What is Scratch?
Scratch was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. I first learn of it shortly before the first Scratch Conference in 2008. It is a visual programming environment that is so easy to learn, a 5 years old can easily learn to use it! You can use it to create your own interactive stories, music videos, animations, games, music and art.
Why should your child play with Scratch?
Whether you like it or not, today's children live part of their lives online and on computing devices.
- Why should your child be a passive consumer of electronic media if she can be an active creator?
- Why should your child play video game when she can create her own video games?
- Do not think of this as learning to program, but rather developing computational thinking, a skill that is required for the 21st century.
This is the home page of the Park Street School Scratch Club I started. You can find some sample projects there. The site loads slowly because of the Java embedding of Scratch Projects...
Scratch@MIT Conference 2012 Talk
I was one of the speakers at the Ignite talks at this year's conference. It was great fun. The title of my talk is "Ten things I learned from creating a Scratch After school club. The presentation slides are here although they do not completely stand on their own.
CSEd Week Interview
My ScratchEd's CSEd Week 2011 interview talks about the background of my Scratch Club. The video shows some of the cool projects made by my students!
One of the first Educator Meetup
I attended one of the first Educator meetup at the MediaLab way back in December 2010 and gave an impromptu show and tell of some of my student's projects.
Scratch Sites and Resources
- My user ID on the Scratch website is pkshiu. Most of my projects are on my Scratch club's generic teacher account so there is not much to see here...
- MIT's own Chris Garrity started a Scratch Club at the Clarke Middle School, this is the Mentor Mom interview.
- The NanoBoard AG is an alternate interface board that is compatible with the PicoBoard, but cheaper and comes with a Motor output as well. Once I assembled mine I will write a more detail review.