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Session Descriptions: Day 2 PM Block: Beatty

  • Session presenters, offerings, locations, and/or schedule are subject to change
  • In some cases, target audiences have been identified, but all sessions are open to everyone

Creative Computing with Scratch
August 9, 1:00-2:30pm
Kristen Beatty, Advisor & Creative Computing with Scratch Facilitator, The Met High School and Copernicus STEAM Lab


  • Technology/Computer Science, 3-10
  • Audience cap: 25
  • Participants are required to bring a laptop for this session--no tablets or iPads
This session will include an informative beginning in which the presenter will introduce Scratch and its benefits to the participants. Towards the end of the session, the participants will be given time to experiment with Scratch, with guidance from the presenter. Scratch is not only entertaining for students but enables them to represent their ideas in a creative way. It's a digital tool that can be used in any subject matter, encouraging collaboration amongst teachers of all content areas.

Kristen Beatty is a teacher at the Met High School in Newport and a supporter of Creative Computing with Scratch. A history teacher by trade, Kristen made it a priority to identify digital tools that would give her students a creative way to express themselves. She was introduced to Scratch through a professional development workshop and found Scratch to not only be a creative outlet for her students to demonstrate their learning, but an engaging introduction to coding and computer science as well. She has been using it with her students since and currently hosts Scratch professional development sessions to Rhode Island 3-9 educators.

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