Scratch & ScratchJr

Overview

Grade levels: All Grades

Scratch 3.0 and ScratchJr are coding platforms based on Blockly and specifically designed for young learners. Scratch is recommended for grades 3 and above while ScratchJr offers a simplified interface for non-readers and grades 2 and below.

Access: Both programs are available for Chromebook installation through the BCPS Google Play Store. Scratch is also available for Windows installation through Intune and online at http://scratch.mit.edu. Students must not create Scratch accounts.

ISTE Standards for Students

    • Innovative Designer. 4d - Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

    • Computational Thinker. 5 - Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.

    • Creative Communicator. 6c - Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Ideas for Use

Scratch or ScratchJr can be used by students or teachers to create:

  • Quiz

  • Flash Cards

  • Animation / Tutorial

  • Interactive Explanation

  • Event Reenactment

  • Interactive Biography

  • Simulation

  • Story