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Scratch is a programming language for young people to create diverse computational media such as video games, animated stories, or interactive art.
Prekindergarten - Higher Education
  • Mr. Ong's avatar

    Hi everyone. I'm trying to introduce Scratch to Primary 4 (Grade 4) classes in my school. It's meant to focus on mathematics. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do?

    I was thinking of game creation to help reinforce mathematical concepts.

  • Mr. Brusetti's avatar

    Hi everyone: does anybody know how to have a sprite join the movement of another sprite upon touching it?

  • Mrs. Constantino's avatar

    Has anyone used Scratch for teaching integers to 5th graders?

  • Mrs. Stavrinou 's avatar

    Any ideas for lesson plan using scratch for 12 years old students?

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    • Mr. Fritz
      Mr. Fritz said Jan 16, 2016

      Use the built in tutorials. When you click on Create to start a program just click on the ? on the right and there are a bunch of step by step tutorials.

    • Mrs. Stavrinou
      Mrs. Stavrinou said Jan 20, 2016

      Thanks a lot

    • Mr. Fotiou
      Mr. Fotiou said Feb 26, 2016

      First of all create short programs with interaction between sprites. Then let the kids come with their ideas or take a game that is being created already and try with your class to make it from scratch using scratch !

  • Rosa Jennings's avatar

    Hi. Has anyone use the MIT App Inventor? Is it similar to Scratch?
    Thank you!

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    • Derek Breen
      Derek Breen said Jan 19, 2016

      You should also explore Touch Develop from Microsoft--it's free and cross-platform.

    • Rosa Jennings
      Rosa Jennings said Jan 20, 2016

      Yes. I saw the presentation during the FETC conference. Thanks.

    • Mr. Fotiou
      Mr. Fotiou said Feb 26, 2016

      Rosa you should give a try on app inventor . We used it last year and we are going to use it this year as well on a cooperative project with k-12 students. The programming is easy and the kids love the mobile learning!

  • Mr. Brusetti's avatar

    I have a question: is it possible to use effectively Scratch on tablets? I have been trying different solutions for installing Flash Player on latest Android tablets but then the interface doesn't work correctly. Is there a way to use it or should I fall back onto laptop for my students?

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    • Mr. Brusetti
      Mr. Brusetti said Nov 30, 2015

      Tnx. It's a pity, but I supposed as much. Hope you can port scratch to html 5 soooooon πŸ˜€

    • Derek Breen
      Derek Breen said Jan 8, 2016

      A working prototype of HTML 5-native version of Scratch was demoed at a conference over the summer and should be available (at least in beta) in the coming months; this isn't official, just speculating based on the previous release cycle for Scratch 2.0 and Scratch Jr. If you must use tablets, Hopscotch also uses blocks-based programming and has matured quite a bit in the past year. Selfishly I hope you stick with Scratch (says the author of Scratch For Dummies!).

    • Mr. Brusetti
      Mr. Brusetti said Jan 9, 2016

      Tnx a lot for the suggestions. For the moment I am sticking with scratch, hoping a html5 version will be out soon πŸ˜€

  • INFORMATICA - Gaby Szp's avatar

    Hello !, I'm Gabriela, work as a teacher of Computer Science since 1992 in Argentina, CABA and I share a link to the blog of the school where I'm from 2014, when we work with 3ΒΊA using Scratch as first time. We hope you see and go through the whole blog, leaving us comments on the entries to it. Thanks, Gabriela Szpigiel FPD esc11de12

  • Mrs. Calitz's avatar

    We as a school are taking part in Africa Code week from 1-10 October. Looking forward to it!

  • Mrs. Pratt's avatar

    Hi all,

    I'm not sure if this is the best place for this post; my 4/5 class have recently participated in The Travelling Rhinos global project and have created some Scratch games to help promote awareness about the plight of rhinos. I attach the studio link in case other students/classes would like to check this out.
    Thank you!

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    • Mrs. Pratt
      Mrs. Pratt said Sep 17, 2015

      Thank you Derek! That sounds awesome, but we're only a tiny school 10kms out of Mt Gambier in South Australia. Do your workshops cost money? πŸ˜€ Emmanuelle

    • Mrs. Anastasio
      Mrs. Anastasio said Sep 20, 2015

      This is very exciting! What a great way to incorporate the subject with Scratch. I'd love to share your studio with my after school class of students and some other teachers if that is ok?

    • Mrs. Pratt
      Mrs. Pratt said Sep 20, 2015

      Absolutely fine! My kids would love it if you could leave a comment!

  • Derek Breen's avatar

    I've created a new 15-minute introduction to Scratch game development freely available via Vimeo and YouTube. Please note it has been released under a Creative Commons license which allows unrestricted use. For more in-depth Scratch game design projects please check out my book Scratch For Kids For Dummies.

    • Rosa Jennings
      Rosa Jennings said Sep 17, 2015

      Great video!! I will try this program and let the students create their own. Do you have to install Scratch on each computer or can it be run online?

    • Derek Breen
      Derek Breen said Sep 17, 2015

      Students can use Scratch in the web browser (Chrome works best) but they will need a user account to save work. The offline version allows use without the need for an account as students can save projects locally.

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