Getting #ReadytoCode during #CSEdWeek

Throughout CS Education Week we are talking about the Libraries Ready to Code project to share some of the themes and recommendations that emerged over the course of the past year’s work. Some of the issues librarians we interviewed raised repeatedly relate to getting started in coding activities for youth.

Yesterday, Ready to Code advisory committee member, Crystle Martin wrote about three ways for “novice librarian coders” to implement coding activities in their libraries:

  • Work with older teens with coding skills to facilitate programs
  • Use existing programs like those offered by the Coding for All project
  • Learn along with youth and design coding activities as co-learning experiences.

Today we are cross-posting an interview with #ReadytoCode researcher and YALSA CS consultant, Linda Braun, and Alyssa Newton, Assistant Director and Teen Librarian at the Onondaga Free Library in Syracuse New York that originally appeared as a YALSA Snack Break in October 2016. Alyssa’s advice for getting started? “Definitely be flexible! Try different things. Get support from your administrator for finding time to develop your programs and seek out professional development opportunities.” She has a number of other recommendations for building a strong coding program for and with youth. In the 16-minute video you’ll hear how Alyssa is partnering with a local middle school, community members and area businesses to guarantee youth learn coding and computer science literacy as well as why and how she sets goals for her programs. Other topics covered in the video include the importance of focusing on teen passions and interests and being ready to learn alongside teens for successful coding activities that go beyond coding and bring out computational thinking skills – which are the real end game for libraries.

Upcoming events
On Thursday, December 8 from 3:00-4:00 Eastern time, members of the #ReadytoCode advisory committee will hold a Tweet Chat, where the floor is open to share your own experiences and engage in conversation with other library staff providing youth coding activities

Join the conversation throughout the week @youthandtech #ReadytoCode #CSForAll and #csedweek.

In case you missed the previous #ReadytoCode posts check them out:

http://www.districtdispatch.org/2016/12/coding-libraries-not-just-experts/
http://www.districtdispatch.org/2016/12/libraries-ready-code-white-house/
http://www.districtdispatch.org/2016/12/cs-education-week-2016/

About Marijke Visser

As associate director and senior policy advocate, Marijke leads and coordinates all of ALA’s work on E-rate. In addition, Marijke supports the Program on Networks focusing on broadband adoption issues for diverse populations. Marijke also serves as Program Director for OITP’s emerging portfolio on children, youth, and technology.

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