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Scratch

Screenshots from Scratch application (MIT Labs)
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by Christopher Dawson
View this gallery of screenshots from Scratch application (MIT Labs).
Students drag and drop bits of code into a scripting area; they can modify certain parameters of many of the functions.
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These functions all control script execution (loops, if-then statements, etc.)

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Students can choose from countless built-in sprites or they can make their own.

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If you've ever used paint, this will look very familiar.

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Students were asked to have their sprite move up and down the stairs.

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Students could get very sophisticated or take a simpler approach, depending on their level of interest and aptitude.

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Some students just couldn't resist making it a video game

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