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Project-Based Learning Using ScratchJr

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Monday, November 30, 12:30–1:20 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Brenda Bass  
Laurie Green  

Get a general introduction to both basic CS concepts and the ScratchJr platform. Learn why teaching coding is important and what elementary coding looks like and project-based learning. Coding helps develop problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration skills.

Audience: Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Scratch Jr App downloaded on iPad, Chromebook (extension), tablet or download the Scratch for Desktop (Beta) version if using computer.
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session is a general introduction to both basic CS concepts and an introduction to the Scratch Jr platform. I feel that every student should learn to code beginning in Kindergarten. In this introductory sequence of projects for Scratch Jr, participates will not only be introduced to Scratch Jr but Why Teach Coding, What Does Elementary Coding look like, Project-based Learning and Reverse Engineering. They will be introduced to the BootUp PD website and have access to the free curriculum with lesson plans and resources. BootUp PD works with districts across the United States to teach teachers how to teach coding. Students in these districts are excited about coding and creating some fun projects.


Model Scratch Jr Lesson 1 Hands on Participants will create lesson 1 15 min
Model Scratch Jr Project 2 Hands on Participants will create lesson 15 min
Model Scratch Jr Project 3 Hands on Participants will create lesson 15 min
Walk through Lesson Plans Hands on 3 min
Model Scratch Jr Lesson 4 Hands on Participants will create lesson 15 min
Debugging 5 min
ISTE Standards 2 min
Why Teach Coding 5 min
What Does Elementary Coding Look Like 5 min
Project-Based Learning 5 min
Go over Resources and Evaluation Hands on 5 min

Supporting research

Bootup PD
Jared O'Leary 5 Reasons why Coding is Important for Young Minds

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Brenda Bass, BootUp PD

Brenda Bass works for BootUp as a Professional Development Facilitator partnering with school districts across the US to train/support elementary teachers to implement coding in their classroom. She is a retired teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience, most recently as the STEAM Lab Teacher in Texas where she taught K-5 coding, STEAM challenges and physical computing to support science standards. She was also the robotics sponsor. Prior to the Lab, she was a Digital Learning Specialist supporting multiple campuses with technology integration, facilitating Professional Development and supporting coding clubs. Brenda has presented at TCEA and ISTE.

Laurie Green, Boot Up PD | Mrs.Geeky LLC

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