How I Use It
I would connect Scratch/Scratch Jr. to the units of study being taught in class. I am the technology/Computer Science teacher and I like to create performance tasks/projects connected to each grade's current unit of study. I use Scratch to create lessons that enrich each student's learning experience with a social studies or science connection.
Scratch enables the user to bring coding to the forefront across disciplines in an engaging, rigorous, and creative way. Scratch is a great way to tell a story for children in grades K-5. K-2 should tackle Scratch Jr. and 3-5 Scratch. It is a simple resource that enables the user to create their own animations and games. If the user is a creative teacher, they can use it very effectively to enhance comprehension, vocabulary and expression. There is nothing more important than empowering the next generation to design, create, and express themselves with new media technologies. That's the idea behind Scratch. Kids around the world are using Scratch to program their own interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations with Scratch - and sharing their creations with one another online. In the process, kids learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.'