5 Activities to Boost Computational Thinking in the Library

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At the National Association of School Librarian’s Conference in November, I had the pleasure of meeting Lorena Swetnam and Cynthia Johnson, middle school librarians at Blythwood Middle School and Longleaf Middle School in Columbia, South Carolina. They presented on how they’ve introduced computational thinking in their libraries. They’ve pulled together their story with some great example activities and photos. Check it out!—School and Library Publishing Director Jenny Krueger 

Working in a middle school means every day with our students is unique and full of surprises. In the last year, we have worked together to create opportunities for our students and teachers to tinker, create, and collaborate. These makerspace activities allow us to see computational thinking skills in action: logics, algorithms, decomposition, patterns abstraction, and evaluation.

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Coding Resources for School Librarians (and a Call for Authors!)

coding resources for school librarians

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. Read More