In her book Beyond Coding: How to Teach Human Values through Programming, Prof. Marina Bers uses the metaphor of a palette of virtues to describe a pedagogical roadmap for teaching coding that encompasses the cultivation of character along with technical knowledge and skills. This metaphor recalls the painter’s palette, and the agency associated with being intentional about the human values we develop and put in practice as we make creative coding projects. Our palette of virtues starts with ten values. However, new ones can be added.
Within this approach, creative programming can be a pathway for character development, for exploring the socio emotional and ethical dimensions of learning. Ultimately, to understand that our actions, like the actions of anyone who creates, have consequences.
For more information on Coding as a Palette of Virtues and DevTech’s pedagogies, check out the books written by Prof. Marina Bers: