Scratching the surface at State Library

Marsden State High School students are visiting State Library of Queensland this week to learn to use Scratch animation techniques and build their digital literacy.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the workshops would develop students’ confidence and interest in learning through digital mediums and text in a fun and playful environment.

“We have partnered with Queensland University of Technology, Logan City Council Libraries, and Marsden State High School to deliver Scratching the Surface, a three-stage project designed to build students’ capacity, skills, and knowledge,” said Ms Wright.

“Digital animation is an effective way to engage young people from diverse linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds and has been shown to be instrumental in improving literacy outcomes in both traditional text and digital media,” she said.

Scratch is a free program produced by Massachusetts Institute of Technology that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art.

Following the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to train as peer leaders in Scratch software, and use their skills to help establish an ongoing series of Scratch workshops at Logan City Council Libraries.

Ms Wright said libraries had an important role to play in providing informal learning opportunities.

“Working with schools and communities, libraries can help vulnerable children develop language and cognitive skills from basic literacy through to problem solving and creative and critical thinking,” she said.

Photo op with Marsden SHS students attending workshop, Thu 20 June, 10am-10.30am at State Library of Queensland. Please confirm attendance.

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