How I Use It
I have used Scratch for the past 7 years in my technology classes for both elementary and middle school students. I've also taught afterschool workshops using it.
I teach the basics of programming using Scratch, but after that it becomes a powerful general-purpose tool in their repertoire, allowing students to create animations, interactive stories, and serving as the backbone of creative technology, science, and engineering projects. As a project-based school, this is invaluable.
I would like to do more work with Scratch to see it integrated across the curriculum, especially with math instruction. Its X/Y coordinate system and logic concepts are a good match.
Scratch is a perfect tool to get students started with computational thinking. Scratch really achieves what MIT Media Lab was hoping for when they designed it to have "a low floor (easy to get started
with), a high ceiling (opportunities for increasingly complex projects over time), and wide walls (supporting many different types of
projects, so that people with different interests and learning styles can all become
With the new version of Scratch enabling student access through a browser and the new Studio tool, it makes it even easier for students to share their work and collaborate. The only real key piece missing, at this point, is the ability for teachers to set up a whole class, grade, or school with Scratch accounts (at this point, there are no tools to do this, but it's being planned for).