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Learning Resources Designer, Scratch

by Helene B. Kelsey

Nov. 16, 2017

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Job Description

The Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab is seeking an experienced and thoughtful resource developer to create online media and printed materials that introduce creative learning with Scratch. Help brainstorm, write, and develop inviting materials that support children and teens in learning to make projects with the Scratch creative coding environment.

Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) is a free visual programming language that engages kids in creative learning experiences. Young people (ages 8 to 16) around the world are using Scratch to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations, and share their creations with one another in an online community. Since launch in 2007, Scratchers have created more than 9 million projects in 140 countries and in more than 50 languages.

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension based on funding and project priorities. This position is located at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA.


Responsibilities

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Develop support materials that help children and teens engage in creative learning activities and workshops using the Scratch coding environment
  • Collaborate closely with Scratch Team colleagues to edit, revise, and expand on existing materials
  • Edit webpages to integrate Scratch tutorials, videos, and support materials into the Scratch website
  •  Create and edit screen-capture videos and animated images for use in tutorials and on the Scratch website

Qualifications

Experience Needed:

  • Experience writing and revising learning resources for young people, ideally with a focus on helping people create and design their own projects
  • Demonstrated ability to prototype, iterate, revise and improve, based on feedback from team members and community members
  • Experience leading activities for youth from diverse backgrounds in camps, museums, or after-school programs
  • Experience creating, scripting, and editing screen-captured videos and webpages
  • Experience creating projects with Scratch
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a writer and/or educator (Master’s preferred)

Skills Needed

  •  Strong conceptual and creative skills
  •  Clear, concise, and inviting style of writing
  • Fluency with Photoshop or other image-editing software and editing HTML pages
  • Skilled at collaborating as part of a team but also working independently 
  •  Attention and care to details in design and editing
  • Quick at learning new software tools

To apply, go to careers.mit.edu and search for job ID # 15427.

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