Author Archives: Marijke Visser

Washington Office at Annual 2017: Libraries #ReadytoCode

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Are you tracking what’s going on with coding in libraries? OITP’s Libraries #ReadytoCode initiative is in full swing and if you haven’t heard, you can find out more in Chicago. The Ready to Code team is building off our Phase I project report to address some of the recommendations on support, resources and capacity school and public libraries need to ... Read More »

UMD, OITP and YALSA announce first cohort of YX Librarians

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ALA’s Office of Information and Technology Policy is pleased to support the University of Maryland’s iSchool YX Graduate Certificate program as part of its Youth & Technology portfolio. We will be working closely with the YX partners to explore how the participating students’ work can augment our Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) initiative. Dr. Mega Subramaniam and Linda Braun, faculty ... Read More »

The Tessera: a ghost story to spark computational thinking

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Inspire yourself and your teens to try something new during Teen Tech Week. Today’s guest post for #TTW17 comes from the team that designed The Tessera, an Alternative Reality Game (ARG) that introduces computational thinking concepts and computer history to teen players who solve challenges to defy the chaos triggered by the sinister “S.” by Elizabeth Bonsignore, Katie Kaczmarek, Kari ... Read More »

Google: libraries get youth excited about CS

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As part of our participation in Teen Tech Week, today we are pleased to share a post about our collaboration with Google on Libraries Ready to Code. This post by Hai Hong, a Computer Science Education Program Manager at Google, introduces the partnership between ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Google to equip librarians with the skills, support, ... Read More »

Teen Tech Week: computational literacy

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Today we kick of Teen Tech Week with a guest post by OITP Youth & Technology Fellow, Chris Harris. Chris is the director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in rural western New York. Read further to build your understanding and appreciation of “computational thinking.” Follow #readytocode and #TTW17 for posts throughout the week. What ... Read More »