[kids-lib] Free Webinar from PLA on Tuesday, Dec 4th: Computational Thinking & Early Literacy

Greta Bergquist greta.bergquist at state.or.us
Tue Nov 27 10:09:16 PST 2018

Hi folks,

Here’s a free webinar from PLA that looks like it could be helpful if you’ve been doing early literacy for a while and are in need of some new ways of framing it!

Happy Tuesday,

Greta B

Greta Bergquist
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PLA Webinar
Thinking Sideways: Computational Thinking and Early Literacy

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM Central


How do we prepare young children to be able to communicate and express themselves in any medium? What are the key critical thinking skills that young children need in order to understand, navigate, and create material in all formats?

Computational thinking is a problem-solving process often associated with computer science, programming, and coding. However, the universal ideas behind computational thinking—decomposition, pattern recognition, and abstraction and algorithmic design—are concepts most children’s librarians and early childhood educators know. By exploring the relationship between early literacy and computational thinking skills, library staff can challenge themselves to think differently about the ways their work supports the whole child.

This webinar<http://ala.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT04MTI4OTQ0JnA9MSZ1PTEwMTg3ODQzMTcmbGk9NjA3MDEwMTg/index.html> will explore components of computational thinking, what it looks like in early childhood, and how library staff use developmentally appropriate activities to support whole-child development. Young children can become successful problem-solvers, creative thinkers, and lifelong learners at the library.

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  *   Learn what computational thinking is, especially in early childhood;
  *   Be able to make connections between early literacy and computational thinking skills; and
  *   Learn how computational thinking can be introduced in library programs for young children using unplugged and digital activities.



Claudia Haines supports kids, teens, and families with dynamic programs and access to great media of all kinds as the youth services librarian at the Homer Public Library in Alaska. She advises and trains other librarians on media mentorship and serves on both local and national committees that support families and literacy. She has written for multiple sources on the topic of media mentorship and literacy in the Digital Age.


Paula Langsam is a children’s librarian at DC Public Library. With the Libraries Ready to Code grant, she led a group of library staff in creating and presenting family programs about computational thinking across the city. She is a contributor to the “50+ Coding Projects” publication expected in 2019.

Registration Details:

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Time: 1:00–2:00 PM Central

Who Should Attend:

This free webinar is intended for children's services staff, managers, library directors and administrators, early literacy specialists, and technology specialists with limited or no knowledge of computational thinking.


THIS WEBINAR IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. You can register for this webinar until it begins, or until space is no longer available, whichever comes first. Please do not register unless you are sincere about attending the live webinar. Space is limited, and signing up and not attending may deprive someone else of the opportunity. Thank you for your cooperation.



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