By Product Planning Director Jenny Krueger
When you think of school libraries, what are the first words that come to mind? Books? Reading? Research? How about coding?
School librarians are educating a generation of students to be tech-savvy digital citizens. My son, for example, knows what an algorithm is. He knows how to use a Raspberry Pi, and he takes a coding class two days per week. He is seven years old. It’s a brave new world, and school librarians are building it.
Coding resources for school librarians
At the Texas Library Association conference in 2017, Allyssa Loya, a library media specialist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, presented to a packed room on getting her coding club up and running in the school library. Loya told a group of librarians (and one product planner) how she did it. Her presentation is chock-full of coding resources, from web sites to robotics.
In the audience, I chatted with librarians about coding in the school library. A common theme emerged—they had not gotten started with coding, but they knew they had to get up to speed, fast.
Lerner Publications strives to give librarians the resources they need as they emerge as the leaders of tech education in schools. We’ve had an overwhelming response to our Kids Get Coding series, the lowest-level coding concepts series on the market.
Call for submissions
More coding resources for school librarians are needed, and that’s where you come in! Are you passionate about computational thinking? Are you a Minecraft Mod master? We’re looking for more tech experts to help us provide resources to school librarians. If you’ve ever thought of writing for children and you have a strong tech background, you might be the perfect fit.
If you’re interested in writing on a work-for-hire basis, you can submit your resume and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Writing samples should be 3–5 pages long, double spaced. We will consider resumes without writing samples as well.
This open call for submissions begins today, October 27, and will last until November 30, 2017.
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