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Scratch Programming for Teens 1st Edition
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What I don't like about this book is that it over-emphasizes the animation side of Scratch, while brushing over or entirely omitting all the programming concepts that Scratch introduces. Scratch offers young students the opportunity to make complicated games and applications quickly and easily. For instructors, there are so many opportunities to introduce students to industry-level ideas in programming. However, the book tends toward programming concepts that offer immediate visual response to students, while ignoring many of the applications of more complicated features, like message passing and variables.
Overall, I think that this book is definitely not "for teens", as it targets a much younger age group. The applications from the book target students through immediate visual stimulation, while older students benefit from a more methodical and thorough approach to teaching Scratch that highlights the importance of variables, message passing, and program clarity. While I appreciate the author's efforts to be a definitive guide for introducing Scratch, I believe there are much better resources available for teaching programming. I especially recommend BYOB (Build Your Own Blocks), found at byob.berkeley.edu, which extends Scratch to allow functional programming and custom block creation. They also include a thorough manual that highlights all the important concepts that a programmer should understand.
The book is a very superficial exploration of the most basic of topics in scratch, more like he quickly reviewed the user's guide and found a quick sample to make a chapter out of as he chanced upon the topics. Clearly this man has little to no experience using Scratch, that is clear from his book. There is no more depth to this book than the user's guide and there's much better material on the web.
A much more fun book is Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program By Making Cool Games. A very CS deep way to learn scratch is using the BJC course available at the berkeley dot edu website, that comes with video tutorials and other materials. Also, instead of scratch, one should use BYOB/Snap!, which is a superset/extension of scratch, the Programming Adventure book is still relevant and useful with BYOB.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good for starters. I learned very quickly. It helps to have pictures there to guide you. You will love everything about this book.Published on March 26, 2013 by email@example.com
I got this for my grandson for Christmas.....he really loves it! He has always said that he wants to develop computer games when he grows up, so when I saw this I thought it just... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The book is just what I required. It has a thorough discussion of the theory behind how the various aspects of Scratch work but more importantly has plenty of practical examples... Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by WILLIAM TAY
Use at all ages! I used this book with my 6 year old, and although I did most of the reading, this book explains things clearly and it has good examples that he could understand. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by David Razidlo
We purchased "SCRATCH Programming" as an Easter gift for our 8yr old son. He loves it! He has been involved with Scratch for about 4-5 months. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Beth Cullen