Teacher Review for Scratch

Engages students while teaching logic and coding.

Lynn B.
Media specialist/librarian
Kingsley Elementary, Waterloo, IA
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
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
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I usually teach a mini-lesson on a new skill, then the students take it away. They are illustrating words right now (5th grade), and the variety of their presentations is great. They have games, movies, and pictures. The students are learning to work collaboratively, and problem solve in a collaborative and constructive manner. That has transformed my classes. I have used it with 5th grade, but I think younger grades could do this also.
My Take
Scratch teaches students programming without them realizing it. It has a drag-and-drop interface that the students can use right away, but has a lot of depth so they can keep learning as long as they are interested. Great for differentiation in teaching.