I’m sure there can’t be many teachers who haven’t heard of Scratch, the free modular programming language for kids that makes it easy to create powerful simulations and games. Even very young children can make simple programs with it.

Well, if you have been using it, you will be interested to know that MIT have just released version 2.0 of Scratch, and the interesting news is that this new version runs right in a browser with no downloads or installs required).

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The programming environment is embedded in a sharing and shareable community, with millions of Scratch projects ready to be downloaded and remixed.

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Sadly it does need Flash, so this does mean it won’t work on an iPad. You’ll have to stick with Daisy the Dinosaur for now.

This is especially important in UK schools, where programming is becoming a lot more important in the new ICT/Computing curriculum.

You can get onto Scratch here : http://scratch.mit.edu