Coding for kindergarteners: App teaches kids computer basics

This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games.

With Scratch Jr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements in their project move, jump, talk and change size. Users can modify various elements in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, and even insert their own photos. When many people think of computer programming, they think of something very sophisticated," says co-developer Michel Resnick of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "But we don't think it has to be that way."

ITalia Levitt, 7, left, and Charlotte Klingaman, 6, center, and Aiden Crott, 7, right, work with their ScratchJr programs on iPads at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. AP PHOTO/STEPHAN SAVOIA

ITalia Levitt, 7, left, and Charlotte Klingaman, 6, center, and Aiden Crott, 7, right, work with their ScratchJr programs on iPads at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. AP PHOTO/STEPHAN SAVOIA

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