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Computational Participation: Coding and Programming as Literacy Activities

Over the past two years I have served as Multiliteracies Department Editor for the Journal and Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL). You can review the work that we have produced and the accompanying video interviews through this thread.

Computational Thinking and Computational Participation

For this column, I worked with Quinn Burke and Yasmin Kafai to discuss opportunities for coding and programming in a literacy-based classroom. We make the case for coding as a new literacy and the potential of teaching code to middle school and high school novices through a series of workshops. Through the workshop process, we argue that children not only develop the logic and problem-solving to think computationally, but also to socialize with each other through their coded stories, developing a wider appreciation of what it means to participate computationally.

In this post, we’re sharing the manuscript that was submitted for publication. You can access the published version here. Alternatively, you can review and comment on the Google Doc.

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Originally published at W. Ian O’Byrne.