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Monday, December 11 • 1:25pm - 1:55pm
Digital Storytelling (Breakout 4) LIMITED

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The ability to formulate and structure problems such that one can tell a computer how to solve them will be the defining characteristics of the future.  All professions, such as medical, education, agriculture, and more, are very likely to require computational thinking, especially in the near future.  How should we prepare the children of today for the future that we are anticipating?  
By imagining and creating a story using a tool such as Scratch Jr., young children are able to build computational thinking through coding and creativity.  Skills such as defining a problem, problem decomposition, pattern recognition, information sorting (abstraction) and step-by-step solutions (algorithm) are all included in the Scratch Jr. program.  
Our online module is a user-friendly resource for educators to engage young children (ages 5-7) in digital storytelling using Scratch Jr.  This program utilizes introductory programming language that enables children to create their own interactive stories and games.  Notably, Scratch Jr. was listed as one of the Top 10 Tech by School Library Journal in 2016.


Julie Crandall

Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension
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Ashu Guru

Teaching & Learning Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Discovering the assemblage between pedagogy and computational methodologies using technology-rich learning environments I develop programs, curriculum, and modules in collaboration with faculty and discipline-based experts. Our research tends to fall in one of the following two... Read More →

Monday December 11, 2017 1:25pm - 1:55pm CST
B2 Room, First Floor, South Hallway