A blog created by a computer science teacher. It seems to be updated very regularly!
A list of blogs maintained by high school computer science teachers. Should be worth following.
1. http://scratch.mit.edu/forums/viewforum.php?id=7 – A forum for educators using Scratch. Lots of good thoughts here.
2. http://scratch.mit.edu/videos – intro videos on the main Scratch site. All of them are good and not too long.
3. http://www.funlearning.de/ – Designing Animations and Games – A Creative Introduction to Programming ( translated from German )
4. http://scratch.mit.edu/cards – some simple on page exercises to get them started
5. http://scratch.mit.edu/files/program-concepts-v5.pdf Basic programming concepts and example code demonstrating them. 3 pages.
6. http://learnscratch.org/ – loads of terrific video tutorials showing concepts and projects
Some ideas for projects:
1. Animate your name
2. Make an object dance
Sample projects I noticed:
1. http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/sjhalasz/8560 – simulate gravity and a ball
2. http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/bigB/15121 – PacMan !
3. http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/EdnaC/48110 – Simple moon lander
4. http://scratch.mit.edu/galleries/browse/mostvisited – check out the galleries
Here are some resources for use when teaching Scratch.
Some sample programs written by Kevin and Abe Karplus
2. http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~malan/scratch/ – very good intro to Scratch by David Malan
Robots: From Science Fiction To Technological Revolution
Large book with lots photos. Looks very good!
PCMag has one of the first reviews of the new robotic dinosaur
A very impressive demo of a violin playing robot!
Nothing to do with computers but if you have a group of young people that you teach computers to, you might also want to have them work together on some volunteer activity.
Site creators believe that “young people have the power to make a
difference.” This site gives them tools to do so: ideas, message boards,
info on grants, a zipcode-searchable database of volunteer opportunities,
Conway’s game of life is always a fun thing to show kids learning about computer science.
Here is a nice, simple applet to play around with the Game of Life
Another good one:
If you really want to keep up with the world of GoL:
An epidemic simulator
Here’s a simple ant colony simulator:
Good Ant simulation in the original StarLogo. Good explanation: http://thepangburns.com/jesse/projects/ant_simulation.htm