Scratch Programming for Grade 8/9 Students
Since last fall I am using Scratch 1.4 in my grade 8/9 ICT class. Scratch is an easy-to-use programming environment developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab that can be downloaded for free. It helps students to understand the basic concepts of programming by using Lego-like blocks that can be snapped together.
Students create stories, animations, games and much more. They can share their work online on the Scratch website and become part of a collaborative online community. This aspect offers a great opportunity to incorporate aspects of digital citizenship into the curriculum. Check out my ScratchIT class website.