Symposium on the Future of Libraries
The term “computational thinking” is used in a number of different STEM fields and can include a number of different components some of which are field-specific. However, there are universal ideas which connect them all: decomposition, pattern recognition, algorithm design, and abstraction. Many of the early literacy skills promoted in programs for young children align with computational thinking and familiar early literacy practices, like reading, singing and playing, can support both. By exploring the relationship between early literacy skills and computational thinking skills, library staff can begin to build a bridge connecting literacy and critical thinking.
Libraries are uniquely positioned to connect formal and informal learning, children’s interests and lifelong learning, and skills across subject learning and platforms. Elucidating computational thinking skills will help librarians identify opportunities to integrate the skills into programs and materials for young children and their families.
Learn what computational thinking is, especially in early childhood.
Be able to make connections between early literacy and computational thinking skills.
Learn how computational thinking can be introduced in library programs for young children using unplugged and digital activities.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, Center for the Future of Libraries
Meeting Type: Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Cost: Included with full conference registration.