Teacher Review For Scratch

Scratch is an amazing tool to teach programming thinking.

Jim L.
Technology coordinator
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
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
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
My students have become programmers by learning Scratch. I have taught them how to use the basic tools within Scratch, and I gave them a structured assignment - to create a game that involves several requirements. They did great! The results varied widely, which is to be expected. Some students went very far, with several levels to the game and several lives. And some students just made the basic game.
My Take
This is a highly flexible teaching tool, especially to teach students programming thinking. The tutorials are a bit lacking. I wish there were more tutorial videos for kids to watch.