Date(s) - 03/29/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In today’s age, it is important to have a basic understanding of computer programming. Although not everyone will become a computer programmer as a result, it is helpful these days to understand how computers and various software applications run code behind the scenes; plus, troubleshooting esoteric messages becomes much easier with some computer programming essentials under your belt. Without a doubt, it can be difficult to teach coding skills, but if fun and engaging tools are introduced it won’t be too bad. Thinking like a programmer does involve problem solving, but it can enhance creative confidence and inventive learning.
In this webinar:
- Learn the basics of some visual programming languages like Scratch, Hopscotch, App Inventor, Raptor and others
- Understand basic code syntax to gain important mathematical, computational, and creative thinking concepts through playful learning!
- Discover alternative tools and applications to give people practice programming while having fun!
- Gain other programming ideas, computing devices, and apps to help children & young adults thrive in a world based on technology
Register here for the live webinar or to have early access to the recording when it becomes available – all in this place! No need to register in a separate place for recording access.
Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).
While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.