Scratch is free software from MIT which allows learners of any age to create interactive games, tell stories, make animations, and more. Scratch ROCKS. In addition to these resources, be sure to check out the Oklahoma Scratch Camp website. Current subpages include Scratch Challenges. In Spring 2014 our STEM students started learning coding FIRST using the Code.org tutorials.
Many different resources are available to help learners of all ages use Scratch. Here are some of the best.
Getting Started with Scratch from Lifelong Kindergarten on Vimeo.
This tutorial explains how we start with the new "Step-by-Step Tutorial" on the Scratch website.
Watch this video (also embedded above) for step-by-step instructions! Here's a finished example!
Explore these sample maze projects! (look at their scripts - what's different?)
Lots of great Scratch Video tutorials are available directly from the Scratch HELP page, but they are on Vimeo so make sure that site is not blocked at your school / in your location if you plan to use them.
Scratch is a free software program from MIT which students can use to learn math concepts, tell stories, create games, and more. Karen Brennan (a member of the Scratch Team at MIT) describes Scratch as:
...a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, games, animations, music, and art.
Scratch is made by folks in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT! The roots of Scratch go back to Turtle Logo. A variety of alternatives to Scratch are available. Download Scratch for your own computer, view projects in the Scratch gallery, and get help on:
Learn more about the Scratch programming language and its background on the English WikiPedia.
Video Overview (38 seconds on Vimeo)
Welcome to Scratch Day 2010 (3:47 on Vimeo)
Scratch Tutorial Videos (official website)
Scratch Cards (printable skill cards)
Scratch Reference Guide (PDF)
Shall We Learn Scratch? (177 eBook on Scribd - can download as a PDF)
Lego WeDo Integration
Other Scratch Resources
ScratchED Community (for educators using and teaching with Scratch)
Teaching Kids to think using Scratch (a K12Online10 video presentation by Chris Betcher)
Scratch Lesson Plan for Grade 8 Algebra (Liz B Davis)
This resource page was initially adapted from the March 2013 version of the Oklahoma Scratch Camp resources page, which was adapted from Wesley Fryer's Scratch Resources for his Spring 2011 "Technology for Teachers" course offered through the University of Central Oklahoma.
Header image collage photo sources (all licensed Creative Commons - BY by Wesley Fryer)