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Why We Need a 4th R: Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, algoRithms

Thanks to DML Central for kindly posting my blog today:

Here's what they say about it, and I hope you will respond, leave comments, give us feedback and tunein on the Webinar hosted by Mozilla on Feb 1, info and links below:

FROM DML CENTRAL: Cathy Davidson - acclaimed author and co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory ( - explains why we should add algorithmic thinking and Webmaking to a child's educational experience, and how we could make that vision a reality. You can access Cathy's entire post. You are also invited to partake in a "Fireside Chat" with Cathy on Feb. 1 where she will discuss "Webmaking as a 21st Century Skill." Sign-up here.


Excerpts of "Why We Need a 4th R: Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, algoRithms"

Algorithmic thinking is less about "learning code" than "learning to code." You look at examples, you try your own, you run the program, you see if it works. The better you become, the more possibilities open for you. Let's start emphasizing our 4th R in kindergarten, even preschool, since, like the other literacies, algorithmic thinking is foundational. It provides an alternative to fact-based mastery and proposes, instead, iterative, process-oriented, constructive, innovative thinking. We need to be training youth who have a passion for contribution and participation, a passion to keep the Web open, and a passion and practice of democratized participation. That is their 21st century inheritance.


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