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, https://www.scratchjr.org. 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.