The future of computing education is in providing literacy to all: Video of SIGCSE 2019 Keynote now available

November 25, 2019 at 2:00 am 1 comment

Here in the United States, it’s Thanksgiving week, so it’s a good time to put a cap on one of the events that I’m most thankful for this year.

My keynote at SIGCSE 2019, Computing Education as a Foundation for 21st Century Literacy, was recorded, but something went wrong with the audio. (That happens when the audio includes speaking, singing, harmonica, ukulele, and totally messed up digital sounds.) I reached out to Rebecca Quintana of U. Michigan’s Center for Academic Innovation, and they agreed to re-record my lecture in the studio with a professional engineer. It’s a series of smaller videos, rather than one long one hour video.

The crowdsourced blog post about the keynote is here, and my post with my many thanks is here. The slides are available here:

I fixed some typos and updated a bit the extended abstract associated with the talk. You can get the (non-paywalled) updated paper here.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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  • 1. orcmid  |  November 25, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Thank you for the extended abstract. It is very handy. It is a little amusing that the Katie Rich, summary of 5 features is an adequate characterization of Turing Machines and of algorithms as they are characterized.

    I am puzzled a little bit about how one moves from what a program or computation is, versus what it happens to be for in a purposive setting. Perhaps it is a bit like moving from arithmetic, a set of mechanical procedures, to something more like mathematics. But “what is it for” remains a question, seems to me.

    When I learned to program, before there was such a thing as computer science as a discipline, I am pretty certain I did not have such questions. But, at some point, it came to matter and fitness-for-purpose, something above the program alone, became important as did the social aspects around elaborate suites of programs for serious human purposes. Looking back, I cannot determine how my attention was expanded to such matters. I wonder where in a curriculum it would fit.


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