How I Use It
I guide students through the introductory tutorials in a digital learning class to introduce them to basic programming concepts and coding language mechanics. I let students use Scratch to illustrate their knowledge and understanding of topics we learn in class.
I love that Scratch has visual guides and tutorials to get ANYONE started, even if they have no previous experience. Color coded blocks by type is helpful, too. This guidance means it's quick for students to produce something animated and experience excitement that they were successful. It helps a teacher differentiate because it's easy enough for beginners, but there's enough options for more complexity (i.e. Making whole games) to keep more experienced students engaged for awhile.