[etoys-dev] Connect Etoys and Scratch

Steve Thomas sthomas1 at gosargon.com
Tue May 17 23:01:11 EDT 2011


Thank you for creating this, it would be great for inclusion in the next
version of Etoys.

One idea is to have each laptop as its own game controller, with the Scratch
project as the "Game Board/Display" (Tried with two versions of Etoys
connected to one Scratch sending messages and it worked fine).

Another idea: kids could enter their answers/comments from their desks,
optionally the teacher could see the answers and then display them all at
once. Could be used for team games etc.  This addresses the problem of the
teacher only being able to hear one answer at a time and when one kid
answers, the others don't have to think or simply copy and the teacher is
not aware of what is going on with all the kids.

Besides being really fun and motivating, it really makes messages much more
visible and tangible.  Kids using Scratch (in my experience, which is
limited) usually don't use Broadcast/Receive.

Question, how does "receive messages" work? ie: how do I send messages from
Scratch to Etoys? Can I also pass variables? Is it a broadcast message (ie:
send to all connected Etoys or can I address individual Etoys?

Would be real nice if we had a way to do this Etoys to Etoys (perhaps there
is and I don't know it).


On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM, Steve Thomas <sthomas1 at gosargon.com> wrote:

> To quote my 9 yr old son: "Wow, Do you know what this means? Etoys is very
> hard to use, but at the end of a project its awesome, Scratch is very easy
> to use , but its not very good at the end.  Now, you can combine them!"
> On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de>wrote:
>> Cool new project by Koji Yokokawa:
>>        http://www.squeaksource.com/ScratchConnect.html
>> - Bert -
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