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Scratch - Teach Computer Programming in Schools


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

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Scratch - Teach Computer Programming in Schools Course
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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 83 reviews
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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  • 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
  • Natalia Cristina Mariscal
    Natalia Cristina Mariscal United States of America Great! Thank you! 2015-02-26 20:02:45
  • Darren Thomas
    Darren Thomas United Kingdom Good introduction to Scratch 2015-02-10 20:02:13
  • Cole Collings
    Cole Collings United States of America I think this course was for a slightly different version than the one currently available at scratch.mit.edu. as of January 29, 2015. 2015-01-29 22:01:40
  • Tim Benson
    Tim Benson United States of America Great beginners course. 2015-01-14 05:01:10
  • Olivia Flynn
    Olivia Flynn United Kingdom I thoroughly enjoyed this course as it was so simple yet educational. But if I had any criticisms it would only be that there was not enough ways information was taught, for example you read most of everything you had to know but i did find the videos included very helpful. 2014-10-19 17:10:27
  • Olagunju Abiodun
    Olagunju Abiodun Nigeria This is the type of skill I had been searching for because I like any visual interactive learning aids for teaching kids. 2014-10-05 05:10:32
  • John Winder
    John Winder United Kingdom It would have been a lot easier if a prerequisite was that Scratch be installed on your computer first. Simple Step By Step introduction with clear examples. 2014-09-30 16:09:39
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