Module 0 - Setup

Pre-lesson setup
  • Ensure Scratch is installed on all machines with the shortcut on the desktop for easy startup.
  • Check the sound settings.  Scratch uses two types of sounds 'wave' (like music) and 'midi' (like drums); I've found a few machines where the midi setup needed work.
    Check the drums in Scratch play (on my machine I had to change the audio settings to use the Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth rather than the default setting).
  • I'm assuming 1 child per computer but 2 per computer would probably work just as well
  • I'm also assuming you have a separate PC with a projector to do some centralized teaching, if not improvise.
  • Visit the Scratch web site ( and print out a few copies of each of the Scratch cards for easy reference (
  • Get to know Scratch before you start!
  • Download the initial game we're going to develop (attached to this page) and familiarize yourself with it.
  • Take a look over the sample projects that come with Scratch and pick one of two contrasting ones to demonstrate.
  • Ensure you know where the kids are going to save their projects.
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Dec 10, 2008, 3:34 AM