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The Scratch Community

This video highlights the ways in which you can interact with the Scratch community.
One of the great things about Scratch is the community. And in this short video, I want to show you some of the ways that you can interact with other Scratch makers. The Home page contains curated interesting projects, as well as projects from people that you follow.
If you have a rough idea of what you’re looking for, you can also use the Search bar to find projects by typing in keywords.
If I click a project– I’ll choose this one here– you’ll see that there are a few things I can do. I can click Love to show I like the project I can favourite a project, which is a little bit like bookmarking. I can also report projects if they contain inappropriate content. And if I scroll down, you’ll see that I can also leave comments.
You can also click usernames. And then you can decide to follow individual users who make interesting things.
Yo can also click Copy Link to share a link to your project with other people.
You’ll notice a comment down here that says, here’s a boat race with a high school. The way they took this code and made improvements to it is by remixing the project. And you can see all the different remixes down the right hand side.
I can remix this project by clicking this Remix button, here. I can then adapt or improve the project. For example, I might decide to remove the sounds. Or I might decide to edit the text.
Or I might speed up the obstacles. And then I can save my version of the project. This is a really powerful idea as it allows you, as an educator, to create a starting point for your learners to build on. It’s also a great way to explore Scratch initially. Looking at code from others in the community, observing what the code does, making small changes, and observing the effects. If I go back to the Home page, you can see that you can also click on Ideas to have a look at some getting started guides, and some tutorials, and more support.
And then, there’s also Scratch News.
And this is part of a wider Scratch discussion forum, as well. This may be more useful to you than your learners, depending on their age. So as you can see, Scratch is about more than just making things. It’s about being part of a supportive community. It’s about having a real audience for your creations, sharing ideas, and supporting each other.

This video highlights ways to interact with the Scratch community.

There are further instructions on creating Scratch accounts for your learners on the Code Club projects site. Remember that learners should use an alias for their username, so that they can’t be identified online.

As an educator, you may also prefer to use an alias, especially if you want to use your Scratch account to tinker with ideas, and have the freedom to make mistakes anonymously. But in any event, other community members can only see the projects that you have chosen to share, and you are free to unshare projects at any time.

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