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Title: Scratch-Ed: An online community for Scratch educators
Authors: Brennan, Karen
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Brennan, K. (2009). Scratch-Ed: An online community for Scratch educators. In Dimitracopoulou, A., O'Malley, C., Suthers, D., & Reimann, P. (Eds.), Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices: CSCL2009 Community Events Proceedings (pp. 76-78). Rhodes, Greece: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Scratch is a programming environment that enables users to easily construct a wide variety of interactive projects and share these creations with an online community. A main goal of Scratch is to enable young people to engage in construction-oriented acts of personal expression. From community narratives to role-playing games to mathematical simulations to consciousness-raising presentations, the potential for creative production with Scratch is boundless. However, for those who are primarily concerned with assisting others' Scratch learning, there is a disconnect between what individuals want to do and the resources that are presently available. In response, we have developed Scratch-Ed, an online environment for educators. Using the lens of situated learning, Scratch-Ed has been designed to enable users to organize a community of practice for Scratch around the processes of mutual engagement, joint enterprise, and shared repertoire by sharing stories, exchanging resources, facilitating discussions, and establishing relationships.
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