Teacher Review For Scratch

Makes programming seem like building with Legos.

Todd B.
Classroom teacher
Lancaster Mennonite School
Lancaster, PA
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science
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My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use Scratch as a beginning computer programming class .
My Take
Scratch is a basic programming language that should be excellent for visual learners and for tactile learners (since it is almost like assembling something with blocks). I have had students who thoroughly enjoyed it for storytelling. The greatest challenge lies in differentiation. I have used Scratch as a once-weekly computer programming class for the last 3 or 4 years, and my experience has been that about half of the students start in easily and quickly grasp the basic concepts. The other half enjoy drawing pictures but require one-on-one attention a significant part of the time in order to accomplish any programming. Strengths: Scratch promotes problem solving and creativity for those students who develop a facility with the program. Weaknesses: Scratch can be difficult to learn for students that have a difficult time decoding directions.