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Rhythm Composing Project
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Computer Science and Scratch for Elementary Students
Scratch is a free, block-based programming environment created by MIT to produce media and teach programming concepts. Using drag-and-drop techniques to join together block icons representing code, students create games, stories, and simulations in which programmable objects called "sprites" move and interact. Scratch's graphic block-based environment provides an excellent platform for introducing computer science concepts such as objects, methods, and conditional statements.
Students at elementary should have a basic introduction to computer science through a visual programming language such as Scratch. Learning computer science teaches students logical and higher order thinking skills. A visual programming language encourages kinesthetic thought in a system where students can examine and edit their creations as they change over time. Computer science activities also provide an opportunity for project-based and integrated learning in accordance with the Georgia Performance Standards. Finally, students with an understanding of the structure and flow of computer programs develop a deeper fluency with software and hardware. This fluency enables students to express their creativity and share their creations with others.
Scratch is available as a free download from www.scratch.mit.edu. Scratch works on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Email Mr. Michaud for instructions on how to install Scratch on Linux.
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