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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