DICE - Developing Innovation and Creativity in Education

Funded by Erasmus Plus Program of the EC                       

KA2 Strategic Partnerships for adult learning

Development of innovation

Project registration N: 2017-1-ES01-KA201-038193

​Title: Scratch and Tynker


Date: 2 December 2019
Host: MBM Training&Development Center, Liverpool

Participants:  14 trainers, teachers and youth workers

​​Training aims:

- To introduce Tynker is a coding platform for kids that fuels creativity in schools and trainer centers and powers the imagination of learners, allowing them to progress at their own pace and seamlessly transition to text languages like JavaScript and Python.

- To invite teachers to consider using ​Tynker and Scratch in order to supplement classroom teaching.

- To ensure a wider promotion of both tools among youth workers, adult training providers and teachers in formal education institutions.


Results:


- Both Scratch and Tynker were considered by participants to be applicable and useful in their training activities.

- Some participants stated that they want to get further training on Scratch and Tynker as they are interested to learn how to run robotic cars and make animated creative presentations.

- Scratch was conisdered as a tool, applicable in schools and youth work as it works as a simple block-based visual programming language and it is targeted primarily at children

​- Participants were happy to find out that when participating in the Scratch online community, members can explore and experiment in an open learning community with other Scratch members from all backgrounds, ages, and interests they can share their work, get feedback, and learn from each other.

 

​​​About:

Tynker is an online platform that easily and successfully teaches students how to code through the activities they already love: games and stories. Students learn the fundamentals of programming and design through Tynker's intuitive visual programming language without the frustrations of traditional syntax. Tynker's goal is to provide every child with a solid foundation in STEM thinking abilities to prepare them for 21st century degrees and careers.​Tynker provides a rich set of resources to answer student questions, such as videos, guides, tutorials, and the very helpful Tynker Troll that provides contextual help for students. 


Scratch is  a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.​ Scratch is designed especially for young people ages 8 to 16, but people of all ages create and share with Scratch. Younger children may want to try ScratchJr, a simplified version of Scratch designed for ages 5 to 7.​ 

Useful links:

​- Multilingual materials about the Scratch and Tynker in Bulgarian, Danish, English, Portuguese and Spanish - http://www.diceproject.eu/modules/scratch-and-tynker.


- Tynker for schools - https://www.tynker.com/school/


​- Step by Step Guide on Scratch - https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tutorial=getStarted


- Tynker review for teachers: https://www.commonsense.org/education/website/tynker