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Libraries & Public Media: Family Engagement to Advance Young Children’s Computational Thinking
Computational thinking (CT) is now a recognized 21st century literacy that even young children need exposure to. This webinar is for libraries interested in CT programming for families. It presents seminal work conducted by public media, libraries, researchers, and CT experts to determine what CT skills 4- and 5-year-olds are capable of, develop resources to support those skills, and pilot family engagement in libraries. Presenters are from the M.R. Davis Southaven Public Library in MS, the Homer Public Library in AK, and GBH Boston, a leading producer of educational STEM media.

Participants will leave with:
- a definition of CT for 4- and 5-year-olds and a learning framework of what should be taught;
- an appreciation for the potential of partnering with public media to serve families;
- insights from librarians in MS and AK who tested the resources; and,
- the inside scoop on how public media’s CT resources will move forward with libraries.

Presenters:
- Gay Mohrbacher, Senior Project Manager in Education, GBH in Boston, MA
- Nettie Moore, Children & Youth Specialist, M.R. Davis Southaven Public Library in Southaven, MS
- Claudia Haines, Youth Services Librarian, Homer Public Library, Homer, AK

Dec 15, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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