Coding for Everyone in Review

Marc Grossman of the UK recently presented on Programming for Everyone in a recent Tech Talk Tuesday webinar. As part of this session, Marc shared some of the following tools and online software:-

  1. Code Crunch from Education City aimed at young children
  2. Scratch from MIT  aimed at children 8+ Scratch Jnr is about to be released
  3. Kodu from Microsoft Research is used to design games in a 3D world. Some great tutorials can be found on Nicky Cooper’s Game Creation in Kodu site and Queen of Kodu  youtube video tutorials
  4. TouchDevelop also from Microsoft Research is used to write programs that work on tablets, smart phones and web browsers.
  5. Code World Club and Code Club World Australia!

Marc stepped Peggy George of the USA through the first task or project in  Code Club World Australia demonstrating some of the basic essentials of coding in Scratch. This also proved an interesting challenge in accents and pronunciations especially the words “hall” and “caught”. Marc also shared the Computing at School website. Thanks Marc for another wonderful presentation.

Block computing in review: Scratch 2.0, MS Kodu, Makey Makey, MIT App Inventor and more

With great skill and technical ability, Marc Grossman shared applications and his web camera to share his experiences and knowledge in the use of many block computing tools:- Scratch 2.0 (which is now browser based), MS Kodu, Makey Makey, MIT App Inventor etc.  Marc compared old coding with the new method using blocks in Scratch and demonstrated many of Scratch 2.0’s new features – swipe features in video, new blocks, more sprites, variables that can be shared in the cloud, help! etc

Here is the link to the recording. Alternatively, you can view the movie format created by @shamblesguru (Thanks Chris)

The webcam showed a banana, makey makey (an invention kit) and Scratch code to demonstrate what could be done with makey makey. The makey makey creates a circuit, the banana conducts. A quick demo of making a simple game with MS Kodu was given (this may load in a flakey fashion in the recording as it has high resolution graphics.) MIT App Inventor seemed a user friendly app creator. Marc again effectively used his webcam to use his phone to read the resultant qr code and add his app to his phone. Thanks Marc for a fascinating session.

Marc shared the following links:-

@miclowne or Mic Lowne shared
@betchaboy or Chris Betcher shared
  • pico boards as an alternative to makey makey
  • tynker – like Scratch but it works on iPads
And more


Tech Talk Tuesday: Block Based Computer Programming: Scratch 2.0, Kodu and more

Block Computing

Block Computing

When: Tuesday May 28th, 2013, 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+10) See timeanddate for your day and timezone

About this session: Marc Grossman from London, United Kingdom will be our guest presenter. Scratch 2.0 has just been released and Marc will demonstrate this wonderful free tool which allows students to learn programming in a collaborative, user friendly way. Marc will also share MS Kodu and MIT App Inventor. MS Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games that may be played on the x-box.

Marc will also demonstrate

  •  MakeyMakey which has just arrived from the US for him.  It’s a control board that works very well with Scratch.
  • Mention will also be made of Code Club an after school club aimed at 9-11 year olds but older groups can do it as well. It’s UK based at present but they have plans to go global in the next few weeks.

There has been much media coverage of late in regard to students and a need for them to learn code. A great site – code–  has been set up to help educators and students.
Please click on this link to join the webinar. Please join us and share in the conversations.

Google Sketchup in Review


Marc clearly demonstrated the use of google sketchup with his easy presntation style. Here is what was covered:-

  1. A guide to the sketchup tools
  2. 2D and 3D
  3. Designing city scapes
  4. Designing a chair as an example of a component
  5. Designing an Anderson shelter
  6. Further resources.

Here is a link to the recording The image above and below are screen dumps of Marc’s design talents as he demonstrated the software and its potential in design.

marcs chairs and window