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Chat times for Summer 2024
6:00-7:30p ET/3:00-4:30a PT

Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

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Parent Guide

Parent's Guide to the SCRATCH Course

How help your student survive an online science course


Many common concerns are also addressed on the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for this course, so be sure to read it also!

Scholars Online courses are a cooperative effort between the teachers, the students, and their parents. Like the proverbial three-legged stool, if one leg is broken or missing, the stool will topple over. You are a necessary and important part of this course, and your student will need your guidance to apply the study skills and self-discipline needed to survive the class.

SCRATCH Website Organization

There are four websites for this course; however, most pages in the three Scholars Online sites will be organized by links in the Moodle to course homework pages, and links from the homework assignment pages to all other website pages required for a given assignment.

Expectations of Student Performance

Students are expected to complete assignments and projects prior to each chat session, and to come prepared to discuss material. This is not a lecture course. Students will be working hands-on each session to complete activities on the MIT SCRATCH site as the teacher demonstrates use of the program. Because of this activity requirement, it is recommended that students use a full keyboard laptop or desktop computer for each session.

Students frequently underestimate the amount of time required to complete project assignments, partly because they have fun playing with the different features of SCRATCH. Please make sure that you student has several time slots a week to complete the workbook exercises and the programming projects. These cannot be done during chat!