Author Archives: Marijke Visser

The Tessera: a ghost story to spark computational thinking

dark room with chest of drawers and old typewriter holding paper

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

adult man with young boy sitting at computer monitor at a desk in a library with bookshelves in background

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

Closeup of child's hands on a laptop keyboard, display shows some sort of coding program

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 »

OITP takes over @YALSA for Teen Tech Week #TTW17

Teen Tech Week 2017 logo "Be the Source of Change" catchphrase.

ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) kicks off its annual Teen Tech Week (#TTW17) this Monday. The Office for Information Technology Policy will be participating throughout the week and round it off with a Twitter Takeover on Friday, March 10. This year’s theme, Be the Source of Change, is perfect for the Libraries Ready to Code project. #TTW17 challenges teens ... Read More »

Concerns about FCC E-rate letter on fiber broadband deployment

While we anticipated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would take a look at its Universal Service Fund (USF) programs once Chairman Pai was in place, we did not anticipate the speed at which moves to review and evaluate previous actions would occur. After the Commission retracted the “E-rate Modernization Report,” our E-rate ears have been itching with concern that our ... Read More »