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Get Scratchy With Narrative Coding

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Participate and share : Poster

Kimber Johnston  
Discover ways to create high-interest integrated units combining coding and storytelling. Learn how to build a unit in which students adapt a piece of writing for visual presentation, and use Scratch to code an animation that blends music and art with writing and content knowledge.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Technology integration is a common topic/theme in professional learning for educators, yet educators are still challenged to develop lessons for meaningful integration. Using Scratch, a free and device-agnostic coding app, as an extension of the writing process, accomplishes meaningful integration. Using animation for narrative storytelling as a summative project appeals to students with different learning needs, as they delve deeply into the elements of literature by making the setting, characters, and plot visible, and supporting story development with music and sound. Participants will look at the progression of a narrative coding project, beginning with the use of a graphic organizer to assist students with writing, storyboards, beginning in Scratch with building sprites and backdrops, curating sounds/music, and coding the action. Participants will leave with an understanding of the flow of a narrative coding project, and ideas for implementation with their own students.

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Kimber Johnston, Concept Schools

Kimber serves as the weCreate Director at Shattuck St Mary's School in Forest City Malaysia, and has a strong background in American education, including serving as the Director of Technology a K-8 school specializing in students with learning differences. She has her MEd in Learning Design and Leadership and is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer. She loves working with students and educators to integrate technology into teaching and learning, and believes technology can be life-changing for students as it allows them to both access knowledge and share their ideas.

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