Teacher Review for Scratch

A great way to teach introductory programming concepts in a fun environment

Missy D.
Technology coordinator
Villa Maria Academy Lower School
Immaculata, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
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
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I teach a programming class to all 7th and 8th grade students at my school. We take a semester to explore the various concepts in Scratch and create animations and games.
My Take
This is a great tool to get kids programming. The drag and drop block structure makes it easy to create animations and games very quickly. The one thing I find lacking is a management tool. To collect assignments, I had to create studios and manually add their user accounts, which they had to create.