Author Archives: Marijke Visser

The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is live!

The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is live! The App Challenge is an annual congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science through local events hosted by the Members of Congress. Between now and November 1, high school students from across the country will be busy creating an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices. This year, there ... Read More »

Applications for Libraries Ready to Code grants now open

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Those of you who signed up for email updates for the Libraries Ready to Code grant program got a sneak peek of the application last Friday. Today, it’s out for the world! Check out the Libraries Ready to Code website for all the details you’ll need to apply. We are accepting applications now through August 31, 2017. Libraries interested in ... Read More »

Ready to Code Faculty get ready to go at ALA Annual!

6 Ready to Code Faculty Fellows and 4 project team members stand in a line in front of a Google backdrop

During ALA’s recent Annual Conference in Chicago, Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) Faculty Fellows and Phase II project team met in person for the first time and for a full day and a half workshop during ALA’s Annual Conference in June. The purpose: to get deep into defining computational thinking in a way that resonates with the library community, parsing ... Read More »

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 »