Connected Code: Why Children Need To Learn Programming

Hardcover | July 11, 2014

byKafai, Yasmin B., Quinn BurkeForeword byMitchel Resnick

not yet rated|write a review

Coding, once considered an arcane craft practiced by solitary techies, is now recognized by educators and theorists as a crucial skill, even a new literacy, for all children. Programming is often promoted in K-12 schools as a way to encourage "computational thinking" -- which has now become the umbrella term for understanding what computer science has to contribute to reasoning and communicating in an ever-increasingly digital world.

In Connected Code, Yasmin Kafai and Quinn Burke argue that although computational thinking represents an excellent starting point, the broader conception of "computational participation" better captures the twenty-first-century reality. Computational participation moves beyond the individual to focus on wider social networks and a DIY culture of digital "making." Kafai and Burke describe contemporary examples of computational participation: students who code not for the sake of coding but to create games, stories, and animations to share; the emergence of youth programming communities; the practices and ethical challenges of remixing (rather than starting from scratch); and the move beyond stationary screens to programmable toys, tools, and textiles.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$36.82 online
$39.00 list price (save 5%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
HURRY, ONLY 1 LEFT!

From the Publisher

Coding, once considered an arcane craft practiced by solitary techies, is now recognized by educators and theorists as a crucial skill, even a new literacy, for all children. Programming is often promoted in K-12 schools as a way to encourage "computational thinking" -- which has now become the umbrella term for understanding what comp...

Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She is the coauthor of Connected Play: Tweens in a Virtual World and the lead editor of Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming, both published by the MIT Press, and The Computer Clubhouse: ...

other books by Kafai, Yasmin B.

Makeology: Makers as Learners (Volume 2)
Makeology: Makers as Learners (Volume 2)

Kobo ebook|May 20 2016

$45.87

Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: Intersectional Perspectives and Inclusive Designs In Gaming
Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: Intersectional P...

Kobo ebook|Oct 14 2016

$4.69 online$5.99list price(save 21%)
see all books by Kafai, Yasmin B.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:July 11, 2014Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262027755

ISBN - 13:9780262027755

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Connected Code: Why Children Need To Learn Programming

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

In their book, Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming, Yasmin B. Kafai and Quinn Burke draw from their own extensive experience teaching children to code. They argue that it is not simply enough for students to learn to code, but rather for all pupils to become computational participants in today's increasingly digital society. From this perspective, learning to program is to computational participation as writing is to literacy. Computational participation goes beyond programming to include collaboration in a maker society, just as literacy goes beyond the fundamental act of writing. In addition to advocating that everyone should learn to code, Connected Code presents the developing idea of computational participation, encouraging more productive, authentic, and creative learning through collaborative processes.