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No, we’re not PLAYING Minecraft, we’re PROGRAMMING it!

“Coding describes a wide range of behaviors in which we solve a problem by writing procedural steps for a person, computer, or machine to follow.”

~ Chad Sansing

Sansing’s quote is from an article of the urgency of teaching what is commonly being referred to as the “language oft he future” For people who have any job in technology, this has been a language for a very long time.

But for Mead elementary students (all the LITS are offering “Hour of Code” programming this week –in honor and participation of International–Computer Science Week) it’s a time to program a game they love to play: Minecraft.

Hour of Code promotional video

My friend Joy made this pictogram: I like it. Whenever I made a pictochart/pictogram it looks like my crowded scrapbook pages (when I had time to scrapbook) Anyway, the kids love it, and nearly everyone experienced success and engagement and none of this means I prefer coding to READING, you dig? There’s a place for everything in the library, though!

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I am a Library Information Technology Specialist at Midway Elementary; a K-6 school in the Mead School District north of Spokane, Washington. My goal is to help grow engaged, empowered, thoughtful and responsible digital citizens who also have a high regard for the beauty of the written word. Yes! You can be both a TECHY and a BOOKY. Some of my favorite people are (and so am I!)

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