Self organized sessions

  • So you're attending Scratch Connecting Worlds ...
  • You may even be presenting something or give a workshop ...
  • Stiil, you think, something is missing ...
  • And you feel like you could fill the gap ...

You're lucky we reserved room for so called self organized sessions. They may be very specific, in an langusage different for  English, ...

You can announce it here.

Carina Girvan

In Second Life you can program using Linden Script. A chap from MIT wrote Scratch for Second Life (S4SL) and Carina Girvan did extensive research about its usage in the classroom. The software from Eric Rosenbaum lowers the floor for programming Second Life. Second Life itself has the nice feature that you work together and that your work stays there indepent of you being logged in. Carina had a good talk about this last april Slane Castle (#dojocon). Since then she succesfully defended her PhD on the subject, AND found the funding to present it once again in Barcelona.

About Children attending the conference

We will be happy with children visiting the conference but have to state that neither Citilab nor can take responsibilty. Accompanying parents or supervisors allways are responsible. Think about visiting a museum with kids, you stay with them or you make a clear agreement with them where it is uo to you what's regarded as clear. That being said: We think Citilab is a pretty, nice and safe environment and we will provide a Scarcther area where kids can tinker. They can even play outside on place next to the terrace of the bar.

Some people asked if we could provide baby sit service. We can't, but the people at Citilab think they may find somebody who can take care. Anyone from Barcelona area knowing about somebody who wants to run a kindergarten at Citilab?

We ask all attendees to only take pictures of children present with the explicit approval of the kids supervisor.

Victor Casado

Victor Casado (@victorct83), member of Citilabs Scratch Team, will give a workshop on Scarcth4Arduino. Check out his YouTube explanation below.

Don't worry, Victor is fluent in English

Jacob Weinbren

One of our younger presenters, Jacob will turn 14 July 27th is bets introduced by the proposal he made for a talk. You can learn more about him trhrough his blog or via twitter.

My name is Jacob Weinbren and I’m 13 years old. My presentation will explain how my friends and I set up and ran a Scratch Club for three years. It will outline the problems we had to overcome, and the benefits of running the club.
When I was 9, my three friends and I decided to start a Scratch club. We planned and ran weekly sessions covering a wide variety of subjects, exploring block functions and developing complex projects. 
We ran the club because we thought that Scratch would be very interesting to teach, and we wanted to challenge ourselves. Teachers played a role by supervising our activity and sometimes encouraging us. 
For each session, we first met to plan the lesson theme and to select the new block for the week.
Between 20 and 30 members attended each session. Some progressed faster than others, so we adapted our lessons to suit everyone. Each week, we used member feedback to help plan the next session. 
In 2010 we entered the UK national Y-Factor competition for innovative education with the video presented above and 

When we were aged 11 and in the final year of primary school, we trained children in the year below to take over the club. 
When we moved to secondary school, we decided to run a Scratch club there. Our IT teacher was supportive. However, we faced some problems. We had fewer members, as Scratch was part of the school curriculum. Finding a teacher who was willing to supervise us in the computer lab took months because teachers were too busy to support another club. 
The club had many benefits for its members, who had fun and learned to program. I was inspired to go on to run a YouTube Scratch channel (Mr Scratcher), and to learn to program in Java and HTML with Code Academy. 

Clive Beale

Friday July 26th connecting worlds of hardware and software. RaspberryPi was invented to give youngsters a computer to experiment with. It kind of took of in a zillion directions after its launch February 29th last year. But its roots are educational, the default software Raspbian ships with Scratch positioned prominently. And the first employee of the foundation is Clive Beale who is responsible for educational development. The following video starts with Clive introducing himself.

Shuchi Grover

Saturday July 27th we'll give special attention to computing and education. Shuchi Grover will be with us, she recently published on Edsurge: Learning to code isn't enough. The article is part of an interesting series on Edsurge: Teaching kids to code.

Pre conference activity

Frank Sabaté, a teacher from Barcelona, who will be presenting at the conference, offers a not to be missed pre conference activity. Especially for those who have only about 100 hours between inbound and outbound flight. It's an afternoon guided tour through downtown Barcelona. The touristical highlights probably get a miss, but we believe you won't be disappointed by Franks alternative. If you're interested let us know, if many of you like it we may have to look for an extra guide :-)

Six keynote speakers confirmed


Each day will start with a plenary session and we're extremely happy to tell you that for all three of them we have two keynote speakers confirmed.

Scratch connecting worlds

Thursday July 25th: Scratch

  • Karen Brennan, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Mitch Resnick, MIT Media Lab

Friday July 26th: Tinkering with hardware

  • Clive Beale, Raspberry Pi
  • David Cuartielles, Malmö Unvirsity, co-founder

Saturday July 27th: Education

  • James Whelton, Hello World Foundation, co-founder Coderdojo
  • Shuchi Grover, Stanford GSE


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