Sadly, I don't have an iPad or Android-based tablet, so I was unable to download the ScratchJr app to test it, but judging by the book and my experience with Scratch, I'm sure it's a wonderful tool for inspiring creativity and logical thinking.
Here's what I like about The Official ScratchJr. Book:
- It targets a very young audience - ages 5 and up
- It can be useful for parents and teachers and librarians - especially those who might find coding to be intimidating
- Unlike the Hour of Code (which I love and have used as a resource for library programming), The Official ScratchJr Book focuses more on inspiring creativity than learning the nuts and bolts of logical thinking
- The above statement notwithstanding, it still can be used to learn the nuts and bolts of simple coding and logical thinking
I'm going to pass my copy along to my school district's media specialist. The kids have Chromebooks and should be able to make good use of it.
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