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Scratch is Simple: Using Scratch to Engage and Teach Animation, Story Telling, Programming and More

The Scratch programming language truly revolutionized how I teach computer programming. Scratch makes it easy for K-12 educators from any subject to teach coding. The brilliant minds at Massachusetts Institute of Technology created the Scratch programming language with learning and education in mind. Scratch can be used to teach programming concepts, story-telling, music, robotics and more. Here you will find a list of my favorite go to Scratch resources.
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Scratch is Simple: Using Scratch to Engage and Teach Animation, Story Telling, Programming and More
  • John Cork says:
    Why not learn how to use Scratch in your teaching practice with friends and colleagues? The Scratch Meetup Educator Guide will guide you through organizing your next productive meetup. The guide was developed by the Scratch Ed team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The robust 41-page guide is divided into 3 easy-to-follow sections (Definitions, Steps, and Resources) and includes detailed meeting instructions, effective teaching strategies and numerous resources for your meeting.
  • John Cork says:
    This four-part video resource located at TES is one of my favorites and your students will absolutely love it! This video will guide you, step-by-step, through a series of steps to create an interactive “shark-eat-fish” game. As students create the game your students will learn programming concepts like loops, operators, sequence and more. After students have completed their game many “extension activities” are available to modify the game and make it their own.
  • John Cork says:
    For teachers looking for a friendly and useful book to help bring Scratch to your classroom, I highly recommend “Scratch for Dummies”. This simple-to-understand book will guide with colorful illustrations provides you with the complete knowledge bank you need to teach Scratch. This book makes it easy to jump into creating animations, stories, and games with your students!
  • John Cork says:
    This free 154-page guide from Harvard is a must download resource for any teacher wanting to bring Scratch to their classroom. The guide was created for K-12 educators who are interested in bringing animations, games and stories to their students…best of all…the projects in this guide don’t require you to have programming experience. The team at Harvard designed the activities found in the guidebook to teach key computational thinking concepts and practices.
  • John Cork says:
    This website from MIT is where you’ll find Scratch! Get your students started with programming and give them the opportunity to create animations, interactive presentations, engaging games and more! Also, the website features a vibrant community with thousands of student projects that can be viewed and even re-engineered. The journey starts here…see how easy it is to teach with Scratch.