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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 18 May 2011 NYLUG: Cameron L. Fadjo on the Scratch

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 18 May 2011 NYLUG: Cameron L. Fadjo on the Scratch Programing System
Date: 16 May 2011 00:27:57 -0400

  what="official NYLUG announcement"
  note="location is not IBM building at 57th and Madison, see below"
  license="The license for the Scratch Programming System is at
           As far as I can see, it is a BSD style license."
  personal="'define behavior of nodes, draw the connections' style
            should be standard. It is for
            electrical engineering and statistics, see
            [page was last modified on 15 May 2011 at 23:31]
  question="Will NYLUG really eat and drink at 51st Street,
            when the meeting is at 84th Street?"
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 From: NYLUG Announcements <>
 To: NYLUG Announcements <>
 Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 12:24:38 -0400 (EDT)
 Subject: [nylug-announce] UPDATED! NYLUG Presents: 5/18 @ 6:30PM Cameron L. 
Fadjo on Construct, Program, Design: An Introduction to Scratch From the 
Perspective of Computing and Cognition
 Reply-To: Announcements from NYLUG <>

 Wednesday, May 18, 2011
 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 P.S. 9 Sarah Anderson
 100 West 84th Street, New York, NY 10024
 West 84th Street and Columbus Avenue
 *** RSVP Closes at 4:30 PM the day of the meeting (sharp!) ***
 Please RSVP for EVERY meeting at this time.
 Register at

                               Cameron L. Fadjo
                                    - on -
                Construct, Program, Design: An Introduction to
            Scratch From the Perspective of Computing and Cognition

 Scratch is a programming environment that makes it easy to create
 interactive media, such as games, stories, and simulations -- and share
 those creations online.  With an extensive online community of over 730,000
 registered members and over 250,000 unique contributors to the vast online
 resource of projects to share and explore, Scratch, and its online
 community, is continuing to grow and thrive as programming and designing
 become more social. 

 Simultaneously, Scratch is also increasing the amount of exposure younger
 children have to programming.  How can this increased exposure to Scratch
 lead to improvements in learning of core computing concepts?

 This presentation will provide a general overview of Scratch; present some
 examples of Scratch projects; explore some of the core computing concepts;
 and discuss some of his findings from his research with the Institute for
 Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University on using
 Scratch to develop particular Computational Thinking Concept skills among
 young learners (elementary and middle school students).  He will also share
 some insights into his newest project related to developing reading and
 writing skills with computer code with Scratch, called Code Literacy. 

 More Information:

   * Scratch

   * Scratch on Linux (.debs, .rpms, and source code)

   * Scratch for Educators

   * Columbia's Institute for Learning Technologies

   * Cameron Fadjo\'s page with his publications

 About Cameron L.  Fadjo:

 Cameron L.  Fadjo is a PhD student in Cognitive Studies in
 Education and a Research Associate with the Institute for
 Learning Technologies, both at Teachers College, Columbia
 University.  He holds two master's degrees, one in Instructional
 Technology and Media and the other in Educational Psychology:
 Cognitive, Behavioral, and Developmental Analysis, from Teachers
 College, Columbia University and a B.M.  in Music Synthesis from
 Berklee College of Music.  He is currently the Project Leader of
 the iWorld (Imaginary World) project which examines the use of
 grounded embodied cognition and Imaginary World Construction to
 teach abstract mathematical and computational concepts and the
 DM-S3 (Direct Manipulation of Stories, Systems, and Symbols)
 project which examines how gestural interfaces can be used to
 improve understanding of novel terminology and complex systems.
 His research interests include action, perception, and imagery,
 in particular grounded embodied cognition, gestures and Imaginary
 Worlds, and their implementation through technology to improve
 learning, memory, and understanding of abstract concepts and/or
 complex systems.

 Meeting Location:
   Please note that this meeting will be held at P.S. 9 Sarah Anderson
   which is on West 84th Street and Columbus Avenue, and not at IBM.

 Swag (Give Away):
   During/after the meeting... unusually terrific swag may be given

   After the meeting ... You may wish to join up with other NYLUGgers
   for drinks and pub food.  This month we'll be over at House of Brews
   (302 West 51st St. - 8th Ave), but we are also evaluating other
   options for the future and welcome your suggestions.
   Directions from IBM:

 Coding Workshops/Hacking Society:
   This is a group of people that wants to learn about and work on coding
   in Python, Smalltalk, Ruby, C++, LaTeX, and other languages, and hack on 
   There will also be help given for those who wish to install Linux for the
   first time.
   Hardware hacking projects are also welcome.
   Sometimes they go out to eat afterward.

   Bring something to show off and discuss!

   The workshops meet every other Tuesday, at the NY Public Library,
   Hudson Park Branch.  66 Leroy St. NY NY from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
   Next meetings are May 10, and May 24.
   See the calendar at:

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