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Thursday, August 18 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Why Teach Coding? A Friendly Debate

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Coding is an incredibly popular subject in schools and in game-based learning. Right now there is an abundance of excellent apps and games for teaching programming for ages 4-18. Broadly speaking, these tools either use drag-and-drop ‘block programming’ or ask players to type script or code - approaches with very different goals and affordances often lost in the rush to "teach programming." \ \ In the spirit of “tastes great/less filling” we offer a debate between these different approaches that educational designers are taking to “teach coding”. Is the point to develop algorithmic thinking, to learn real languages, or to build something? Is it ‘better’ to start with blocks or jump right into text? Why is this so important in the first place? Join CodeMonkey, AllCanCode, and BrainPOP as they argue productively over something that they really agree on - and learn about practical pedagogical issues with STEM education along the way.

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Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau

Professor of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Dr. Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau is a Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an expert in file and storage systems, having published more than 80 papers in this area, co-advised nearly 20 Ph.D. students, and received nine best paper awards; for her... Read More →
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Yasmin Kafai

Chair, Teaching Learning & Leadership Division, University of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher, designer, and developer of online communities and tools (ecrafting.org, stitchtfest.org, and scratch.mit.edu) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Book publications include Connected Code, Connected Play, The Computer Clubhouse, Textile Messages, and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working wit... Read More →

Thursday August 18, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Traditions Union South