Author: A Nicole Pfannenstiel

A Nicole Pfannenstiel is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Millersville University. Her research focuses on composition theory, digital rhetoric, and videogames.

At the Maker Faire in Fall 2016 my son and I played with various toys designed to encourage creative making. The most popular toy was the Ozobots, robots designed to teach kids to code using markers and colors. The use of markers to draw lines and codes intrigued me, but my goal is not to teach coding in composition courses. Instead of using the Ozobots as designed, I want students to creatively map theories of writing. Drawing on Judy Wajcman’s technofeminist idea of openness, this webtext discusses how coding robots, specifically Ozobots, provide space for disrupting coded use in meaningful…

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