Scratch - Graphical Programming Tool


Scratch - Graphical Programming Tool
 

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

Pain point/Need: -

  1. Graphical Interface Programming environment
  2. Stories
     Creation
  3. Drag and drop based programming

Platform: - Windows, Mac

Usability: - Learning & using Scratch is easy with the help of Scratch website, which offers getting started guide, video tutorials, and Scratch cards and along with Scratch project’s that you can download with the code to learn and adapt to the pattern. When you open the program, its split in three: on the left, all sorts of instructions are listed with categories like Controls, Variables etc. You can drag and drop each of these controls to center part. Center part of the window is tabbed, listing Scripts, Costumes and Sound. Script tab is the place where you can place your instructions to make the desired story, animation. To run a code block (preview the result), double-click the block. Under Costumes, you'll be able to add various images displaying different positions of the same Sprite. You can even add sounds or record your own to your cartoon for more engagement.

Prices: - Free

Our Review: Scratch is a great tool to introduce children to computer science. It is a very easy tool that helps you create your own animations and games. The animations are made using regular programming instructions such as repetitive controls, variables and action handlers also you can even add sounds to your cartoons that is good feature built for more engagement. Students can also use it to make interactive project, which would also improve their creative skills. Great thing is that the instructions can be dragged and their parameters changed to create the block of code you need. The instructions will be linked to one another, for more structuring. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important design and problem-solving skills, learning how to think creatively, and computational ideas. If you’re a parent or teacher wanting to introduce children to programming then there’s no better place to start than Scratch.

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