Preliminary Lesson – Setting up an Online Account

Introduction to Scratch 2.0 – Preliminary Lesson

Setting up an Online Account in Scratch 2.0

In this preliminary lesson, we’ll walk you through the steps you need to know so you can set up an account with the FREE online version of Scratch. For the purposes of these online classes, all of our work will be done with Scratch 2.0. At the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • set up your own Scratch account
  • know how to access your Scratch account
  • know where to download version 2.0 (if you want to do so)

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Creating Your Own Account
Scratch was designed for all ages, but it was made especially for kids, age 8 -14. That means the web site has some safety features and guidelines to keep younger kids safe. When we visit web sites on the Internet, we always have to keep in mind who the author is and why they created the site. Scratch is great because it was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They wanted to get more kids programming at a younger age and came up with Scratch.

Choosing a Username
When you choose a username and password keep in mind that EVERYONE will be able to see it. Everyone in the WHOLE world has the potential to see your stuff (if you share it, but you have the option to always keep it private).

DO NOT use your real name. Use your pet’s name, or a favorite animal or character from a book or movie. If someone else has chosen that name already, you may want to add a big number at the end – like 450.

DO NOT use your birth date or any other information that could identify you. You also need to use a name that is not offensive because the people who made Scratch made it for other kids. They want to protect them too. Here are some good examples of names:

  • Computercoder450
  • Princess1000
  • Ilovedogs202
  • Legofanatic675

To create your own account, go to the Scratch home page. This link will open up in a new browser window, that way you can continue reading this page, but can still work with Scratch. On the home page, you want to click on “Join Scratch.”

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Scratch will ask you to create a username and password. They will also ask for your birthday (not to share with anyone), but only in case you need to reset your password. Scratch also asks for an email address. If you do not have an email address, put your parent’s email address in the box.

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Congratulations! You have an account with Scratch. You are now ready to make your own programs. You can see that you are logged in to Scratch from seeing your name.

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You can even use Scratch – versions 1.4 or 2.0 off-line. That means you don’t have to be connected to the Internet. You can download Version 2.0 here. This is a great option if you want to use Scratch, but won’t have Internet access – you can still create!

Go to lesson one to learn how make your sprite move across the screen.