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Start Them Early: Using ScratchJr in the K-2 Classroom

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD


Monday, June 24, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: 115A

Dr. Tamieka Grizzle  
Get ideas on how to introduce coding to young learners using the introductory programming language ScratchJr. Students can create their own interactive stories and games by snapping together graphical programming blocks to create scripts that will make characters move, jump, dance and sing.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: App: ScratchJr,
also available on Chromebook
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Learner
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
Facilitator
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this hands-on session for beginners, you will learn how to navigate the ScratchJr interface by coding and creating a project through guided practice. Then, you will have the opportunity to create your own project and/or engage in a ScratchJr. project challenge. ScratchJr. is an introductory programming language where students in grades K-2 can create their own interactive stories and games by snapping together graphical programming blocks to create scripts that will make characters move, jump, dance, and sing! You will leave the session with resources on how to implement ScratchJr into the curriculum.

Outline

Overview
I. Flipped classroom session style: audience preview Sway presentation prior to attending session (available in digital tote): https://sway.office.com/tvKoANdFNZTtho7J?ref=Link
II. Overview of ScratchJr (~5mins.)
a. videos of ScratchJr projects in STEM Lab
III. Guided ScratchJr. project (~40 mins.)
IV. Audience create their own ScratchJr. project and/or engage in a ScratchJr. project challenge (~10 mins.)
V. Q&A (~5 mins.)

Supporting research

* https://youtu.be/nKIu9yen5nc
* https://www.fastcompany.com/3060883/why-coding-is-the-job-skill-of-the-future-for-everyone
* https://www.scratchjr.org/about/info
* http://pbskids.org/learn/scratchjr/activities/tree-problem
* https://code.org/about
* https://www.tynker.com/content/why-coding
* https://www.coderevkids.com/why.php

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Dr. Tamieka Grizzle, Harmony Leland ES/Cobb County

Tamieka Grizzle is a K-5 STEM Lab Teacher at Harmony Leland Elementary School in the Cobb County School District in Georgia. After being in the classroom for 10 years, she initiated the current STEM lab at her school. She sponsors several after school coding and robotics clubs, including grades K-2 and 3-5 club members, an all-girls robotics club, and the Wonder League Dash and Dot Robotics Club. Dr. Grizzle was awarded the 2017 Cobb STEM Distinguished Educator Award, Gold Level and is a recipient of the 2017 Atlanta Braves Foundation, and the Cobb Schools Foundation Teacher IMPACT Grant.

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