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Create with Code

Jan 04, 2016 2016-01-04


Create with Code

Young children, aged 5–7, can use ScratchJr, an introductory programming language, to create their own interactive stories and games. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves—and then use the graphical programming blocks to make their characters come to life. ScratchJr is a collaboration of the Development Technologies (DevTech) Research Group at Tufts University, the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, and the Playful Invention Company. In creating ScratchJr, the research group carefully designed features to match young children’s cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development. ScratchJr is available as a free app for both iPad and Android tablets.

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Plus: Written by the creators of ScratchJr, The Official ScratchJr Book is a companion to the ScratchJr app. Each chapter includes several activities that build on one another, culminating in an engaging final project. An excerpt of the book appears on the Scratch Foundation’s website.

Click Here to Read Excerpt from ScratchJr Book

Plus: A new version of ScratchJr was launched in December 2015. Tufts University’s DevTech Research Group collaborated with PBS KIDS and the MIT Media Lab to create the PBS KIDS ScratchJr programming app. Young children can now learn the basics of coding by creating their own interactive stories with their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The new app features PBS KIDS media properties such as WILD KRATTS, WORDGIRL, PEG + CAT, and a new series, NATURE CAT.

Click Here to Access Free PBS KIDS ScratchJr App for All Media Platforms

STEM • STEAM • STREAM Computer Science/Coding/Programming Gamification/Game-Based Learning

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