Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch

Presenter: Chris Betcher
Location: Sydney, Australia
Link to presenter’s K12Online Ning Profile page

Presentation Title: Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch

Presentation Description: Scratch is a simple yet powerful programming language for children that is very easy to use yet contains many of the important programming constructs found in more “grown up” languages.
This presentation looks at some of the key ideas behind programming in Scratch, explores some possible tasks that students could be given to encourage problem solving and higher level thinking, and finishes with a snapshot of a student view into how Scratch is making a difference to learning.

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Blog: www.chrisbetcher.com
Twitter: @betchaboy
Skype: betchaboy

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18 Responses to “Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch”

  1. […] this year’s K12 Online Conference I did a presentation about Scratch, called Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch.  It’s trying to squeeze a lot of stuff into a small space, since the presentations are […]

  2. IN the post-publication comments on my blog, it was suggested that a great resource for Scratch would be to come up with a list of graded challenges that kids could work on using Scratch.

    I’m imagining a wiki-like resource which could act as a clearinghouse for good scratch tasks, ideas and challenges that could be given to kids to allow them to flex their Scratch muscles. They could be graded into beginner, easy, medium, hard and “for the experts” and teachers could use the collection as a place to find idea for what their kids could try to do with Scratch.

    What do you think?

    We are looking for others who might like to contribute to the collection. If you’d like to add your ideas drop over to the wiki at http://chrisbetcher.com/scratch and register your interest… I’ll arrange a time to share ideas together, or whatever else we need to do to make it happen.

  3. […] It was so exciting to learn about Scratch together with my students today, and see how clever many of them had already been "peeking" at the code / scripts of other Scratch projects to learn how people created different effects! The student who made "Hide and Seek" created her short project using the basic Scratch blocks we went over in class using the "Scratch Getting Started Guide" (PDF) along with the show and hide blocks and the "go to" block. This last one is REALLY important, since it permits creators to move sprites to specific x and y coordinates on the Scratch "stage." Chris Betcher discusses the importance of this block and the connections which can be made to coordinate geometry in his K-12 Online Conference 2010 presentation, "Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch." […]

  4. Kent Chesnut says:

    Chris mentions using Scratch on an iPod and iPad near the end of his talk. Anyone know what the name of the app is? I’m not having much luck finding it in iTunes.

  5. @Kent.

    Sorry to mislead you there… I found out after this presentation was published that the Scratch app was actually pulled from the Apple App Store. I had downloaded to my devices previously, which is why I mentioned it, but apparently it is no longer available.


    If it makes you feel any better, you couldn’t actually create Scratch programs using the iOS Scratch app, you could only browse and play files from the Scratch website.


  6. Kent Chesnut says:


    Thanks for the feedback. I had heard that there was a iphone app that was later pulled… but was hoping you had found something new.
    Great presentation! Keep up the great work.

    Have a great day,

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