Teacher Review for Scratch

Great intro to programming for kids from K-8

Kris E.
District Technology and Blended Learning Coach
Show More
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
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!