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 +======Scratch Jr======
 +{{:​digital_literacy:​technology_resources:​scratch_jr:​scratchjr.jpg?​nolink |}}[[http://​www.scratchjr.org/​|Scratch Jr]] is a programming language specifically designed for 5-7 year olds. Scratch Jr is the sibling of the web based software Scratch. With the Scratch software, kids can create stories, interactive games, collages, or anything they can imagine!
  
 +Scratch Jr is designed to match the cognitive abilities of young children and provides an entry point for everybody, regardless of where they are at with their learning and abilities.
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 +Kids love the digital storyboard concept, the colorful icons and built-in characters. With Scratch, they become the storytellers,​ the directors of the next great adventure.
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 +| **Recommended Ages** | Prep to Year 2 (ages 5 to 7) |
 +| **Product Cost** | Free |
 +| **Where to Purchase** | [[https://​play.google.com/​store/​apps/​details?​id=org.scratchjr.android&​hl=en_AU|Google Play Store]] and [[https://​apps.apple.com/​au/​app/​scratchjr/​id895485086|Apple App Store]] |
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 +=====Activities=====
 +  * [[digital_literacy:​technology_resources:​scratch_jr:​storytelling]]
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 +=====Resources=====
 +  * {{ :​digital_literacy:​technology_resources:​scratch:​scratch_jr_blocks_guide.pdf |Scratch Jr Blocks Guide (pdf)}}
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 +=====Tips=====
 +===What are the differences with Scratch Jr?===
 +  * Scratch Jr is optimized for tablets using the touch interface, while Scratch is designed for PCs using a mouse
 +  * Blocks stack left to right instead of up and down. The blocks also take on a similar size in width and height. Looping blocks such as "​repeat"​ loop above and over blocks placed in the loop.
 +  * There are less block categories and types of blocks, containing the blocks most used by 5-7 year olds. There are no conditional (if/else), variables or mathematic blocks compared to Scratch.
 +  * Broadcasts are limited to 6 broadcasts on each page which are identified by a colour, keeping it simple for kids.
 +  * Pages are known as Scenes in Scratch and like a book, a page contains characters and a background. Scratch Jr is limited to only 4 pages.
 +  * Paint Editor is simplified in Scratch Jr.
 +  * Sound recording is limited to around a minute each and each character can only have up to 5 recorded sounds.
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 +===What are the timings/​measurements used in Scratch Jr?===
 +  * The stage is divided up into a grid, 20 squares wide and 15 squares high
 +  * Each step in a motion block (up, down, left, right) is moving 1 grid square in distance
 +  * When using the Rotate left/right block, each step is 30 degrees. A full rotation is 12 steps
 +  * The delay block times each step as a tenth of a second. To delay your script for 1 second, you need to use 10 steps
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