Teacher Review For Scratch

Open-ended and creative tool for students to explore programming and tell stories

Margaret A P.
Director of STEAM Innovation
The Agnes Irwin School
Rosemont, PA
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I have just started to use this with second grade students as a tool for them to explore computer programming and experiment with building stories and games on the computer.
My Take
Scratch is a great tool for students who are interested in being creators with technology. It allows students to learn some of the logic of programming and learn how to write programs and manipulate objects. Scratch also allows children to create animated stories and games, which can connect with their curriculum and provide another outlet for them to explore a topic or explain an idea. The program also provides a wonderful community where students can share work, get peer feedback, and learn to interact in a larger group of programmers and creators.