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ScratchJr

ScratchJr
Description With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) learn important new skills as they program their own interactive stories and games. By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, children don’t just learn to code, they code to learn. ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language ( used by millions of people (ages 8 and up) around the world. ScratchJr is a collaboration between the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab, the Developmental Technologies research group at Tufts University, and the Playful Invention Company. ...More

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NGA Kids Description The NGAkids Art Zone app contains eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, plus a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space where users can save and display art created with the program. The child-friendly interface, easy-to-use tools, and the overarching emphasis on discovery, careful looking, and artistic self-expression make the NGAkids app educational and fun for the whole family. Each activity offers various levels of complexity. Scratching the Surface: coding with Year 2 So some of you may know that this year, after 13 years of being a primary classroom teacher, I've moved into a specialist teaching role as Head of Computing. This has been great for me and I'm really enjoying getting to teach kids all the way from age 4 to 11. With the switch from ICT to Computing and the increased focus on computer science, coding was naturally top of my list of content to develop and ensure progression across each year group. Our school was already in a great position since my predecessor had begun including the use of Scratch, Kodu and other software back in 2011. My aim though was to seek a wider range of software to help deliver unique learning opportunities in each year group. The release of Scratch Jr this summer really couldn't have come at a better time.

Awesome Websites to Get Your Kids Hooked on Programming - TheITBros The success stories of people who used MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to pick up new skills and even change careers aren’t exactly rare nowadays. You probably have heard of people learning how to code by signing up for classes on sites like Coursera, eDX, and Udacity, then leveraging the knowledge that they’ve gained to find jobs and/or internships. But what if your ten-year old kid expresses an interest in becoming a computer programmer? These MOOC sites aren’t exactly kid-friendly, and most of the courses that are hosted there require at least highschool-level knowledege to fully comprehend (plus kids might not be so keen on participating in online class discussions if their classmates are scary grownups). Thankfully, there are a few child-friendly options that kids (and kids-at-heart!) can play and program with.

Scratch Jr. Tutorials for Primary Students Last week, I encouraged you to participate in this year’s Hour of Code. I know that guiding a classroom of students through an hour of programming can sound intimidating, particularly if you aren’t experienced in it yourself. The secret is to do as I have – admit to yourself that you know nothing and your students are smarter than you. Trust me, it makes life easier and a lot more enjoyable Any grade level can do the Hour of Code. CodeSpells: Express Yourself With Magic by ThoughtSTEM When we were young, wizards like Gandalf and Dumbledore struck a chord in our minds. We spent hours pretending to be wizards and casting epic imaginary spells. Now, we want to bring that kind of creative freedom to video games. Instead of giving the player pre-packaged spells, CodeSpells allows you to craft your own magical spells. It's the ultimate spellcrafting sandbox.

Making things... Learning Things [Note: Updated, April 22, 2015] App Name – ScratchJrCost – FreeWebsite – Tablets – iOS and AndroidDeveloped by – Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts UniversityiOS Download – Download – What is ScratchJr? Scratch Jr is a tablet app that young children can use to create simple programs such as stories, games and animations. Two Basic iPad Apps for Teaching Coding to Kids November 2, 2014 I got an email today from a teacher asking for some basic iPad coding apps to recommend to her kids. Actually I have already reviewed several coding apps in the past but for something to start with I would suggest the two titles below. Check them out and let us know what you think of them. 1- Daisy The Dinosaur Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur!

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Teach Activities Each of these activities gives you a quick way to learn how to do new things with ScratchJr. They are listed here in order of simplest to hardest, but feel free to play around in any order you'd like! Watch this video for a brief introduction to ScratchJr's interface... Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in the last few years, a number of apps, software, and guides have been produced that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? 6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2017 Listen to this post as a podcast (sponsored by Kiddom): To celebrate the launch of my brand-new, fully redesigned Teacher’s Guide to Tech, I’m hand-picking six ed tech tools that deserve more teachers’ attention. These are not all brand-new tools, but I thought each one offered something pretty special for the classroom. Check them out. nearpod.com

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