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  • At Waihi East Primary School we have started running a Google Computer Science First (Google CS First) after school club twice a week beginning in early May 2015. Google have set up themes to help promote the teaching of programming (using Scratch) to students aged 9-14 years, for our clubs start we are using the storytelling theme this will take most of term two in our after school sessions to complete. There are many different themes to choose from, so content is in abundance. Here is a summary of the storytelling themes content - do you have a story to tell? The Google CS First Storytelling club is your chance to bring your stories to life on the computer and share them with others. Develop characters and dialogue, build intriguing plots, and use computer-generated effects to add excitement, mystery, and interactivity to your stories. In this club, you'll combine classic elements of storytelling, like characterization, premise, dialogue and setting with computer programming. Your audience won't just read these stories – they'll experience them.

    I have been rapt with the students motivation and response to the lessons, Google provide excellent resources such as the students own printable booklet for a theme. When lessons/activities are completed badges are glued into the booklet to show tasks completed, my pupils enjoy this and are working through the activities. Please see below a video that shows samples of my after school classes first steps with the Scratch programming tool, these students are aged 8-11 years.

     

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