Jan 16, 2017 2017-01-16
ScratchEd is a network of educators who are using the student-friendly programming language Scratch in their classrooms, often in unexpectedly creative ways. ScratchEd empowers teachers at all levels of familiarity to learn with and from one another as they develop ideas and strategies to help their students succeed. On ScratchEd’s website, teachers will find resources to build their knowledge of computer science and interactive programming projects they can launch in their classrooms. The resources address students of all ages—preschool and kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and high school—and include projects across all disciplines, from mathematics to social studies. Teachers can tap the Creative Computing Curriculum Guide, a collection of ideas, strategies, and activities for an introductory creative computing experience using the Scratch programming language; and the Scratch Cross-Curricular Integration Guide, with opportunities for students to explore certain content areas in and through Scratch. Along with the hundreds of resources, the site hosts a discussion board for teachers and an events page to learn about upcoming workshops and conferences.
Plus: In December 2016, the ScratchEd Meetups Network was launched to make it easier for teachers to connect. Teachers can sign up to participate in a ScratchEd meetup in one of ten cities around the country, or they can start their own network. In these monthly gatherings, participants set the agenda, deciding what they want to learn from one another and how they will build and share that knowledge. These meetups are for everyone: novices just beginning to discover how to introduce programming to their classrooms, Scratch experts looking to expand their knowledge, elementary and high school teachers, and teachers across all disciplines. The gatherings can be especially relevant for teachers in urban, high-needs areas, where students may be less likely than their suburban peers to have access to coding enrichment outside of school. ScratchEd offers guidance and resources to help teachers coordinate their meetups. Teachers can start with the Scratch Educator Meetups Guide. In addition, a free Meetup app is available for iOS and Android devices.