I have been using the online Scratch programing interface with 3rd and 4th grade students during my volunteer time at Jackson-Via Elementary School, so I was really interested to learn about the new ScratchJr which has been developed for 5-7 year olds. Young students learn very quickly how to create and control characters on the screen. After all coding is simply a language, and we all know that you need to begin as early as possible if you want to be proficient in a new language.
Sadly, my iPad that I bring to school for the students to use is too old for this new app, but the good news is that there will be an inline version available later this school year. I can’t wait!
Coding for young children
Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children ages 5-7 can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.
via ScratchJr – Home.
Why Did We Create ScratchJr?
Coding or computer programming is a new type of literacy. Just as writing helps you organize your thinking and express your ideas, the same is true for coding. In the past, coding was seen as too difficult for most people. But we think coding should be for everyone, just like writing.
As young children code with ScratchJr, they learn how to create and express themselves with the computer, not just to interact with it. In the process, children learn to solve problems and design projects, and they develop sequencing skills that are foundational for later academic success. They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, children aren’t just learning to code, they are coding to learn.
via ScratchJr – About.