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Google CS First - Update for Scratch 3.0

Hello CS First Teachers!

We hope you all had a fantastic CSEdWeek and got some students excited about learning even more computer science in the new year. Speaking of the new year - we’re getting ready to ring it in with the move to Scratch 3.0 on January 2, 2019.

To learn more about the move to Scratch 3.0 and what this means for you and your classroom materials, read the FAQ below.

To give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s a student project from our 2018 Hour of Code activity, An Unusual Discovery, our first Scratch 3.0 activity.

Thanks and we hope you enjoy the last few weeks of 2018

CS First team


CS First + Scratch 3.0 FAQ

Q: What date will CS First reflect Scratch 3.0 in the videos and materials?
A: January 2, 2019.

Q: Where can I learn more about Scratch 3.0?
A: Check out the Scratch 3.0 FAQ or webinar.

Q: What parts of CS First will change with the transition to Scratch 3.0?
A: CS First will still function the same way but you will notice we’ve made updates to reflect the new user interface of Scratch 3.0. Here’s a summary of what’s changing:

  • A few themes and sample activities (see full list below) will not be available starting January 2, 2019. Updated versions of some of these themes will launch in early 2019.
  • All of the student videos will be updated and show the Scratch 3.0 interface and editor.
  • Solution sheets and passports will reflect new Scratch 3.0 block images.
  • Students will be automatically directed to Scratch 3.0 as they open their starter projects.
  • Minor updates were made to some sprites, backdrops, etc. in our starter projects.
  • The order of Storytelling Activity 1 and Activity 2 will be swapped. This isn’t related to Scratch 3.0, but it’s launching at the same time.

Q: Which themes and sample activities will be updated for Scratch 3.0?
A: The following themes/activities will be available on the CS First website on January 2, 2019.

  • An Unusual Discovery
  • Animate a Name
  • Art
  • Create Your Own Google Logo (original)
  • Fashion & Design
  • Friends
  • Game Design
  • High Seas
  • Music & Sound
  • Sports
  • Storytelling

Q: Which themes won’t be available on January 2, 2019?
A: The following themes/activities will not be available on the CS First website starting January 2, 2019.

  • Create Your Own Google Logo - Valentines Day (to be launched before February, 2019)
  • Create Your Own Google Logo - Earth Day (to be launched before March, 2019)
  • Gumball’s Coding Adventure (to be launched before March, 2019)
  • Friends (to be launched before April, 2019)
  • Social Media (may be redesigned and launch later in 2019)
  • Animation (may be redesigned and launch later in 2019)

Q: What if I have a class that starts in 2018 but ends in 2019?
A: Ideally you can finish your class prior to December 31, 2018 or start your class after January 2, 2019, but if that’s not possible, you will still be fine. Students will still be able to use their existing account to log in to both CS First and Scratch 3.0. You will simply see students get directed to the new Scratch 3.0 editor to finish any current or outstanding projects. In some cases, we made small updates to our projects (i.e., you might notice a different sprite or backdrop), but it shouldn’t affect how the student completes the activity.
If you have an Animation, Friends, Gumball, Logo Valentines Day/Earth Day, or Social Media class, you will need to complete all activities prior to January 1, 2019, or start a new class with a 3.0-ready theme (see list above). Starting January 2, 2019 these themes will not be available on the CS First website.

Q: If I have a print kit that was delivered prior to January 2, 2019, will I still be able to use it?
A: Yes! Most of the updates to print materials were cosmetic to reflect the new Scratch 3.0 user interface (blocks, colors, etc). Using our 2018 materials shouldn’t cause any significant problems.

Q: My class starts after January 2, 2019. Will my print materials be updated to reflect Scratch 3.0?
A: Yes. Classes that start after January 2, 2019 will be shipped 3.0 kits. These 3.0 kits will begin arriving after January 2nd.

Q: What’s the difference between the current version of Scratch 3.0 and the version launching on January 2nd?
A: Currently, the Beta version of Scratch 3.0 is not connected to the online community and you are unable to sign in, save, and share your work or interact with other Scratch users. After January 2, the online community will be connected and users will be able to sign-in, share their work, and interact with other Scratchers via comments and Remixing projects.

Q: Will I be able to Save my projects in Scratch after the launch in January?
A: Yes, Scratch 3.0 will officially launch on January 2, which includes connecting it to the online community. At that time, you will be able to sign-in, save, and share your projects in Scratch.

Q: Will I have access to my Scratch 2.0 projects in Scratch 3.0?
A: Any project that was saved in Scratch 2.0 will be available in Scratch 3.0 after January 2, 2019.

Q: Will Scratch 3.0 work on tablets and phones?
A: Scratch 3.0 will work on desktop, laptop, and tablet devices (iOS 11+ and Android 6+). On tablets, there won’t be a way to use “key pressed” blocks or right-click context menus until later in 2019. You will be able to view projects on mobile phones, but you won’t be able to create or edit projects on phones.

Q: What will happen to Scratch 2.0?
A: The online version of Scratch 2.0 will be replaced with Scratch 3.0. You will still be able to access the Scratch 2.0 offline editor and all of your saved Scratch 2.0 projects will be available in Scratch 3.0.

Q: Will the Scratch offline editor be available on Chromebooks?
A: Yes. In the second half of 2019 the offline version of Scratch 3.0 will be available on Chromebooks.

Additional information can also be found in this help article.