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Resource Description
Staff, Planning,
and Costs
Standards, Research, and Evaluation

Teaching Experience

Having some experience working with the design process and computer programming is helpful, but not necessary.

Planning and Preparation

Before running a workshop, educators should become familiar with the Scratch Program and visit the Educators Forum (http://scratch.mit.edu/forums/viewforum.php?id=7) and Educator Website (http://scratch-ed.org/) for ideas, resources, and support.

The developers note that the Getting Started Guide (a quick step by step reference), Reference Guide (comprehensive manual), and Scratch Cards and Videos available on the Support Page (http://scratch.wik.is/Support) are great tools that both young people and educators can use to learn about programming with Scratch.

Technology

  • Software: Scratch software (available for free on the website), works with both Mac OS X and Windows
  • Computers: Computer with high-speed Internet connection is recommended for accessing the online community and materials; however, the software can run without access to the Internet.

Costs

No costs associated with the Scratch software


Online Training for Afterschool Staff
The Afterschool Training Toolkit is available online free of charge.

The following resources can be used with the online Afterschool Training Toolkit to give you the resources you need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching afterschool activities.