Tuesday, July 5, 2011

June 24th Teaching

Since last post we covered all the basics of Scratch.  We covered objects hitting the walls, objects hitting other objects, objects moving on their own and controlling objects using keyboard and mouse control.  We went over variables both local and global as well as display of variables and scoring.  We covered how to make objects change their costume to make them look more realistic when moving or doing something instead of staying a static image.

We worked on broadcast commands and receive commands to the objects could interact with one another better but the kids are not understanding these commands very well.  Also the duplicate would save the kids a lot of time if only they would take the time to learn it.

This software is proving to be very limiting in what it can do and how it can be used.  This is putting a damper on how the kids like it.  A lot of them want to have things jump and use gravity but this is very complex with this software.  There are a few more things like that that the kids want but the software cannot deliver.

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