Teacher Review For Scratch

Great free program for coding beginners

Tim M.
Media specialist/librarian
Falmouth, MA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
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
Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use this program to teach the basics of coding at the elementary level. I start off with a run-down of what the program can do and show them a couple examples of what they can create. I then go through a demonstration of how to create a pong game. It's a little different than Khan Academy in the way that one codes (a little more child friendly).
My Take
It's a great starting point for elementary learners to start coding. It excites the students and they want to continue at home. there are some tutorials and how the program works, but I also stress for them to learn from other places (e.g. YouTube). i agree that it does make it a little too easy for upper graders who a learning to really code. I would probably start with the Computer Science course for any grade 6 and up.