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Scratch-Your BEST advice

Scratch programming has so many layers and areas of application.  The program continues to improve with last year's roll out of teacher accounts to manage students and organize projects.  Scratch 3.0 is currently in beta and will go live in January!  Tutorials, menus, etc. are refreshed with a new look.

Time for feedback....What is your best advice for integrating Scratch in the classroom.

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Submitted by neil plotnick on Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:43

The Scratch ecosystem has thousands of programs that can be used in every content area. I will search for programs that I can use with my math, English, History and other classes. Most often, you can use them as designed. This is a great way to quickly get students using CS in the classroom. Of course you can remix files to make them better suited for your particular needs.

Take some time to curate the programs that you will be using. Make sure that they are appropriate to the grade and skill levels of your students.

If you are more focused on programming, see where you can leverage assignments from other content areas into your CS class. I've had several students who wrote programs in my CS course that would be used in their science and math classes. This is also a great way for the teacher to foster stronger connections to staff in other disciplines. 

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Submitted by Linda Sweeting on Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:45

I am really liking the new look for Scratch 3.0.  The ability to create a teacher account to manage students and their projects is HUGE!  

I love having students use Scratch to do storytelling!  It's fabulous to see so many variations from the same prompt!  Because students have control of the characters and storyline, they are so much more engaged! 

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Submitted by Nancy McGowan on Mon, 01/07/2019 - 21:13

Thanks for the responses Neil, Linda, and Nicole! The resources are great! Scratch is SO multi-faceted. 

Are there other Elementary community members who have used Scratch and/or have resources?  Please post.