“Digital Storytellers” is addressed to 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders; the program aims to enhance students’ environmental literacy and help them develop computational thinking skills. As part of the program, students are divided in pairs; each pair is provided with a tablet, equipped with a Scratch Jr. Scratch JR is an application released in 2014, developed by Tufts University, for enabling young students to easily learn programming and create various digital projects such as digital games or interactive stories and animations.
During the program, students participate in a sequence of experiential activities, aiming to develop their knowledge and skills on the follow topics: (a) the use of new technologies (specifically designed for young students) to produce digital stories through programming, (b) the development of creative thinking, (c) raise awareness on environmental issues, and (d) take active citizenship actions on these issues. By the end of the activity, each pair develops a digital story for informing their community about the waste management problem, asking others to undertake action (e.g. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
The program can accommodate a group of maximum 30 students. The MCL educators provide each group with tablets and guidance throughout the activity, as needed. The program lasts 8 hours (e.g. 4 days x 2 hours per day) and can be implemented any time during the academic year.