Teacher Review For Scratch

Great intro to programming for a niche-student group

Craig L.
Technology coordinator
San Diego County Office Of Education
San Diego, CA
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 4
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use Scratch when I want to introduce the principles of coding with students. I like using Scratch for students to design a maze. I found this activity on the Scratch tutorials. I don't teach Scratch step-by-step. I like students to learn from the tutorials themselves to learn to read instructions and to prepare them for self-exploration with technology.
My Take
I really enjoy this free tool, however, it's not for all students. Scratch is very detail oriented, and can become complicated with advanced programming. In my experience, Scratch is for a niche-group of students that are ok with self-directed learning and for students that aren't afraid to fail. When I used Scratch with a general middle school and high school class, some students became frustrated and gave up.