Computing Everywhere

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We often teach computing by having a student sit down in front of a computer. The assumption is that computing is done in computers. This is a bit like saying the mathematics is done with a ruler and compass. I recently gave a TEDx talk at UTD where I showed the example shown above in addition to others. The task for the computer scientist is to see the world as information - its structures and behaviors. This is not to take away from the code movement because learning to code is essential as a way to learn how powerful computing can be, and how creative we can be when we do code. But we should not stop there. Computing can be framed as a particular way to see the world around us. Take a trip to the park. You will see information in all of its glory.