Critical computational empowerment: Engaging youth as shapers of the digital future

Mike Tissenbaum, Josh Sheldon, Lissa Seop, Clifford H. Lee, Natalie Lao

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Abstract

While there is growing recognition of the need to support young learners as they develop computational thinking (CT) skills, this paper advocates for an increased focus on computational identity (CI) and digital empowerment (DE) in particular, as we posit that these CT skills will help young learners become self-motivated, innovative creators. When nurturing identity and empowerment, it is a persistent challenge to provide youth with real-world experiences and suitable development tools. This paper advances two key approaches to address these issues: 1) A critical computational literacy approach to engage youth in developing personally meaningful applications that have impact in the real world; 2) the use of a tool, like MIT App Inventor, that lowers barriers to creating useful, impactful technology. Using two case-based studies, we show how these two approaches have supported youth in developing applications that respond to meaningful challenges in their communities and helped them to establish their computational identities and digital empowerment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1705-1708
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509054671
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 7 2017
Event8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Apr 25 2017Apr 28 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567

Other

Other8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period4/25/174/28/17

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Keywords

  • Computational identity
  • Computational thinking
  • Digital empowerment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education

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Tissenbaum, M., Sheldon, J., Seop, L., Lee, C. H., & Lao, N. (2017). Critical computational empowerment: Engaging youth as shapers of the digital future. In Proceedings of 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017 (pp. 1705-1708). [7943078] (IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2017.7943078