The Overwhelming Itch From Scratch

As we were asked in class, IĀ checked out the app Scratch. I worked to create a small story using the coding prompts. When I started using the app, I was slightly frustrated because I did not know anything about coding. Once I played around with it a little bit, I started to find it easier and easier. I hit a rough patch when I tried to turn my character Max the fish around in the prompts. I ended up affecting other parts of the code which made me very frustrated. I will admit that I did take several days to make my small video because I was frustrated a couple of nights and moved on from it. I will also admit that this was not my most favorite app to use because I am not totally into video creation in the first place. On that note I realize that this app is a great starting point for learning how to code. I was discussing with my brother, a coding expert, about this app. He told me that this app is a great place to start when teaching coding; however, according to him, this is not the proper way that code works. In other words the actual process of coding is not this “simple” but Scratch shows the basics of the flow of coding.

I think that this app would be useful for working on a coding project over a extended amount of time to allow for users to fully understand the uses and consequences for each command. I am glad that I had the experience of creating a small video; even though I was very overwhelmed by the process. I have a question for you, the reader. In this modern day, we try to show kids at a younger age how to code and use computers. My question is, what is your opinion of exposing children to technology to children at a young age and what do you think the implications of this are?

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out my scratch project entitledĀ Holly The Grumpy Fish.

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