Learn Code

I have started attending an elective class, with grade 7-9s, called  Design.Code.Play

It runs from September through til the end of January (first semester). Thus far I have attended three classes. We are learning / using SCRATCH. I am off to a slow start. It will get better. I am amazed at the speed with which the other students are learning this. A good few of them are not starters and the teacher, my colleague, wants them to help the others. So I am glad about that. And she encourages me to ask them for help. And I will.

And here is my first project, please see below.  btw: I needed the teacher, my colleague, to help me understand the embeding.  Ok, that spelling is embeDDing. New word for me. Double the consonant d. This I am comfortable with – English grammar and spelling.

So about the embedding: I needed to copy the project’s embed code while in Scratch, but once on my blog, I needed to click on html (leaving visual). Then paste in the embed code. Now I know. I had first tried several times on my own and it failed, so I asked for help.

Today’s design code play class is about designing (own) and playing (another’s) game.
So my design is below. The oval is an input command. The arrows join. The diamond holds a question. The rectangles have steps. So that is a start.
The game I played (a student showed me how) is on Scratch. Pong on Scratch (this particular one by Jack Fletcher). So it is basically ping pong. And I’d be better, I think, with a mouse other than my tablet mouse. I have successfully embedded it below, using html. Looks like anyone can play it here (?) Try clicking on the green flag.


btw: Another student, via Scratch, showed me a bit about Minecraft (videos that kids have added in  Scratch, I understood).  I had told him that I see the topic of Minecraft a lot on Twitter – educators convinced that Minecraft is a great platform for schools to use.  Minecraft Education

I explained to the above student that I would like to find out about games that allow student to learn about sustainable cities. He said SimCity is an appropriate game.  SimCity

I am paying Twitter attention to marketing of games that have some connection to cities and also to sustainable development. I have never actually played a video game, but I am keen to follow the market re. the above-mentioned topics. For example: ECO_new game


September 19

I have attended about ten elective classes for : Design.Code.Play 2016-2017 Semester 1

I am now significantly less ignorant about coding. However, I will bring this classroom attendance to a close, now, with my first game design document. I am the project developer. It is about linking SS content and ESL leraning.

A-L FLYNN, EAP SS7 teacher’s  Game  /  App Design Document: Game Design document

Again, back to the original title of this blog: Interdisciplinary Education….It would be so great if we had an easy way to have (video and board) games produced for our content classes, integrating, obviously, language skills. Surely, there is a way for these connections to happen, simply, with the right coders…..who are working with teachers, who are working with students…. I hope I can communicate with prof Scott Nicolson Prof Scott Nicolson who leads Laurier’s programme: U. of Laurier’s Games Design Development Programme



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