With Scratch, people can easily construct a wide variety of interactive projects. From community narratives to role-playing games to mathematical simulations to consciousness-raising presentations, the potential for creative production with Scratch is boundless. However, for those who are primarily concerned with assisting others' Scratch learning, there is a disconnect between what individuals want to be able to do and the tools that are presently available to them.
Since joining the Lifelong Kindergarten group, I have had the opportunity to meet some of these people. They occupy a range of roles as teachers, researchers, parents, and hobbyists. Their interests in supporting Scratch learning are similarly diverse: a teacher who wants to share stories about Scratch and cross-curricular integration; a researcher who wants feedback on materials developed for exploring Scratch as participatory literacy; a parent who wants advice on how to introduce Scratch at a local all-girls high school; a hobbyist who wants to connect with others who have started Scratch groups for adults.
To better support the activities of these educators, I designed ScratchEd - a companion site for Scratch educators to share their stories, exchange resources, ask questions, and find other educators. This work started almost two years ago, by imagining possibilities for a separate space, creating initial drafts, playing with the design, sharing it with educators for feedback, reflecting on the strengths and weakness of the design, and iterating with new possibilities.
To the numerous educators who are working with Scratch and to the numerous educators at workshops and conferences that have helped get ScratchEd to this point: thank you. I hope that we can work together to make ScratchEd a place that is useful to our practices as educators and that provides a sense of what is possible with Scratch.