Teacher Review for Scratch

Great free program for coding beginners

Tim M.
Media specialist/librarian
Mullen-Hall
Falmouth, MA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
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
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Great with Advanced learners
General
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.