Creating Together

How families can facilitate collaboration when coding with Scratch

The Scratch Team
Jul 26, 2017 · 6 min read

By Saskia Leggett and Kaitlyn Leidl

More often than not, getting started can be the most difficult part of working on a project. On the Scratch and ScratchJr teams, we’ve learned that the best ideas arise when we find ways to work together. For us, collaboration comes in the form of a diverse array of contributors, from designers and developers, researchers and children, to parents and engineers, working together to imagine new ideas, solve problems, and create projects.

As the Scratch community grows, we want to be sure that we support collaboration in all forms, including among family members at home. Working together with Scratch as a family can be an opportunity to engage creatively with your kids, explore shared interests, and learn something new about each other in the process. Computers and tablets don’t always lend themselves to collaboration, so we’ve created a list of tips to help you create together as a family. Whether you’re kicking off a project with your child or helping your child work with siblings or peers, use these tips to get started with your next great collaboration.

Tips for creating with your child

1. Find a dedicated time

2. Brainstorm ideas together

3. Let your child drive

4. It’s okay to not have all the answers

5. Learn from each other

Tips for facilitating collaboration between siblings or peers

1. Help guide a brainstorming session

2. Suggest unique roles

3. Incorporate off-screen activities

4. Encourage collaborative problem solving

5. Foster older and younger sibling collaboration

Saskia Leggett Outreach Manager for the Scratch Team.

Kaitlyn Leidl is DevTech Research Lab Program Coordinator at Tufts University.

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Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

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Scratch is a programming language and the world’s largest online community for kids. It is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

The Scratch Team Blog

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

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