Teaching Kids to Write Code Through Writing Stories

Written by: Casey Miles

Primary Source: Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures

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In the last couple of years there’s been a noticeable push for developing programming and computer science skills in childhood education. In a blog post on MiddleWeb: All About the Middle Grades, Mark Gerl, writes about his experience at Computer Science Education Week. His post gets at the interconnectedness of programming languages, gaming, and student writing, through the importance of storytelling. He writes, “What makes a great game so engaging is that it tells a fantastic story.” Gerl clearly sees the powerful relationship between the digital and the cultural: “We will need programmers and inventors, engineers and scientists to create these bold new frontiers. We will also need writers, poets, artists and dreamers to imagine those worlds first.”

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Casey Miles
Casey Miles is PhD student in Rhetoric & Writing, with a master’s degree in Digital Rhetoric & Professional Writing. Casey’s research focuses on queer rhetorics, specifically looking at butch ways of knowing, doing, and being in academic spaces, as well as documentary and video composition. Casey continues to work on her documentary series, The Gender Project, which explores gender, gender identity, and sexuality in everyday lives. Follow her on Twitter @soulsmiles