What I learned from my ALA hotel experience

I was a very late addition to the annual meeting of the American Library Association, deciding on Wednesday that I would come to San Francisco for the weekend for some library learning. I had recently placed a focus on libraries as the ideal host for Code Clubs, with...

The Story of Code Club – in a GIF

I had an opportunity to talk about Code Club with a roomful of technology-savvy librarians today. It was fascinating to simulate the coding program we run in public libraries, but with grownups. We went to through a live simulation of a functioning Code Club, watching...

Coding at the Library – a few examples

At Prenda, our goal is to introduce as many kids as possible to the wonders of computer programming. We think the public library (supercharged with the internet) is the perfect place to do it. Fortunately we are not the only ones who feel this way. Over the past few...

Why I never answer questions at Code Club

It’s hard to learn how to code (but totally worth the effort). The concepts are hard, including everything from variables to loops to conditional logic to functions. The syntax and vocabulary are hard to master. Getting a project to actually work feels daunting...