Skitch, Skatch, Scratch!

What do I know about coding? ………yeah……..not much. I did take a computer programming class in grade 11, and made some sweet games like hangman and word search, but I honestly do not remember anything from it. That was so long ago! Since then I’ve maybe dabbled in little tid-bits of html coding when trying to play around with website building, but then too, I just followed some how-to videos. Really, I just don’t know much of anything about any type of coding.

Enter Scratch! We were briefly introduced to this cool site in our class this week, and were asked to give it a try!

I really enjoyed my Scratch experience! It was a little finicky at first, but once I figured out the process of what did what, and how to add and delete rows I was good to go! The drag and drop method of coding is really easy to use, and would be great for students to use.

There’s lots to play around with in just a simple animation, and I tried a few things, including changing the “costume” of the character (really it’s just the pose or direction the character is facing), changing the background, adding and editing sound effects, and including some user inputs. There are so many more options in the program that I’d like to try out sometime also!

Here’s my awesome video!

I also found several videos that guide you through how to make games using Scratch too. I also found this website that has lots of videos on it, and while it uses an older version and is a little difficult to hear I’m sure the videos are still helpful. If you simply type in “make a game on Scratch” into a YouTube search, there is a large list of videos to choose from of varying levels of difficulty. I found a really cool one that a young boy made to make a simple platform game. While he goes quite quickly, it’s pretty straight forward, and I think with some time I could figure out how it all worked.

There are so many ways that this program could be used in the classroom! You could have students make an animated narrative of a story, explain a project or presentation, or even a math concept! Making games could incorporate problem solving skills, team work, and idea flow. Students could also make games to explain or use a concept that you are working on.

Using this program students could also be working on improving their digital citizenship. They would be encouraged to make videos or games that would be helpful or entertaining to others while increasing their skills in the online world by learning a new “language”.

I found this blog post with some more ways to incorporate coding into the classroom!

What are some ways that you could see using Scratch or coding in the classroom?

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