SCRATCH : Kids Creating “CooL” !!!

Past winter I had the chance to attend a seminar about “Scratch”. (https://scratch.mit.edu/) I had never heard about it and I didn’t know how it works and how it could help teachers and children with their education. As far as myself is concerned, I believe that Scratch can be a strong educational tool if teachers know how to use it and create interesting stories.

Specifically, with Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16, but is used by people of all ages. Millions of people are creating Scratch projects in a wide variety of settings, including homes, schools, museums, libraries, and community centers.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. https://scratch.mit.edu/

During the seminar, I had the chance to create some little stories in very simple way.  https://scratch.mit.edu/users/evangelf/  My stories are not very complex, but I think that I will make better stories in the future. Eventually, I am sure that I will use Scratch in my classroom and encourage my students to explore “Scratch World” and make their stories come true!!!

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