Hello, Scratcher friends in the world!!
I'm Yoshiro Miyata in Aichi, Japan. I am especially interested in how children from different cultures around the world can communicate with each other using Scratch!
Last year, together with fellow Scratchers in Japan, we organized three Scratch Day events in different places in Japan, and by connecting these events in a variety of ways, including online streaming and collaborations, we and our participants of all ages enjoyed the process of creating socially sharable meaning together. Connecting local events online enabled us to have more global perspective and helped us to construct meaning that goes far beyond individual Scratch programs.
We are planning to further develop this collaboration toward Scratch Day 2010, and would like to invite everyone interested in connecting our Scratch Day events online to join!
This year, Aichi is hosting COP10, an international conference on "biological diversity", an important theme relevant to everyone living on earth (http://www.cop10.jp/aichi-nagoya/english/index.html). We would like to invite many children and adults in the world to share their views on biological diversity. Our plans are as follows.
- Everyone chooses a favorite living thing and express it with Scratch: it can be an animation of some interesting behavior of an animal/bird/insect/fish, etc., that one observes, or a story about one's experience with it, or simply a drawing, etc..
- Everyone uploads their Scratch projects and share online in a Scratch gallery.
- Everyone tries each other's projects, downloads/remixes what they like, and give comments and ask questions to each other.
- Some participants may decide to collaborate and put their projects together to make more interesting projects: for example, a project expressing a story about two or more living things interacting, or even a project to express a whole ecosystem, etc..
- Finally, we will try to put all the projects together to create an expression of the biological diversity on the whole earth, in the form of, for example, Scratch projects embedded within Google Map/Earth.
Participants do not have to do all the five steps: they can choose to join this process in flexible ways: you can do only step 1-3, or decide to go further into 4, or 5, or do just some of the steps.
If you are interested in joining, or have any questions/opinions, please comment below, or send me a message (see my profile), so that we can start planning more details.
Here is a starter gallery. Please feel free to share any projects you have made or found that are related to biological diversity. http://scratch.mit.edu/galleries/view/70984
Looking forward to connecting with many of you!!