Scratch: A 21st Century language for Engaging Learning

Kristen Larson

Technology revolutionizes the world in which we live today. It is vital that our students are fluent in the media necessary to be qualified for the careers of the future. Coding through the programming language, Scratch, is a great way to start preparing students for 21st century literacy. In this workshop, educators will gain insight into the uses of Scratch to build critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication in the classroom. Participants can expect a brief overview of coding uses, Scratch foundations, and the Scratch community in the first part of the workshop. The second part of the workshop will be entirely hands-on as participants work together through short tutorials and eventually bigger projects. A final discussion of the use of Scratch in content areas and as a 21st century skill-building platform will conclude the workshop.



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