Scratch. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. The Scratch project is based upon research supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number 0325828.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Users are greeted by a Home page chock full of choices; down the center are Featured Projects, Projects Selected by...(a Scratch member chosen by the Scratch Team to curate), Projects from Scratch Design Studio, What the Community is Remixing, What the Community is Loving and What the Community is Viewing. Off to the right are: Collab Camp (creating Scratch projects together with other members around a common theme), Scratch Day, May 19, 2012 (events for users of Scratch), ScratchEd ( a page specifically for educators), Scratch Design Studio, Video Tutorials, Featured Galleries, Popular Tags, Social Media (read the blog and follow Scratch on Twitter), Scratchers' Wiki and Community Stats. Across the top of the page are tabs for further exploration and information, projects, galleries, support, forums, about or language.
You can always stop by clicking on the miniature stop sign in the far right hand corner of the screen. A block from the control section can be added telling the script to run whenever the green flag next to the stop sign is clicked.
By clicking the sounds tab in the scripts column you can record your own sounds or import files (MP3, AIF or WAV). These sounds can be selected from a block and moved into the script area.
If creating an account at the Scratch site, a user is required to give a username, password, birthdate, email address, gender and country. Your state and city are optional. Upon registering you are asked to comply with the Community Guidelines.
Here is my test, as corny as it is. Time will fly by as each user discovers the endless possibilities available using Scratch. I can't believe it took me this long to try this out. Students will love using this site and software; this is learning at its best and it's fun to boot.
Intro to Scratch from ScratchEd on Vimeo.