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Thursday, February 28 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Refactoring Instruction: Thinking Like an Engineer in the Language Arts Classroom

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Code literacy has rapidly become the single most sought after skill a prospective employee can bring into the workforce, and yet it is simply not taught in most schools, often because the instructors themselves are not code literate. Without this basic literacy, we face an ever widening opportunity gap that will leave behind female, minority, and low income students. The solution is nonetheless within reach for all of us, regardless of our technical skills: teach our students to think like a coder. In this session, Blake and Carrie will show you how to adapt your language and instruction to lay the foundation for critical thinking skills central to engineering applications for mobile and web platforms. They will arm you with simple logical constructions to shift your thinking. They will dazzle you with Shakespeare rewritten in simple, elegant code. They will even teach you a little Python so that you, too, can spin poetry from punctuation. Whether you are a competent coder or code illiterate, there is a place for you at the table. Please bring your computer or tablet.

Thursday February 28, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Schaumburg D
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