Tag: Scratch

  • Discover Google CS First and Scratch – fun for all ages!

    Discover Google CS First and Scratch – fun for all ages!

    I am a Senior Corps RSVP volunteer keeping my brain sharp by serving as a Guru for the Jackson-Via Computer Club – Charlottesville’s first Google CS First after-school club.  Scratch is really a fun new language to learn — and the kids are always happy to help me.  Thanks, Google and Scratch! Learn more from this EdSurge […]

  • We are again enjoying Scratch coding at Jackson-Via

    We are again enjoying Scratch coding at Jackson-Via

    Our first spring 2015 after-school Computer Club meeting on Monday was a huge success.  We have some new enthusiasts joining a number of “old” members so we have a good environment for sharing and collaboration.  We are very happy to have this opportunity for joint inquiry, experimentation, and play! An interesting article from Harvard Magazine: The […]

  • Never too late to learn – Looking forward to Scratch Programing course from #edX

    After teaching an introductory course in computer programming with Java a few years ago, I am expecting that using Scratch will allow the concepts of computer coding to shine through without the annoyance of typing in the code in a text editor.  I think this edX course will be so much fun – and maybe I will […]

  • Why Women Stopped Coding | Seems odd to me, but probably true!

    Why Women Stopped Coding | Seems odd to me, but probably true!

    I was very interested in the NPR article quoted below because it answers a question I have long pondered: Why aren’t there  more female programmers? During my 10 years as an IT professional, I never played computer games for very long. Why? Because there were so many things that I could learn about and build, so playing games […]

  • More about the Jackson-Via Computer Club

    The Jackson-Via Computer Club meets in the Scratch Lab in the Jackson-Via Library after school on Monday afternoons.  Club Sponsor:  Bonnie Yoder, Jackson-Via SPED Teacher    ~ with help from Nancy Lambert & Ruth Kastenmayer Our thanks to JV Librarian Jennifer Dixon for giving us such a comfortable home in the Library, and to JV ITRT James Daly for his patience, enthusiasm, and […]

  • Scratch is AWESOME! Jackson-Via Computer Club is off to a running start.

    Scratch is AWESOME!  Jackson-Via Computer Club is off to a running start.

    We had  such a fun and enthusiastic first meeting of our after-school JV Computer Club yesterday! In this meeting we began by reviewing the Scratch community guidelines, and then our eleven members chose their Scratch names: jvtoucan, jvkingrex, jvcool-j, jvpackers, jvsoccer, jvlighteningstrike, jvbre, jvstar, jvbaseball, jvmonkey, and jvkittie. We explored the Scratch interface. We learned how to put […]