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Saturday, 19 May 2007

scratch and play...

Having seen it mentioned on the BBC News Technology feed (that I receive on my iPAQ with good old pRSSReader), I finally got round to downloading Scratch today, to show the children what they can do with this interactive multimedia toolkit thing.

I really am impressed with it, and Christopher has taken to the way the software works extremely quickly. The brilliant thing about it, beside the rewarding spectacle of getting little sprites to do entertaining things, is it cannot fail to improve skills such as logical progression and Cartesian co-ordinates (to name but two).

There's not really much to catch up on over the past few days... Chris and I have had our hair cut, I've had some busy days at work, and this evening I worked on editing down the recordings for the next podcast. Beth's making a good recovery, with lots of colourful bruises to show for her trouble...

I'm taking the children to Sussex tomorrow (praying for some clement weather, although I'm sure it'll be fairly warm, even if it's not that dry) as a train-based adventure, and for a catch-up with the Bexhill contingent.

Something I stumbled across today was the macam - the open-source Mac OS X USB Webcam project.. when I get the chance, I might investigate that further.

More, I'm sure, when it occurs to me... it's quite late now (and you can tell I'm not making much sense!), so I ought to head to bed!

Posted by james at May 19, 2007 1:12 AM

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