Scratch

The programming language Scratch was developed at MIT as an educational tool to introduce younger students to programming, as a stepping stone to more advanced work.

The programming language Scratch was developed at MIT as an educational tool to introduce younger students to programming, as a stepping stone to more advanced work. There are many good Scratch resources designed for students from fourth grade up.

The Scratch home page at MIT contains tutorials, projects, and more: https://scratch.mit.edu/

Super Scratch Programming Adventure (Covers Version 2)!: Learn to Program by Making Cool Games! was produced by the LEAD project; the most current edition is the 2nd edition from No Starch Press (2013). This graphic novel for ages 9 and up teaches the basics of computer programming.

Scratch 2.0 Programming for Teens, 2nd edition, by Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. (Cengage Learning, 2014) is an excellent guide for ages 12 and up.

A free online Scratch course is sponsored by EdX: https://www.edx.org/course/programming-scratch-harveymuddx-cs002x-1

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.

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