Computational Participation: Coding and Programming as Literacy Activities

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 below. Please feel free to share widely.

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20 Comments Computational Participation: Coding and Programming as Literacy Activities

  1. wiobyrne

    Our column on Computational Participation: Understanding coding as an extension of literacy instruction was recently published in JAAL. I co-wrote the column with Quinn Burke and Yasmin Kafai.
    As a supplement to the column, we invited a series of experts to spend some time discussing the broader impact of the details presented. The end result is a series of short interviews with experts responding to a set of four questions about the column. You can review the video of the interview and four questions used at the bottom of this post.
    This interview is part of a larger collection of interviews that are available on the Four Questions For podcast. This podcast is 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.
    You can subscribe to the podcast using your favorite podcatcher. Click here to go directly to this episode with Tom.
    Four Questions for Tom Liam Lynch
    Tom Liam Lynch in an Assistant Professor of Educational Technologies at Pace University. You can follow more of his work at his blog. You should definitely check out his book.

    How do you define coding/programming when working with educators/teachers/students?
    What connections are there between computational thinking & participation and classroom instruction?
    What possibilities/connections are there between coding/programming and literacy activities? (I’ve always wondered about connections between this work and the writing process)
    What are possible first steps for educators considering making this happen in their classroom?
    Cover photo by ML-Works shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

    Also published on Medium.

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