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Scratch Programming for Teens (For Teens (Course Technology)) [Paperback]

Jerry Ford , Jr.
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25 July 2008 For Teens (Course Technology)
Welcome to Scratch Programming for Teens! Scratch is a programming language intended to make programming easier to learn for novice programmers. It can be used to create computer games, interactive stories, graphic artwork and computer animation, and all sorts of other multimedia projects. Scratch can also be used to play digital music and sound effects. If you aspire to one day become a professional programmer, Scratch provides everything you need to build a foundation. Scratch also packs all of the programming power and punch needed to satisfy the programming needs of most computer enthusiasts and hobbyists. Best of all, it's actually fun to use! Scratch Programming for Teens provides all the instruction that a first-time programmer needs to quickly get up and running with Scratch. Before you know it, you will be creating all kinds of projects that incorporate graphics, sound, and animation. As you learn how to program with Scratch, you will learn programming principles and techniques that you can later apply to other programming languages such as Microsoft Visual Basic and AppleScript. Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 18 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He is the author of 24 other books and co-author of two additional books. His published works include AppleScript Studio Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Programming for the Absolute Beginner, and DarkBASIC Programming for the Absolute Beginner. Jerry has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and he has over five years of experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology.

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  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar; 1 edition (25 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598635360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598635362
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction Part I Scratch Basics Chapter 1 Introducing Scratch Chapter 2 Getting Comfortable with the Scratch Development Environment Chapter 3 A Review of the Basic Components of Scratch Projects Chapter 4 Making the Kitty Dance - A Quick Scratch Project Part II Learning How to Write Scratch Programs Chapter 5 Moving Things Around Chapter 6 Sensing Sprite Position and Controlling Environmental Settings Chapter 7 Storing and Retrieving Data Chapter 8 Doing a Little Math Chapter 9 Conditional and Repetitive logic Chapter 10 Changing the Way Sprites Look and Behave Chapter 11 Spicing things Up with Sounds Chapter 12 Drawing Lines and Shapes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Scratch a good start 12 Feb 2012
By Nico
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This book does what it says - It teaches you the basics of Scratch programming.
The CD-ROM that comes with it includes all the programs and pictures that you need to carry out the exercises in the book.
I worked through the whole book in a few hours, manually doing all the practical exercises in Scratch itself.
(I was using an old G5 iMac, which confirms that Scratch is, indeed, a cross-platform program.)
It did work - at the end I knew how to program some fun stuff in Scratch.

My main criticisms are that it is too detailed and repetitious for students to use and yet does not provide enough programming theory for a teacher.
Had I been so inclined I could, no doubt, have got to the same level in Scratch by searching through the resources on the Scratch website.
As for a book for students, I would have liked to have seen some problems to solve, perhaps using a flow chart or two, to give more inspiration to students to build their own Scratch projects.
For these reasons I give the book 3 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoton for the Grand Kids 3 Nov 2012
By Phil L
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This book was bought to allow me to get a head start on my grandchildren, I've bought a Raspberry Pi in order for them to have the experiences with computer programming that I had with a ZX 81 many moons ago. Scratch is an ideal starting point with block based programming. I used the book initially prior to giving it to the kids, its always good to hear them ask' how do we do this Grandad?'. The book is easy to read, well structured and delivers the right level of detail at the right time.

My only concern is the price, its not as cheap as I'd hoped, as a Yorkshireman nothing is!

The buying process was standard Amazon, click product, email confirmation and parcel arrives three days later, it works normally and this was no different!
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5.0 out of 5 stars scratch programming 16 Jun 2012
By Deborah
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An excellent book with lots of examples and instructions. Great for helping teens understand the basics of scratch and to spur them on to produce projects of their own.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Shutter
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Having programmed I must say it's nice to see a helpful programmers guide. Even tempted me to play about on Scartch for a while!
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