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Learning to Code, Coding to Learn
Thu, 27 October 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Join us as we celebrate National School Library Day with guest speaker Dr. Eric Meyers.
Learning to Code, Coding to Learn:
How Computational Learning Can Improve Student Outcomes
Dr. Eric Meyers, Associate Professor
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, UBC
A new curriculum unveiled in January will have all of British Columbia’s K-12 students “coding” in an effort to build capacity for Canada’s growing technology workforce. But writing computer code is not just for those seeking careers in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) like Computer Science. Coding can help students develop problem solving skills and digital literacies, making them more sophisticated users of everyday technologies, regardless of their field of study. Eric will discuss several projects he and his students are developing in collaboration with public and school libraries, including curriculum for physical computing and programmable robots.
Eric Meyers is an Associate Professor of Information Science at the University of British Columbia. His recent work with youth has focused on how crafting and prototyping activities in informal learning settings, specifically Maker Camps and library-based coding and crafting programs, support the development of design literacies and computational thinking, the skills and attitudes that facilitate understanding of today's complex information and communication technologies.