How can we use a simple computer coding language in primary schools? The new and
improved Scratch 3.0 can help you develop your pupils’ skills in numeracy and problem
solving. Scratch is a free online programming tool that can enhance your pupils’ skills in
logic, reasoning, abstract thinking, problem solving, creativity and much more! This practical
course includes a bank of videos focused on classroom practice showing how Scratch is
being used in classrooms all over Ireland.
Each module is focused on the practical application of Scratch and how its use can develop
key skills in mathematics. We will also explore how Scratch can be incorporated into many
different curricular areas from Gaeilge and SESE.
Each module includes focused discussion regarding practical classroom applications of
Scratch programming and makes specific reference to the use of Scratch as a teaching tool
in developing, supporting and extending children’s application of key mathematical
concepts and skills. By means of a range of practical group activities, participants will also
explore how they might incorporate Scratch across a variety of curriculum areas.
Other important key areas of course content to be discussed and developed include digital
citizenship and internet safety, finding and selecting good quality digital content online,
developing whole school assessment practices through the use of digital technologies and
exploring the newly constructed Digital Learning Framework and learning how a school
might go about creating their digital learning plan in this regard.