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Scratch - Teach Computer Programming in Schools Course


Scratch - Teach Computer Programming in Schools
Scratch - Teach Computer Programming in Schools

Develop a good understanding of programming and learn how to solve programming problems


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Course Description

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 free online 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.

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

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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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 98 votes
Course Title: Scratch - Teach Computer Programming in Schools
Course #: 360
Course Publisher: MIT Media Lab
Course Category: 85
Content Origin:
Course Description: 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 free online 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.
License: This course is available from MIT Media Lab through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 24 July 2013
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner): 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio: Low
Audio Only: None
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level: Lower High/ Secondary School
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Mike Mc Kendall
    Mike Mc Kendall United States of America It is a very nice course, but it would be better with more interactive/practice segments on the second half. I could't download the scratch program through the course resources button, there was an error. Thank you very much. 2016-03-07 20:03:50
  • Lesley Bristol
    Lesley Bristol United Kingdom Very informative with step by step instructions on how to use scratch. 2015-12-29 16:12:56
  • Santa Kukard
    Santa Kukard South Africa The course helped me to know what I had to do to write a computer programme for a school project without any problems. Thank you 2015-09-21 14:09:55
  • Johnny Mills
    Johnny Mills United States of America Scratch is a really great starting program for learning programming. The lesson is a bit dated, as the new scratch has some of the features and blocks formatted different, but it was still very easy to understand and follow along. 2015-09-18 07:09:51
  • Elaine Crawford
    Elaine Crawford United Kingdom Excellent course that is easy to follow, good systematic instructions that also allows you the opportunity to practice and try different ideas. 2015-09-11 14:09:10
  • Cindy Good
    Cindy Good Honduras Special thanks to Alison Courses for this course, it is the best initial computer knowledge for teaching schools that I have ever obtain, the information is very rich and aboundant. I encourage all friends visitors to give this one a try... Its amazing!!! 2015-08-19 20:08:35
  • Georgina Kramer
    Georgina Kramer Papua New Guinea For a fact, I did the assessment after almost a month, and I passed? I thought I was lost after the delay..but I pulled through. The course was short and clear and the assessment also..Well done, I enjoyed this SCRATCH course. 2015-08-07 04:08:56
  • Jerry Jones
    Jerry Jones United States of America A good resource for training people of all ages who have little to no programming experience. 2015-03-14 09:03:00
  • Jessica Michael
    Jessica Michael Egypt Very detailed and a great help to new learners! 2015-03-08 11:03:11
  • James Osler
    James Osler United States of America Great course!!! 2015-03-01 17:03:25
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