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We'll be learning how to code by building games in Scratch. Everyday you'll receive one step-by-step guide with instructions on how to build one aspect of a game. At the end of the challenge, you'll have 6 completed games and your knowledge of Scratch will be immeasurably greater. The challenge is designed for beginner Scratchers, but we'll move fast and learn a lot!
The challenge is composed of 30 tasks. Each daily task should take about 15 minutes to complete. You'll not have to complete the task at a particular time of the day, and if you miss a few days, you'll be able to catch up and do the work a few days later. Many teachers find it easier to complete one game (4-6 daily tasks) at a time, and devote about an hour or two per weekend to this task.
The time you have to complete the challenge will be limited. The material will not be available indefinitely.
The Method of Teaching (Pedagogy)
All the tutorials were built using animated slideshows with no sound. This is a very unique method for teaching coding. It is a hands-on experience which promotes student engagement and self-motivation while producing real results. It is a solution designed for the 21st Century teacher who is constantly asked to teach new skills she herself has no experience with. To learn more about our Game Design Program, click here.
We'll use a Facebook group to socialize and connect with other teachers doing the challenge. You'll also be able to meet many of our alumni inside the group. Some of these amazing teachers have already started using the curriculum to teach their own students, and you'll be able to ask questions and learn from their experience.
At the end of the challenge, you'll receive a certificate of completion. Many of our teachers use this 8-hour training to satisfy PD requirements.