Schools work for 21st Century

Schools work for 21st Century

Schools work for 21st Century

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Working towards integration programs for a new generation, Elk Island Public Schools students had the chance to scratch their technological itch.

More than 300 students from across the division joined to program their own stories, games, and animations during the third annual Scratch Day on April 10 at Sherwood Park’s Bev Facey Community High School.

Scratch day allows students from Grade 4 to 9 to focus on activities and tasks designed to enhance their computer coding skills.

Scratch, a drag-and-drop software tool, introduces students to computational thinking and coding processes, and tasks them with redesigning games, creating animations, and coding digital stories.

“We’ve been hosting Scratch Day now for three years and the response has been amazing,” said David Hay, Scratch Day event coordinator. “It’s a fun day for students that also reinforces learning by focusing on creativity, visual learning, and ways to break down logical steps.”

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