Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share!
Scratch is an exciting up and coming website, targetting those aged 8-16 with a keen interest in all things Creative!
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. When participating in the Scratch online community, members can explore and experiment in an open learning community with other Scratch members from all backgrounds, ages, and interests. Members can share their work, get feedback, and learn from each other.
Computer Science Researcher, Mitchel Resnick, believes that "The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas".
Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
There are many tutorials and step-by-step guides available on Scratch that make this type of creative learning easy and accessible for children. Scratch also allows you to create projects without an internet connection, making this inclusive to all home learning situations. You can download the Scratch app from the Scratch website or the app store on your device which makes learning on the go easy!