MIT Media Lab Unveils ScratchJr for Coding in K-2

MIT’s Media Lab has released ScratchJr, a free iPad app that helps children ages five to seven learn to program stories and games. The idea is that children learn how to create with a computer and not just interact with it.

According to the App Store description, “By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing.” The idea is for the junior coders to “use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy.”

Campus Technology writes that the next steps for the Scratch-spinoff will be funded by their successful Kickstarter campaign, which took two days to reach its $25,000 goal.

“Coding is the new literacy,” declared Mitchel Resnick, head of the Lifelong Kindergarten [a collaborator]. “Just as writing helps you organize your thinking and express your ideas, the same is true for coding. In the past, coding was seen as too difficult for most people. But we think coding should be for everyone, just like writing.”

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.