPad/Apple users. There is an App called Pyonkee which very similar to Scratch.

Watch the Scratch introductory videos (top right) to get an overview of of how Scratch works
Play the games in the Additional Resources ( see left)
As a class discuss some learning topics that you could focus on to make a Scratch animated story or quiz.

  1. Decide whether you want to make an animated story or a quiz.
  2. Watch the DigitalNinja videos (right) that teache you how to build the code for your choice.
  3. Prepare a storyboard that outlines your project.
  4. Download and print a Scratch storyboard template

As a class, share:

  • Each class member could show / share their finished Scratch project with the class using a display screen in the classroom.
  • Each student could focus on a code sequence that they are most proud of, and describe how the code solved a problem or process.

 

 

  1. Sourcing sprites from the Internet. When searching for images add .png after the keyword. Eg. tree.png. Most ,png files have transparent backgrounds (look for a soft grey checkered pattern in preview). These types of images will look great on any backdrop.
  2. Backdrops. If you can't find a backdrop in the Scratch library you can use (.jpg/.jpeg) images sourced from the internet. The ideal size needs to be 480 x 360 pixels. 
  3. Editing backdrops. Remember you can edit backdrops using Scratches inbuilt image editor

Digital words are a part of our everyday life. Play the Scratch Quiz, made using Scratch. 

 

  • Develop simple solutions as visual programs.
  • Use block code in Scratch 2.0 to create a topical story or quiz.
  • EXTENSION IDEAS (Content Description Documents)

    Current Digital Technologies: Curriculum mapping templates. Click here

    Digital Systems 

    VCDTDS019

    Data and Information

    VCDTDI020

    VCDTDI021

    VCDTDI022

    Digital Solutions

    VCDTCD023

    VCDTCD024

    VCDTCD025