We had a teacher conference for our 9 year old daughter on Friday. The teacher said that they were going to be using MIT’s Scratch, on 3 Macs they were getting, starting in January 2010. She urged me to try it out prior to that given that she had heard that I played around with computers.
MIT’s Scratch is a programming language for kids geared towards creating interactive, multimedia projects.
I found it on the Web. Watched a YouTube video they had in their SUPPORT gallery. Looked easy enough.
Went to download it. It, v1.3, is available for Macs and PC … but said 2000, XP and Vista. No Windows 7. (Strange that. You would have thought that between May and now, MIT would have tried out Windows 7).
But downloaded it. Installed fine, in my ‘Program Files (x86)’ folder.
Worked first time. Since I had watched the video I was able to get some animation, replete with music, going right away. The kids were amused.
Went downstairs and downloaded it to my daughters, fairly old, XP system as well. Again no problems. Started up. It was QUICK even on the old system.
Nine year old got it going without any trouble. I showed her the very basic, basics. Then I left. Ten minutes later she had jumping pop corn!
So just want to let you know that Scratch works fine with Windows 7.
It looks like a great piece of software for 9 year old. Thank YOU.
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