Q. What's your take on Apple's decision to not allow Scratch on iPhones and iPads? A. We are very disappointed in Apple s decision to not allow Scratch on their mobile devices. The Scratch application was one of the highlights of the iPhone and iPod touch, as it allowed children to create original games, interactive experiments, and even visual art. Kids throughout the country have been experiencing a renaissance in learning how to develop their creativity using new technology, and Apple has been one of the driving forces behind this movement.
Q. A. While we completely understand that Apple made this decision to limit the content available on the iPhone and iPad, we believe that the company did this in a misguided attempt to appease their die-hard hardware fanboi audience. While it is true that most adults have some level of exposure to Scratch, there are many parents and other young learners who don't have this history. In light of this, it appears that Apple is missing the boat in its efforts to provide a more comprehensive learning environment for young learners.
Q. A. While we acknowledge that Apple made a mistake in not including Scratch on the first two devices - the iPhone and the iPod Touch - it was necessary for them to do so to appease the hardcore Scratch community. With millions of parents and other young learners experiencing a renaissance in learning how to develop their creativity using new technologies, it is imperative that the innovative and problem-solving educational applications that these companies have developed are available to them.