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Georgia Southern’s College of Education to host Scratch Day event

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Scratch Day is a global network of events that educate and explore Scratch, a free coding platform and online community for kids. On Saturday, May 13, Georgia Southern University’s College of Education will host its first Scratch Day event.

From 9 a.m. to noon, educational professionals are invited to join instructional technology faculty members Chuck Hodges, Ph.D. and Mete Akcaoglu, Ph.D. in the College’s Innovation Studio (COE 3157) for a morning filled with hands-on learning activities centered around Scratch.

“This open-house style event for teachers will focus on sharing and learning about Scratch, a computer coding/programming environment developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and popular in schools around the world,” explained Hodges. “Teachers from all different content areas and grade levels have students using Scratch to create stories, games, and animations.”

The event is open to educational professionals to learn or share knowledge about Scratch and discover how it can enhance learning opportunities for students. Software and coding experience is not necessary, as Scratch provides an easy to learn platform that can be utilized for all ages.

“Attendees can expect to be fully engaged and doing hands-on work, not watching presentations,” said Hodges of the event.

Attendees are asked to bring their own wi-fi enabled device (such as laptop or Chromebook) for the event. The Innovation Studio also has some devices available for use as well. Lunch will provided following the event, but limited space is available. Attendees must register for a free ticket at http://goo.gl/niHMLq.

Scratch was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT and encourages creative thinking and reasoning for students to work individually or collaboratively in groups. Scratch is currently being utilized by students in elementary schools to colleges worldwide. For more information on Scratch, visit https://scratch.mit.edu/.

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