thinking about how to teach code in the comp classroom

We have began talking about teaching via social networks, and I can assume most of us have used or experienced YouTube in our classes. Technology in the composition class is not novel anymore. But what about more subversive and critically-situated technologies? I wrote in class about actually teaching students to code through opensource software and programs such as https://www.codeacademy.com . The benefits of teaching students to code begets several facets of critical pedagogy. Students learn the make-up of technological infrastructure as well as the actual language of programming, the latter opening space for discussion of the rhetorical features of any discourse we would teach. Yet students also learn something far more instrumental: solutions to their problems. Applying code to a program enables students to alter the function of the technology they use every day that adapts to their educational needs. I wonder what you all think of this possibility…

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