Code literacy… What is it?


On completion of this activity, you will be able to:
  • define key concepts pertaining to code literacy
  • discuss the importance of code literacy nowadays


As Douglas Rushkoff sees it, ‘code literacy is a requirement for participation in a digital world’. When we acquired language, points out Rushkoff, we didn’t just learn how to listen, but also how to speak. When we acquired text, we didn’t just learn how to read, but also how to write. Now that we have computers, we are learning to use them but not how to program them. When we are not code literate, we must accept the devices and software we use with whatever limitations and agendas their creators have built into them.

Even without choosing to become a professional or being a full time software developer, understanding how something that affects (almost) everything around us nowadays is really important so we do not become subordinate of technology. What code literacy also teaches us, isn’t just a new ‘language’. Coding teaches us to think in different ways, to identify, break down and solve problems, to re-use things that others have made and integrate them to your own creation process. Coding teaches skills that are beyond programming, skills for problem solving, skills for design, modeling.


Code – The New Literacy,


What is code literacy?


Dudeney, Hockly and Pegrum (2014: 17) define code literacy as

“the ability to read, write, and modify computer code in order to create or tailor software and media channels”.
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Source/attribution: Digilanguages                     Author: Alexandre Jacquot

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Die Klett MINT GmbH hat einen lesenswerten Artikel veröffentlicht, der auch auf verschiedene Lernkurse zum Thema Programmieren im Unterricht verweist.

Des Weiteren kann man auf Tutorials finden, auch auf Deutsch.

Alcuni materiali in italiano su coding

Da vedere


Oppure il seguente video con il docente Alessandro Bogliolo che spiega come fare coding in classe


  • Il canale YouTube SchoolToon usa i cartoni animati per spiegare ai ragazzi le parti più difficili dello studio. In questo video viene spiegato come pensano i computer:

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