Stanford Summer Teaching Institute – Day 1 Part 2: PD characteristics


Keynote from Janet Carlson, Executive Director CSET re role of SSTI and CSET mission. What counts in professional development: can apply and implement has an immediate and long-term application practical and applicable. quality and based on research recent teacher practice … Continue reading

Stanford Summer Teaching Institute – Day 1 Part 1: Digital Literacy


Instructors: Pam Levine, Shawn Nak-Kyung (Shawn) Kim Goals for course framework for integrating ICT confidence in approaching ed tec case studies small number of new tools and practices See for all course outlines Quadrant exercise: Look at aspects of your classroom … Continue reading

ISTE 2015 – Creative Computing curriculum for Scratch

Creative Computing and Scratch

Dylan Ryder, The School at Columbia University



Free guide – a Harvard publication about an MIT product. 🙂

Creative computing is about

  • creativity
  • empowerment/agency
  • computing

Scratch launched in May 2007. 6 million projects.

Creative Computing provides Lesson Guides along with handouts to kids. The course is based on a constructionist approach. Core computing concepts are addressed explicitly.


  1. Cheating (!)
  2. Personalising /ownership
  3. Sharing, authentic audiences
  4. Reflectng

The guide is good for teachers, parents, librarians, after school facilitators, etc

What you need to implement:

  • computer with speakers
  • network
  • Projector/IWB
  • Design notebooks (free from project)


  • sequence
  • loops
  • parallelism
  • events
  • conditionals
  • operators
  • data

Low floor, high ceiling – easy to start, yet capable of quite significant programming tasks.

Computational practices

  • Experimenting and iterating
  • ?
  • ?

Computational perspectives

  • express
  • connect
  • questioning

Aligned to Common Core standards. Pretty straightforward to map most of this to the draft Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies.

Specific considerations for DoE Tasmania

The availability of free and educator-developer resources makes this a very compelling way to introduce Scratch, which itself is a programming environment well-suited to primary and junior high school.