The educator helps students develop and participate in computational literacies by both “reading” and “writing”—in this case, by analyzing the role of computation (e.g., algorithms and data) in the media they use and by creating computational media.
Media play an important role in how we understand ourselves and the world around us. New kinds of media (in which many elementary and secondary students already participate) are often computational, meaning they are powered by data and algorithms. When students understand the computational aspects of the media they use, they can be more empowered and critically aware users of technology. Consider the following elements of computational media and the effects they can have on society:
Being literate implies more than just having the skills of reading and writing words on a page: it is being able to use those skills to make meaning and communicate with other people. The same is true for computational literacy. When students participate in computational literacy, they are shaping their identities through self-expression and by internalizing messages from the culture around them. Students often participate deeply in literacies which go unrecognized in school. By including students’ computational literacies in the classroom and helping them to participate constructively, students can learn in ways that are already meaningful to them and develop their critical awareness of disempowering ideas in their everyday lives.
To earn the micro-credential, you must earn a “passing” evaluation for Parts 1 and 3, and a “Yes” for each component of Part 2. In the assessment of this micro-credential, an educator will submit a portfolio of student participation in computational literacy. The educator will submit at least one artifact in which a student analyzes the role of computation in a medium in which they participated, and at least one artifact in which a student creates a computational artifact for an audience of peers.
(300-word limit total)
Please answer the following questions:
To earn this micro-credential, please submit the following:
1) Student artifacts
Submit a portfolio of student participation in computational literacy. The following artifacts do not need to come from the same student.
2) Analysis of student artifacts
(600-word limit total)
As you answer the following questions, refer to specific evidence from the artifacts submitted.
What opportunities exist within your teaching, the school, students’ families, and the community for greater participation in computational literacies? How might these opportunities benefit specific students or groups within the student body? What barriers exist, and what challenges might come with greater inclusion of students’ computational literacies into these spaces?