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Thinking Like a Programmer: The Next Literacy

Demand for software developers is skyrocketing, so new coding classes and bootcamps for teens and adults are answering the call. As more people learn valuable programming skills, can they improve success across disciplines and workplaces? Does learning to approach problems like a developer afford learners critical thinking skills, social and emotional competencies, and cutting-edge literacies?

Join us in this core conversation as we use data and research to explore how things inherent to coding - iterative development, grit, resourcefulness, curiosity, problem solving, and adaptability - may improve motivation, academic progress, and life-long learning in both adolescents and adults.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Review data and research findings to explore the usefulness of Agile project management in learning, regardless of area of study.
  2. Investigate how the problem-solving cycle of software development directly addresses the NCTE’s definition of 21st Century Literacies.
  3. Analyze how SEL skills fostered in software development - such as growth mindset and embracing failure - can improve student success.



Jessi Chartier, Dir of Education, Mobile Makers

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