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SIE #7: Computational Thinking at the iSchools: Why Bother?
11:00am - 12:30pm
Session Chair: Mega Subramaniam, University of Maryland
Location:Siemens Mindsphere Lounge (Diamond) The Diamond
Computational Thinking at the iSchools: Why Bother?
Mega Subramaniam, Hai Hong, Marijke Visser, Melissa Johnston, Colette Drouillard, Stephanie Long-Murphy
One of the challenges of the digital world is developing a workforce that is equipped and qualified for the current digital economy. In order to address this challenge, initiatives, such as Libraries Ready to Code, are focusing on developing computational thinking (CT) in young people. Researchers and educators from fields, such as the learning sciences, social sciences, and information sciences, are exploring how informal learning spaces such as libraries and other community spaces can be leveraged as computer science learning spaces. This Session for Interaction and Engagement will stimulate discussion on research opportunities in CT that leverage the unique strengths and interests of iSchools and roles that iSchools must play in preparing information professionals who have CT skills; resulting in concrete takeaways related to CT in iSchools such as ideas for future research, redesigned courses and curricula, and other larger initiatives.