Teacher Review For Scratch

Excellent introduction to programming concepts and computational thinking!

Susan B B.
Classroom teacher
Episcopal High School
Jacksonville, FL
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
How I Use It
I use Scratch with my 8th graders to introduce programming concepts. Scratch has a curriculum available that includes more than just "how to" projects. My students have created game projects and animated stories using Scratch.
My Take
Now that version 2.0 has been released, it will be my "go to" application for introducing programming to students of all ages. The new version is completely web based, but operated on Flash (so no iPad). It's drag and drop style of putting together a project makes it simple enough for elementary learners, but also not intimidating to the older students who don't want to seem "dumb" when it comes to computers.