(702) Programming with Online Data and Maps in Scratch

A session at Mozilla Festival 2012

Sunday 11th November, 2012

12:30pm to 1:30pm (GMT)

The next generation of Scratch, Scratch 2.0 (https://vimeo.com/41683547) is going to be hosted online, as a Cloud based application. With this shift, we are adding a number of features to Scratch that allows it to "plug in" to the web, enabling young programmers using Scratch to collect and store data online, explore coding with online maps, etc. In this session, we are going to focus specifically on these web-connection features of Scratch 2.0, exploring how young programmers can use these features to create interactive mini web-apps in a wide range of genres (eg: interactive stories, games, surveys, etc.). The specific features we are going to focus on are:

  • Cloud Data Structures: Cloud Data Structures are extensions of variables and lists in Scratch 2.0, where data in Cloud Data Structures are stored online. With Cloud Data Structures, young programmers using Scratch can create projects that collect and store data online, such as surveys, games with high-score lists, etc.
  • Maps: Scratch 2.0 has experimental support for Google Maps, allowing young programmers to create interactive Scratch projects which can query and display Google maps. Example projects with maps in Scratch 2.0 include virtual tours of neighborhoods, map based visualizations such as heatmaps, etc.

About the speakers

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Sayamindu Dasgupta

Graduate student at the @medialab. Free/Open Source Software enthusiast/developer. Member of @scratchteam. bio from Twitter

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MIT Media Lab

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  • Sayamindu Dasgupta
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Mozilla Festival 2012

England England, London

9th11th November 2012

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Time 12:30pm1:30pm GMT

Date Sun 11th November 2012


7. Floor, Ravensbourne

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