While attending the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston, Mass. I had the opportunity to see and hear and learn from Dr. Mitchel Resnick an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory.  In his Thursday morning keynote speech he shared Scratch (See video below!):

“Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.

Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.”

When I got home I showed the Scratch web site to my six year old son, and he was ready to download immediately!!!  Once installed, Nicholas and I played around for a few minutes to get our bearings; then, I turned Nicholas loose to program at will.  He did!!!  There are many possibilities in applying this application, and I especially like that young people can upload and share their creations with a global audience.  It is FREE, and can also be run on the web.  Try it, you’ll like it!

  1. I had great fun at MIT just before the conference and learnt how to play a banana skin using the programme and a Scratchboard. I posted some thoughts and some video here:

  2. nhokanson says:

    Fantastic video Ewan! Thank you for sharing. I was unable to attend the pre-conference sessions, but as you share your experiences we can all benefit. What you have shared serves as an excellent example of the “playful approach to learning” that Dr. Resnick believes is key in education. I know it is true as I learn so much with my own children as we search and explore our world together. This playful approach keeps the fun in learning! Now, off to find a banana! 😉

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