It’s a BIG part of the joy of Scratch that the kids can show off what they’ve made. Too many schools are using the offline downloadable version of Scratch and never letting the kids upload them to the Scratch website. In some cases they don’t know they can and in many cases the school networks block those uploads. In both my Code Club schools the kids can’t open a browser window at all or even run Notepad! The computers are so locked down they’re near useless. Fortunately there’s a sneaky hack that lets you get a browser by typing a URL into the file explorer so we’ve been using the Scratch website that way but since we started doing that we’ve run into ANOTHER problem. The kids can never remember their usernames and passwords. So next term I’ve got a new plan. I’m going to create a bunch of usernames and passwords for the kids and hand them out at the start of term. They’ll be random names and passwords – nothing that can identify the kids themselves. And most importantly I’ll keep a copy of what they all are and who I gave each one to. So that when they come and say, “I can’t get back to my work from last week cause I can’t login”, then I’ll be able to help them. I’d *like* to be teaching them good practices for logins and passwords but the sheer number of kids having this problem was preventing me teaching them programming.
How about you? Have your kids been using the Scratch website or the downloadable version? Do your kids ever share and show off their work?