Curriculum Integration Ideas for Scratch

This section was created during a workshop at the Scratch@MIT conference, July 2008.


Imagine Scratch as a vehicle for asking questions, collecting data, or sharing ideas.

Big Picture

Use notes/comments to explain processes
Scratch as a new medium for kids to show what they know
Give kids the tool and get out of the way
Added value to using Scratch, more than forcing a curriculum porject
Assessment tool--but what is the more to it?
Create a need for them to know the basic, build needs for the kids to ensure that they want to learn it
Internalization, deep knowledge in order to apply to a project
come at the concept using a different perspectice, concept, way
Some kids need to play, model
Integrate with off computer activities, use computer to simulate the real world
Skills beyond solving the basic problem--team building, leadership, organization
Tech teachers don't need to spend lots of time introducing Scratch, kids can take it back to classrooms and use
Value to what programming in Scratch does in itself, logic and cognitive skills are building blocks to be used in other contexts
Kids become advocates for themselves, doing the work in Scratch as an option
Take the program farther, challenge ourselves to find new ways, not just reworking what we currently do
Use Scratch in the curriculum to help students think differently, understand better
Not all will be computer/science/eng, but all can see beauty of programming

Notes on Integrating Scratch
Brainstorm Group 1
Brainstorm Group 2
Brainstorm Group 3

Contacts from Mit@Scratch interested in Scratch Integration