Some thoughts before I lose them.
1) Friday was a mess. Don't ever have 120 students turn in projects on the same day.
2) Some of the SCRATCH pong projects were incredible. I handed out a rubric that clearly stated, "What 3 things have you added to your project which were not covered in class?" Many students read that, did nothing about it, then admitted to adding nothing. I'll never understanding not following a rubric.
3) Today, my 6th and 7th grade classes started a coin flip project. Step 1 - alternating sides. Step 2 - using "random" numbers to generate fair and unfair outcomes. Step 3 - tricking the viewer into seeing the flip of the coin. Students are beginning to ask, "How do I get it to stop on one of the flat sides." This is exactly what we cover tomorrow. I love when students know where we're going.
4) 8th grade is looking into CodeHS.com as a possible research to bridge SCRATCH and actual JAVA programming. Those daggum ( ) and ;'s