My first coding activity for the Creative Computing Online Workshop was to follow the Step by Step Intro tutorial on the scratch website and then build upon it to make a simple dancing sprite. The drumbeats of the sample program suggested a marching band to me, so I changed the cat sprite to a marching band graphic found on OpenClipart.org and I decided to have a parade to mark the opening of the workshop. Enjoy.
What was surprising about the activity? I have done some programming in Scratch so thought I was beyond the introductory tutorial, but just getting used to the new web interface took some time.
How did it feel to be led step-by-step through the activity? I felt a little constrained, and just wanted to PLAY!
As a learner (with Scratch and beyond), when do you like having more structure? When I am seeking out direct instructions on how to do a specific subtask or operation I would like a concise answer.
When do you like having more freedom? When I am trying to solve a problem. (ie-How do I get this band to stop?).
When do you feel most creative? When I have enough knowledge and skill to attempt a task with some chance of success, but only enough knowledge and skill to be dangerous…