What is Scratch?
Scratch is a computer programming language aimed at children in primary school. The Scratch program itself is free to download from the main website: www.scatch.mit.edu and it is available for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu. Once registered, one can easily upload their projects to this website or view and download projects completed by others. The Scratch logo is:
Scratch is visual in nature, therefore suits children of varying levels of ability. It has been known to improve children’s motivation and engagement in their learning. Scratch allows children to create interactive games, stories, animations, music and art, subsequently developing their skills of problem-solving, creativity, self-assessment, critical thinking and reasoning. Children’s mathematical skills are developed in a practical manner, e.g. exploring X-Y co-ordinates on a grid. It could be used to develop Irish vocabulary as a fun approach through the Irish language plugin which can be downloaded using the following link: https://sites.google.com/a/pdst.ie/curriculumand-ict-primary/home/ict-and-teachingapproaches/scratch
I’m using the 1.4 version of Scratch and here is a sample of a game I created in my first week of using the program: