Teacher Review For Scratch

Great intro to programming for kids from K-8

Kris E.
District Technology and Blended Learning Coach
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Scratch with 2nd-8th graders. With the younger kids, I taught them more specifically how Scratch works and led them through a couple of creations before letting them go on their own. With 7th-8th graders, I had them go through tutorials (if they had not used Scratch before) and then check out projects others had created I then had them come up with project ideas/proposals and then let them create away! They helped each other, learned from each other, and challenged each other to create amazing games and stories.
My Take
I love Scratch as a teaching tool. Students can learn math, programming, basically helps with STEM. Students can get very creative, or, if they have trouble coming up with ideas can try to re-create something someone else already created. I haven't found a student yet who hasn't been excited about using Scratch!