Teacher Review for ScratchJr

Great digital storytelling app!

Janine K.
Classroom teacher
NYC DOE
New York, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Scratchjr.org to enrich STEM learning and literacy. Students have show increased engagement in storytelling, especially narrative writing. This application fits all UDL principals due to the fact that there are choices for students to type, speak, and draw to create and design a narrative. My students love telling stories and are able to develop characters through dialogue and setting changes.
My Take
Great tool to differentiate and boost student engagement in storytelling. Scratchjr empowers even the youngest of students to develop their 21st century skills using coding and computational thinking (decomposition, pattern recognition, and algorithmic design) to collaborate and communicate while telling a story. This application gives students the power to choose how their story is told and to use code to design and create an original story, or to retell a story they know. Storytelling through code is a language for all learners and allows access to the curriculum in a way that was not possible before the creation of early learning coding apps.