The call for participation in OITP’s Ready to Code Phase II (RtC) is open now. In partnership with the University of Maryland’s iSchool and with support from Google, Inc., we are seeking full-time faculty members of ALA accredited graduate schools of Library and Information Science or graduate schools that provide school library certification programs in the U.S. to become RtC Faculty Fellows. LIS faculty applicants must be teaching technology/media course(s) in Fall 2017 tailored for pre-service library staff planning on working with children and teens.
Ready to Code Phase II: Embedding RtC Concepts in Library and Information Science Curricula, builds on one of the recommendations from the recently released Ready to Code: Connecting Youth to CS Opportunity through Libraries (pdf). Findings from Phase I highlight the need for pre-service librarians to have access to courses that prepare them with skills to design and implement youth learning programs infused with RtC core concepts (pdf). These concepts are integral to ensuring library programs provide youth with opportunity to develop computational thinking skills while inspiring them to explore the intersection of coding and computer science with their personal interests and passions. A cohort of RtC Faculty Fellows will work with the project team to address this challenge throughout 2017.
RtC Faculty Fellows will work with the RtC Phase II project team to develop, revise and pilot technology and media curricula that infuses existing courses with content and learning experiences grounded in RtC concepts. The resulting curricula will challenge future librarians working with children and teens to develop requisite teaching skills and pedagogical expertise to engage with children and teens through programs and experiences that foster computational thinking.
The RtC project team held a virtual information session last week, but if you missed it, the recording and slides (pdf) are now available. The application period closes February 28, 2017. More information, including the application, is available on the Libraries Ready to Code website.