Teacher Review For Scratch

Simple drag and drop visual programming tool - critical thinking, yet FUN!!!

Gloria E.
Associate Professor
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Social Studies
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
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
Scratch has been included in my repertoire of technology integration tools that pre-service teachers consider when they begin working on lesson plans. They learn alot and see the potential of how different technologies can transform the classroom when use appropriately after content and/or concepts are taught. Additionally, I teach them how to use the tools and require them to practice with it sufficiently to appreciate its classroom potential. I always look forward to when the pre-service teachers do their field experiences and actually use many of these tools in the classroom. Inevitably, even the cooperating teachers are impressed. Scratch has high potential for keeping K-5, middle school, and even high school students engaged and motivated in learning foundational principles of programming. As a former math teacher, I really like it!
My Take
Was not expecting the simplicity! We've come a long way since Logo programming. Actually, Scratch is fun and critical thinking is taking place effortlessly - trial and effort gets you going. Adding motion and sound is just the beginning. Scripts are numerous and the "programmable" sprite (characters and objects) choices are sufficient to get students fully engaged in introductory programming, logically choices, and problem-solving without having to learn a programming language. Whether you've been intimated with programming or you're a programming guru, this tool will help any teacher give serious consideration to including the concept of programming within his/her classroom.