Digital Storytelling with ScratchJr

Welcome to Digital Storytelling with ScratchJr

This collection uses ScratchJr which is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. ScratchJr was one of the Top 10 Tech by School Library Journal in 2016.

The goal of this collection is to encourage children in becoming creators of digital content. We expect that engaging children in these activities will develop higher order thinking and creativity skills through exploration, experimentation, expression, and sharing.

Who is this information for?
The information presented in this collection is primarily meant for teachers and frontline staff who work directly with children to guide a program or activity.

We propose that the teachers and frontline staff use this collection to learn about digital storytelling and introduce themselves to ScratchJr. Many of the videos in this collection can be shown to children to boost their interest while using them as instructional content that act as a how-to. The PDF documents in the Activities section are meant for children use.

We will like to highlight American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations for limits on media use. In children of ages 2 to 5 years it is recommended to be 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. We suggest that children are engaged in activities from this collection within the recommend limits by conducting sessions across multiple days/weeks.

This is a pre-release work and we will greatly appreciate any feedback that you could offer as you use this collection. Please feel free to send your feedback and suggestions to ashu.guru@unl.edu.
Let's view a story made by a child using ScratchJr
Credits: Content linked to YouTube Service [https://www.youtube.com]
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Credits/Collaborators

Julie Crandall , Asst. Extension Educator

Sarah Roberts, Asst. Extension Educator

Lee Sherry, Extension Educator

Leanne Manning, Extension Educator

Holly Hatton-Bowers, Asst. Professor Child, Youth & Family Studies

Ashu Guru, Asst. Professor Teaching & Learning Specialist