On Tuesday of this week English Class fourth grade pupils were introduced to the free app, ScratchJr. (see previous post) ScratchJr. is a programming language that was specifically designed for young children. Below are three examples of projects the fourth graders completed within a span of two 45-minute lessons. It was the first time that the pupils ever experienced any type of coding. The first project includes sound effects created by the pupil.
This video has a voice sound track created by the pupil who made the project.
The final project has no sound effects, but rather an ingenious story line.
ScratchJr. is a free app for iPads and early this year (2015) it will be available for Androids and later in the year a web-based version will also be available. ScratchJr. is a “younger” version of Scratch, the programming language developed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). (Scratch is already available for free use on the web.)