Teacher Review For Scratch

Most Children Love the Challenge and Creativity

DonaldsonTech
Technology coordinator
Donaldson Elementary School
Oakdale, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I had this installed in the computer lab at my K-5 building. Students in 1-5 have all used Scratch. Students can learn through self-exploration, but only to a point. Then direct instruction needed to occur and then further exploration after that. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials online to get students started. You can also print out the beginning of a script as a scaffold for students. The students absolutely loved it and it really does make you think like a programmer.
My Take
Requires a mixture of direct instruction and exploration.