"You need to see this, Mrs. Harju!" "Come see what I just did." " I figured it out!" "See, it moves now!" These are some of the things heard as the 4th graders used Scratch to create Race games. Some of the many wonderful things about Scratch are the tutorials available. The list has grown from a couple to more than 10 and it keeps growing. The tutorials give students the step-by-step process to create a Maze game, Hide-n-Seek animation, Holiday Card, Virtual Pet, Dance animation, the Race Animation and more.
The beauty of the tutorials is they are easy to follow, give very detailed directions with visuals, and give students a starting point. Scratch has so many levels. It is accessible for the youngest coders and has enough to challenge the more advanced. The activities and tools allow for creativity so students can make the project they want. Projects can be shared with the Scratch community and my students love to explore and learn from the work of others.
I teach technology to grades Preschool through 8th grade in the mornings, and 2nd grade math, science and religion in the afternoon.I love to share the ways we utilize technology to enhance our learning.