make: Active essays – making artefacts come to life

Today due to the ubiquity of JavaScript (and HTML5) active essays are flourishing. What are active essays?

They have been around for 20 years inspired by Alan Kay who described them as a new kind of literacy, combining a written essay, live simulations, and the programs that make them work.  A good example is the Parable of the Polygons (http://ncase.me/polygons/) and  a more technical example is Up and down the abstraction ladder  http://worrydream.com/LadderOfAbstraction/.

Come along to this fun session presented by Ken Kahn and learn more about this fresh approach to sharing knowledge.

If you can’t make the talk you can follow the webcast using the following link

https://oxforduniversity.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=d4fdd79f-c2b1-4f03-9863-b01d8155a762

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