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A Person-Centered Guide to Demystifying Technology: Working together to observe, question, design, prototype, and implement/reject technology in support of people's valued beings and doings

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Martin Wolske, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Copyright Year: 2020

ISBN 13: 9781946011138

Publisher: Windsor & Downs Press

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Orange Unit: A Person-Centered Launch
    • 1A: Information Systems
    • 1B: Introduction to Electronic Circuits
    • 2A: Critical Social + Technical Perspective
    • 2B: Electronic Components in Series
    • 3A: The Unknown Tech Innovators
    • 3A: Computer Building Blocks
    • 4A: Launching Our Counterstories
    • 4B: Meet the Microcomputer
    • 4C: Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi
    • 4D: Coding Electronics
    • Orange Unit Review
       
  • Blue Unit: Computational Tinkering
    • 1A: The Logic of Hardware and Programming
    • 1B: Essential Coding Concepts
    • 2A: The Methodological Landscape
    • 2B: Make Music with Code
    • 3A: Valued, Inclusive Information and Computing Technology Experiences
    • 3B: Build Functions for Remixable Code
    • 4A: Sharing Our Counterstories
    • 4B: Raspberry Pi Counterstory Little Free Library
    • Blue Unit Review
  • REMIX: Ideating and Iterating Code: Scratch Example
  • Rainbow Unit: Networks Big and Small
    • 1A: Programmable Electronics, Smart Technology, and the Internet of Things
    • 1B: Connecting Our Electronic 'Thing' to a Wider World
    • 2A: Digital Internets, Past and Present
    • 2B: The Infrastructure of the Internet
    • 3A: The Digitization of Divides
    • 3B: A Person-Centered Network Information System Adventure
    • 4A: Recovering Community: Designing for Social Justice
    • 4B: Community-Centered Design
    • Rainbow Unit Review

About the Book

Digital technologies old and new are not objects that can be packed inside a box. They are a seamless, indivisible combination of people, organizations, policies, economies, histories, cultures, knowledge, and material things that are continuously shaped and reshaped. Every one of us innovates-in-use our everyday technologies, we just do not always know it. Not only are we shaped by the networked information tools in our midst, but we shape them and thereby shape others. For us to advance individual agency across diverse community knowledge and cultural wealth within the fabric of communities, we need to nurture our cognitive, socio-emotional, information, and progressive community engagement skills along with, and sometimes in advance of, our technical skills which then serve as just-in-time in-fill learning. This is the call placed by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – to rapidly shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society.

In support of this shift, each session of the book begins first with a social chapter with background knowledge probe, conceptual introductions, and a lesson plan for the session. A technical chapter follows with technical introductions and hands-on activities, and a concluding wrap up and comprehension check. The technical of the Orange Unit especially focuses on electronics and physical computer components; the Blue Unit highlights software through a series of introductory programming activities, with possibilities for alternate pathways for those who bring in some existing programming experience; the Rainbow Unit then brings the hardware and software together into networked systems, concluding with a final design adventure.

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Martin Wolske, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign