Richard Olsen – Coding and Programming

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Richard Olsen about coding, programming, and computational thinking/participation. You can read more of Richard’s work at his website.

  • How do you define coding/programming when working with educators/teachers/students?
  • In the post you discuss how coding and programming instruction is not (should not) be about skills acquisition…but rather how “coding may enable development that is not possible without coding.” Can you unpack that a bit. What knowledge, skills, and dispositions might students pick up with coding…and that is not possible without.
  • What possibilities/connections are there between coding/programming and traditional literacy/learning activities?
  • In your post you discuss the need for “loose learning environments.” Can you explain more about that?


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Tom Liam Lynch – Coding and Programming

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Tom Liam Lynch about coding, programming, computational thinking and participation. Check out Tom’s work at his website, or Gradgrind’s.

For more information, please visit this blog post.

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Kerri Lemoie – Coding and Programming

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

This interview was conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Kerri Lemoie about coding, programming, computational thinking and participation.

  • How do you define coding/programming?
  • What are the knowledge, skills, dispositions (habits of mind) that you believe are needed in coding, programming? What do students need to learn…be able to do?
  • How did you get, build, learn these skills?
  • How might we better prepare learners?


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Yasmin Kafai and Quinn Burke – Coding and Programming

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Yasmin Kafai and Quinn Burke about coding, programming, computational thinking and participating. You can review the original column here.

The four questions are:

  • How do you define coding/programming when working with educators/teachers/students?
  • What connections are there between computational thinking & participation and current classroom instruction? Why embed this into instruction?
  • What challenges and opportunities exist as we embed coding/programming into literacy activities?
  • What are possible first steps for educators considering making this happen in their classroom?

Brian Behlendorf – Hyperledger

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews provide a smart and savvy resource for individuals trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Brian Behlendorf, the Executive Director of Hyperledger Project. Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet and CTO of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm.

The Hyperledger Project is an open source collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technology by addressing important features for a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger Project as a Collaborative Project under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.

The starting four prompts for this interview are as follows:

  • What is hyperledger? How do you explain this to people that aren’t out there thinking about blockchain and distributed technologies?
  • How (and why) are you involved in hyperledger right now?
  • How do you see blockchain technology affecting the future of learning recognition and insurgent forms of credentials
  • What are the challenges and opportunities on the horizon as we investigate these new technologies?

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Kristy Pytash – Blended and Hybrid Learning

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews are meant for the smart and savvy educator in Pre-K up through higher education that is trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Kristy Pytash about hybrid and blended learning. To learn more about this specific episode, please click here.

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Tim Flanagan – Blended and Hybrid Learning

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews are meant for the smart and savvy educator in Pre-K up through higher education that is trying to understand these concepts.

This interview was conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Tim Flanagan about hybrid and blended learning. To learn more about this specific episode, please click here.

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Whitney Kilgore – Blended and Hybrid Learning

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews are for the smart and savvy educator in Pre-K up through higher education that is trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Whitney Kilgore about hybrid and blended learning. To learn more about this specific episode, please click here.

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Kathryn Kennedy – Blended & Hybrid Learning

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews are for the smart and savvy educator in Pre-K up through higher education that is trying to understand these concepts.

The interviews are conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Kathryn Kennedy about hybrid and blended learning. To learn more about this specific episode, please click here.

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Amy Hutchison – Blended & Hybrid Learning

Four Questions For is a podcast about literacy, technology & education. Each episode includes an interview with an expert in the identified area. The interviews are meant for the smart and savvy educator in Pre-K up through higher education that is trying to understand these concepts.

This interview was conducted by Ian O’Byrne.

This episode contains a brief discussion with Amy Hutchison about hybrid and blended learning. To learn more about this specific episode, please click here.

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