New Scratch 3.0 is Here!

Scratch 3.0 was released on January 2, 2019. It has been completely redesigned and written in HTML 5 and Javascript. If you and your students have used Scratch in the past, you’ll see that the new version has moved the stage to the right. The event and control blocks are on the left. You can add extensions to make this version of Scratch do so much more! extensions_library_3.0There are extensions like the pen, video sensing, music, text to speech as well as extensions that allow you to control your scratch program with a Micro:bit or Makey Makey. There are both new paint and sound editors. There are also new sprites, backgrounds, and sounds.

If you have used earlier versions of Scratch, then all of your old projects will still be waiting for you when you log in! If you want to learn more details, go to their FAQ page. If you haven’t used Scratch, it is free and was created by MIT! It works on any mobile device or computer, and you can view your projects on a mobile phone, however, you won’t be able to create/edit on a phone.

Scratch has also updated their Creative Computing Curriculum Guide – giving you four “stations” to guide you through exploring this new version of Scratch. The guide is a “collection of activities, ideas, and strategies designed to support educators in exploring creating computing with their students.

Scratch is a wonderful way to have students learn to code, be creative (they can create games, animations, stories, music, etc) and meet many of the ISTE Standards for Students!

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