The Tiles for Tales project explores links between the craft of story telling and technology. It shows how physical computing activities can be incorporated into collaborative activities, for example, used to support story telling activities by children.
A set of tiles are created, each tile represents a character or scene, and the tiles can then be used in similar way to story stones (or story dice) to narrate a tale, with each tile being programmed directly using microBlocks (www.microblocks.fun). (Earlier versions used the Tilenet software developed by James Johnston which gave the ability to control multiple tiles from the same Scratch script.)
This project gives a creative context to simple control activities like blinking LED's. Individuals or small groups can develop a tile, and working together a class can create a set of tiles.
These examples use pre wired led's with resistors and terminal connector blocks to make it easy to build circuits from the start, but circuits could be created in a wide range of ways.
This project has been presented as a poster at Scratch MIT 2016 Conference on August 3rd - 6th, Cambridge, USA; and as workshop at Scratch 2017 Conference, July 18th - 21st, Bordeaux, France; Scratch 2018 Conference, July 26th - 28th, Cambridge, USA; Scratch 2019 Conference, 23rd - 25th July, Cambridge, UK;
For more information please contact: m dot j dot low at warwick dot ac dot uk