Presenter: Mark Guzdial, Professor, School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Title: Meeting the Needs for a Computationally Literate Society
Abstract: Citizens of modern democracies need to be able to use computing to process information, express problems, investigate ideas, and develop claims with evidence. Andrea diSessa (U.California-Berkeley) called that computational literacy. The first computer scientists proposed in 1961 that all students be taught programming to achieve these goals. School has the responsibility to make citizens literate. Educators around the world are exploring the question of what constitutes computational literacy and how do we facilitate the development of computational knowledge and skills. Significant public policy questions go unanswered because we lack the research base to inform computing education efforts. I describe our efforts to embed computing education in context and to tailor the education for different communities of practice. I end with a vision for next steps towards meeting the needs of a computationally literate society.
Bio: Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He studies how people come to understand computing and how to make that more effective. He leads the CSLearning4U project to create ebooks to help high school teachers learn CS. He is one of the leads on the NSF alliance “Expanding Computing Education Pathways" which helps US states improve and broaden their computing education. He invented Media Computation which uses media as a context for learning computing. With his wife and colleague, Barbara Ericson, he received the 2010 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator award. He is an ACM Distinguished Educator and a Fellow of the ACM.