Scratch It On: Creating a Progressive Story in Scratch

Make computing meaningful with collaboration, storytelling, and social issue themes-- Scratch It On
Tyson Spraul

This poster describes a project where students from two American elementary classes, in different parts of the country, collaborated on Earth Day-themed progressive stories using Scratch. A group of students from the first class began the stories, then “passed it on” to the second class by sharing them on the Scratch website. Students from the second class then analyzed the story and code that had been written and continued the story by adding the next act. The developing story was passed back back and forth until completed. Throughout the project, the two classes were also involved in blogging and Skyping as a means to connect. The poster includes a discussion of how meaningful social contexts can help computing appeal to a wider variety of learners.