Teacher Review For Scratch

User friendly cause and effect programming

Mike R.
Technology coordinator
Pocahontas Middle School
Richmond, VA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I run a weekly online technology training for my students and, occasionally, have students present applications that they enjoy using and give examples of ways they can be used. Scratch has been the most popular program for student to present on because there is so much that can be learned using it and so many different ways it can be used.. We have used this in our Physical Science classes as students explored physics. They used the application to illustrate some of the physical laws. This app has allowed students to explore their own created "if this, then that" scenarios. We have also used the app in English classes as the illustrate scenes from works they have read. Many other classes have allowed this app as a presentation tool as the students present information from topics they have research for their class. This app is an easy way for students to begin learning how to program, through a simple layout design.
My Take
Scratch is a free website/download where students can create interactive games and animations. It is surprisingly easy to "program" using Scratch. All parts that can be added to the program are drag and drop (actions, sprites, sounds). Students are able to upload their own images to use in their animated project. Students are able to experience cause and effect situations through using this application, and it definitely focuses on their critical thinking and problem solving skills.