Scratch IDE also runs on Linux 64 bits …

It is not news that our dear friends from MIT media lab will be supporting all three mayor desktop operating systems to run their Scratch programming IDE (Integrated Development Environment). What is news is that its Linux version originally created only for Linux i386 (the 32 bits version) can also run on Linux 64 bits version too, well, at least on my freshly installed 10.4 LTS version, Yeah !!!

So the trick was published by the scratch team on their “Scratch on Linux” web page but here it is a short version;

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Mastering multiplication facts with “Scratch” the cat …

Scratch programming allows “remixing” applications which basically means create a new scratch program from an existing one in a very simple way. This time my Son is mastering multiplication in preparation for his upcoming 3rd grade state evaluation exams. Learning math facts requires responding accurately to equations with cadence, the most consistence cadence is the better.

This is the description of our scratch remixed program where we change it from applying addition/subtraction match facts to multiplication mat facts. It took my nine year old and myself just 15 minutes to make the necesary changes and publish it on line.

New project is posted here: http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/vasoco/1011004

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Math Facts with “SCRATCH” the Cat

Taking this opportunity to write about something more personal and at the same time technical to share with everyone else. This month “Communications of the ACM” magazine I regularly receive, brought a little gift for me and my eight year old son. The front page article “Scratch: Programming for all” showcase a little one manipulating a bunch of “lego” like bricks which looked more like a set of computer programming pieces of code. Yes, indeed those were pieces of SCRATCH programming language a project launched in 2007 by the MIT media lab folks. After reading the article my usual curiosity took me to download the SCRATCH SDK that currently runs over Mac/Win OSes only,YES I actually spent several hours this weekend hacking on a WinXP virtual box with my son and I have no regrets so far.

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