How I Use It
Used to do a story retell in second grade ELA. Students wrote out their retells first, and then used Scratch to record and animate the different parts of the story, using the sprites and backgrounds that were appropriate for characters and settings. They absolutely loved it! When assessment/testing time came, they were able to use those skills learned in this lesson and did extremely well on their assessments.
I think Scratch is wonderful in its simplicity and ease of use. I felt a little overwhelmed at first, but it was such a blast learning to use this. And when the students were introduced, they immediately took to it as if they had been using it all along. I have two students with autism, and when they finished their projects, they were so proud because they had been able to do it themselves and in their own styles. No two projects were alike, and that was the beauty of it. Every student's voice was represented and heard.