Teacher Review For Scratch

visual coding and programming for kids aged 8 and up

Anthony C.
Technology coordinator
Bayview Glen
Toronto, ON
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have been teaching programming in my Grade Four and Five Technology classes with other tools but instantly liked the user-friendly Scratch interface. It seemed perfect for beginners but also included more advanced programming ideas like loops and broadcasting. What made Scratch even more interesting to me was the vibrant database of projects shared by authors, ready to be “re-mixed” and “re-imagined” around the globe. I felt that students of any ability could explore Scratch projects, acknowledge their source and remix them. I strategized that their experiences in class would be an excellent “jumping off” point for future programming and tinkering. (This has proved to be true but not surprising with this generation of 21st century learners and tinkers!)
My Take
The website is a perfect tool for teaching coding and programming with elementary students. It is perfect for student centered approached and flip teaching as students are keen to learn and create their own projects. Here is a link to my blog review. http://ict4kids.ca/2013/03/28/why-flipteaching-complements-scratch-programming/ My Slidedeck on computational thinking - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fFht4r6W_GL6mR6MznKhTvTxUuM7xk1HJq-Kzmkn9Z4/edit My symbaloo on coding applications and websites - http://edu.symbaloo.com/mix/k-8programmingresources