Learning to code can help students expand their thinking, express their ideas, and build creative confidence. How can you help more students realize their potential to express themselves through coding?

Scratch offers a creative coding environment that students around the world are using to make projects based on their ideas and interests. The new version of Scratch, launched earlier this year, provides support for beginners to get started and resources to spark the interest of students who are ready for a new challenge.

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Here are six new resources to explore:

6 ways to get students coding with Scratch

1. Get started with video tutorials in Scratch.

The new version of Scratch features easy-to-use video tutorials that show students how to make a variety of interactive projects. For example, they can learn to animate a character, create a story or make a chase game. Each tutorial comes with an educator guide that shows how to organize a class or workshop based on the theme. You can access the guides and other resources on the Scratch Ideas page.

About the Author:

Natalie Rusk, Ph.D., is a research scientist in the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. She is one of the creators of Scratch and is the lead author of the The Official Scratch Coding Cards.

Lisa O’Brien is executive director of the Scratch Foundation, which expands creative learning opportunities for children around the world.


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