Scratch is a new programming language that facilitates the creation of interactive stories, cartoons, games, musical compositions, digital simulations, etc. and their sharing on the web. It is designed to introduce children from the age of 8 to important concepts in mathematics and computer science, to help them create, reason and cooperate. Scratch’s slogan is “Imagine-Program-Share! “».
Sharing is indeed a fundamental aspect of Scratch’s pedagogy. Scratch is dynamic, it allows you to modify the code of the program being executed. Multimedia oriented for teaching children about the computer world, it deals with the basic concepts of programming such as loops, tests, variable assignments, and especially the manipulation of objects, as well as sounds and videos with great ease. Scratch is visual, all the code is written directly in the child’s mother tongue (about twenty European languages are available) in the form of coloured bricks (e. g. yellow controls, red variables, blue movements, etc…).
Scratch is a free software and thus allows the teacher to develop his pedagogy through an almost playful interactivity of the objects manipulated by these software bricks.
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