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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Scratch - It's Like Flash For Kids

Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.
-- About Scratch

Unfortunately it mostly runs slow on my low end Mac. The output seems to be a java applet which should be easily deployable in a browser. It's a great idea - a straightforward IDE allows kids (and adults) to design simple interactive animations and games. One of my biggest problems with Flash is the learning curve on just the IDE alone, not to mention the ins and outs of ActionScript and the like.

Also it's completely free and they already have a great community site up for sharing projects.

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