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December 2016

    EDUCATION

    Don’t rush it: what ScratchJr and simple block-based programming languages teach children

    ScratchJr projects :: animated story

    I wrote this post because I heard a few parents of kids aged 5 or 6 who did a few simple ScratchJr projects mentioning that they wanted to go to the next step. With the end of Hour of Code week, it’s easy for young coders (or their parents) to succumb to the lure of a more advanced programming language. After all, these programs offer more options. You might feel that you know everything there is to know about the simple block-based language you used so far. In many cases, that would be a huge, huge mistake! Let me explain why I think this way. Continue Reading