Readings

There are four required readings. Additional readings may be found under bibliography.

These they are short and direct texts selected as “jumping off points” for discussion. All are available online. Please read them, it shouldn’t take you very long.

 

1. What do we mean when we say “computational thinking?”

“BBC Bitesize – KS3 Computer Science – Introduction to Computational Thinking – Revision 1.” Accessed August 15, 2017. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/ zp92mp3/revision.

 

2. What is constructionism and what does it have to do with computation?

Ackermann, Edith. “Piaget’s Constructivism, Papert’s Constructionism: What’s the Difference.” Future of Learning Group Publication 5, no. 3 (2001): 438. http://www.sylviastipich.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Coursera-Piaget-_-Papert.pdf

 

3. Aesthetics: How does computational thinking change the way we convey a story? Pay attention to Bishop’s use of first-person observation and technique of refinement. How does she describe a scene?

“The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop – Poems | Academy of American Poets.” Text. The Fish, March 29, 2011. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/fish-2.

 

4. Cultural aesthetics: How do we collectively remember? What does the approach have to do with time? How does this change?

Kennicott, Philip. “Landscape and Memory.” The New Republic, March 22, 2010. https://newrepublic.com/article/73893/landscape-and-memory.