How I Use It
I have used it in a communication technology class for middle school students. It was a great way to learn about coding while also enhancing some content area skills including math. Students were allowed to create their own projects after going through a series of tutorials. The tutorials were essential at building the coding skills. Students were allowed to go at their own pace. Allowing the classroom to become individualized, yet collaborative was powerful and worked well for the middle school students.
Scratch is a wonderful tool that focuses on coding while being applicable in all of the curricular areas. It promotes the 4 C's while also allowing educators to focus on specific content of which they are responsible for. Best of all it can be used with any platform online. Students will not only enjoy but will also learn. I especially liked the student engagement along with the collaborative spirit it brought to the classroom. It will serve students by allowing them to make their own creations while having a chance to display them to their peers, either in the classroom or online, using proper guidance by the teacher.