Computational Literacies Lab

Week 4 Slides

Critical Computational Literacies

Dr. Chris Proctor

LAI 686, Spring 2022

Week 4: February 22, 2022

Notes: I should introduce myself


Act I

Conceptual framework

Act II

Power: Noble & Zuboff


Criticality: Lee & Garcia

Act I

Conceptual framework



The terms "critical" and "criticality" are used frequently in educational research. What do they mean? Where do you hear them used?

Take five minutes to jot down your answer. Then we'll share.


Critical has a sense of being important (this is a bit blunt). Critical has a sense of understanding deeply. And critical also has a sense of being oriented toward change. The last two are connected.

Connect to last week's discussion of futurity. In a sense, criticality is about understanding how futures come to be and acting toward different futures.

Notes: I like to talk about literacy because it lets you talk about how people do stuff with texts. Texts are part of a symbolic system of meanings, which shape our practices. How is this like language?

How does infrastructure shape practice?

What kinds of practices can have critical power?

Act II: Power

Noble and Zuboff



"In social science and politics, power is the capacity of an individual to influence the actions, beliefs, or conduct (behaviour) of others."


Notes: Stuck? Talk about racial formations and racial projects.


What else works like race and surveillance capitalism?

Act III: Criticality


What forms of critical action are proposed by Lee & Garcia?

How might computing education learn from language education?