Scratch - Teach Computer Programming in Schools
Teach children programming concepts and problem-solving skills using Scratch.
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Scratch is a graphical programming language developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. Scratch takes advantage of advances in computing power and interface design to make computer programming more engaging and accessible for children, teens, and others who are learning to program.
The Scratch software application is freely available and makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art, and share these creations on the Web. Scratch is used worldwide by teachers to teach the basics of computer programming and as young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
This course introduces you to Scratch and its advantages in an educational setting, reviews the features and functions of the Scratch interface, and how to program using the Scratch software application. This course will be of great interest to teachers and parents who want their children to become familiar with computer programming concepts.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to identify the features of the Scratch interface and the reasons these features are used in programming. You will learn important computational skills and concepts that will be of help when solving programming problems.You will be able to analyse systematically and collaborate effecively when designing a prototype for a project. It will help a student to develop a good level of fluence with digital technology by learning how to read and write the Scratch language.
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