Saturday, February 11, 2012

Day 11 -- Scratch

Are you looking for new, creative ways to engage your students in the classroom? Check out Scratch, a great place for students to create their own stories, animations, games, art, and much more while learning important mathematical and computational ideas.

Intro to Scratch from ScratchEd on Vimeo.

Developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is place where students ages 8-16 can create and share their projects with students all over the world. Although Scratch is geared to this age group, younger children can work on projects with parents or older siblings and college students use Scratch in some introductory computer science classes. As students create and share their projects, they are learning to think creatively, collaborate, reason, design, and discover new ways to share with the world.

ScratchEd is an online community where Scratch educators can share stories, exchange resources, ask questions, and find other Scratch educators. For teachers new to Scratch there are workshops, webinars, instructional videos, and more to get started on the programming pathway.

Take a look at the Projects page to see some great examples of students' work or watch this video which is a Getting Started Guide that shows you just how easy it is to get started with Scratch and create an engaging, creative, and interactive learning environment for your classroom.

The Challenge

So your challenge is to brainstorm the various and sundry ways Scratch can be made a part of your curriculum, regardless of the curriculum area. Can your students create an animation that demonstrates their knowledge of hibernation, the Civil War, photosynthesis, or the proper use of conjunctions? Get started now, and see how much fun (and learning) your students will have with Scratch.

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