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Friday, August 3 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
A Proof of Concept: Engaging Informal Learning Practitioners & Researchers Through a Connected Learning & Computational Thinking Framework

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Research conducted in 2016 as a part of the American Library Association/Google Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) initiative identified exemplar computational thinking experiences underway in U.S. libraries. The research also surfaced barriers that prevent library staff from facilitating learning opportunities that foster computational thinking skills among youth. These barriers are two-fold: 1) organizational challenges including funding and time and 2) staff dispositions including a focus on professional expertise over youth engagement and learning. (e.g., Staff build programs based on personal expertise rather than programs based on youth interest/need.) An emerging model through which these and other barriers can be mitigated is grounded in a Connected Learning-based Computational Thinking framework. This workshop gives researchers and practitioners the opportunity to engage in discussions about this work and develop strategies for moving forward.

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Linda Braun

Learning Consultant/Educator, LEO
Linda W. Braun is a learning consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online where she works with youth serving educational institutions to help them design the best learning experiences possible for youth and families. She is a past president of the Young Adult Library Services... Read More →

Marijke Visser

Associate Director, Public Policy, American Library Association
Marijke Visser is the Associate Director for the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) at the American Library Association. She knows every kid has a spark and is most excited when the spark starts to take shape. She thinks libraries are the place to help kids make their... Read More →

Friday August 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
MIT Tang Center, E51-151 - Classroom, Building E51 2 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

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