Introduce Kids to Programming With Scratch Jr for Android
The popular Scratch programming environment is now available for students to use on their Android tablets. Scratch Jr has been available on iPads for over a year and now it is available on Android too. (Thanks to Danny Nicholson for the news).
On Scratch Jr for Android studetns can program multimedia stories and games. To program a story or game on Scratch Jr students select background settings for each frame. Then in each frame students select the actions that they want their characters to take. Students snap programming pieces together to make characters move and talk in their stories and games.
Check out the ScratchED community for great examples of teachers using Scratch in their classrooms. The video below was published when Scratch Jr came to the iPad. The concepts in it apply to the Android version as well.