Code and Tell: An Exploration of Peer Interviews and Computational Thinking With ScratchJr in the Early Childhood Classroom.
Abstract: The ScratchJr programming language and iPad app were created in a collaboration by Tufts University's Developmental Technologies Research Group, MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten Group and the Playful Invention Company in order to provide young children with a developmentally appropriate way to learn foundational computer programming while creating animated stories and games. In this... read morethesis, I present a novel activity called "Code and Tell," designed specifically to supplement early childhood classrooms learning to code and create projects with ScratchJr. Students in three second grade classes learned foundational computational thinking concepts using ScratchJr and applied what they learned to the creation of animated collages, stories, and games. They participated in the Code and Tell activity three times, which involved conducting artifact-based video interviews with each other in pairs using their iPad cameras. Through an exploration of the Code and Tell activity, this thesis seeks to begin to understand the computational thinking learning opportunities that ScratchJr provides to the early childhood classroom when combined with a peer interviewing activity.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Study and Human Development.
Advisor: Marina Bers.
Committee: Bruce Johnson, and Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde.
Keywords: Early childhood education, Developmental psychology, and Computer science.read less