(17 Apr 2023) Computational thinking (CT), the concepts and practices associated with using computers and technology to solve problems, is becoming one among many new literacies of the 21st century and is increasingly considered a critical skill for academic and career success. Urban, rural, and at-risk youth are often in school systems that are least able to provide comprehensive CT education, and they are unlikely to have the resources or support to learn these skills at home despite arguably being the population who could most benefit from them. Libraries have stepped in to provide CT educational programs for these youth.
Mega Subramaniam, a Professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, addressed this issue and developed an assessment tool with input from 70 library staff from around the country.
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