• Early Childhood
  • ICT Skills and Integration
  • STEM
  • Technologies

Scratch Jr and DT skills for junior years (1-4)

PL # 12193.


Starting on 3 Apr 2019
Cancellation permitted until 01/04/2019

Event registrations closed on 1/04/2019


This very hands-on workshop introduces and explores the iPad ScratchJr app as well as a range of other simple activities for engaging junior primary students in the fundamentals of computational thinking (the Digital Technologies subject) and the ICT Capability. It would best suit teachers and support staff of Years 1-4.

ScratchJr, a free iPad app, is the introductory version of the powerful Scratch programming app that is used in older grades and popular around the world. ScratchJr is icon-based and has many simple ready-made features to make coding accessible. These features allow students to explore elements of computational thinking, such as sequencing, patterns, symbols, algorithms and logic while learning about menu navigation and common elements of user interfaces. In addition, ScratchJr has enough features to still challenge more able or older students. Used creatively, first-time coders in upper primary could still be challenged, opening up opportunities for "buddy-based" collaborations between classes.

Other simple apps, resources, tech equipment and "unplugged" (non computer based) activities for supporting computational thinking, and links to the DT curriculum, will also be explored in practical ways.

Participants will become familiar with the terminology and intentions of the Digital Technologies subject and its link to STEaM/STEM.

AISWA equipment is available to use.

More Information


Jan Clarke (AISWA Staff)

ICT Capability, Technologies And STEM Consultant

Jan Clarke has been with AISWA since 2008. She has teaching experience in both primary and secondary education, including G&T and Computing education, HoLA for Technology and Enterprise and management of competency-based certificate qualifications. She has now actively incorporated ICT in her teaching for over 25 years and has a strong belief in its potential for enhancing and extending student engagement and learning. Jan has a BEd (Curriculum), Grad Dip in Comp Sci (Education) and a Cert IV in WTA. In addition to the core business of supporting schools with ICT integration, at AISWA she has: assisted schools with the introduction of the WACE T&E subjects; represented AISWA on panels for SCSA and ACARA; reported on impacts of the DER; collaborated with ECU and UWA on research projects; represented AISWA with papers and workshops at conferences in Australia and overseas and has developed and shared many ICT-related teaching and learning resources.


Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 09:00
Finishes: 15:00


AISWA Training Room Suite 6A (First Floor)
Suite 6, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017


Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

Location Specifics

Lunch is provided.

Learning Area

  • Early Childhood
  • ICT Skills and Integration
  • STEM
  • Technologies

School Area

  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Education Assistants

Event Contact

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