Youngsters at M.E. Small Elementary will learn coding this month

Scratch, Jr helps the youngest of kids learn basics of coding

Editor's Note:  We received the following update from Kim Keith, the library media specialist at Marguerite E. Small Elementary School in West Yarmouth:

My name is Kim Keith.  I am the library media specialist at the M. E. Small Elementary School in West Yarmouth.  We are a PreK-3 school with approximately 250 students.  A month ago we did a 1:1 iPad rollout with our third graders.  As the library media specialist I have been introducing my students to the Hour of Code for two years.  Knowing that our 1:1 iPads would have the Scratch Jr. app installed I went to Tufts University over the summer for Professional Development on the Scratch Jr. app,  The Scratch Jr. app was developed by Mariana Beers at the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University along with the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab and the Playful Invention Company.

My third grade students will be introduced to the app the week of December 5th.

ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children to create their own interactive stories and games. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on