2011 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Calling all digital divas, web chix & coder girls! It’s time to start thinking about the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. This is a great program which I have been proud to promote  though this blog for several years now. These awards honor young women who are active and interested in computing and technology….


Programming is for Girls

Fair warning: Some gross generalizations and exaggeration for emphasis follow. But some valid points I think. I wrote my first computer program over 35 years ago. There were more women in the field back then. Not as many as their were earlier in the history of computers though. Programming was a woman’s job. The excitement,…

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Interesting Posts 16 May 2011

Computer Science teacher Pat Yongpradit  seems to be everywhere on the educational blogosphere lately. I posted about his 5-6 week XNA course curriculum last week. Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) posted an interview on her  Cool Cat Teacher Blog posted a video interview him – Attracting Girls to Technology and Science. Pat himself had a post on…


Where Do Female Computer Scientists Come From

As someone who is mildly addicted to statistics and who has a degree in Sociology (really) I found this article in Fast Company very interesting on several levels. LinkedIn Wants To Help You Name Your New Baby/CEO It reports on common first names for CEOs of global companies – both male and female. But deep…

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Could Taking A Computer Science Course Change Your Life?

Well it did mine. And Mark Guzdial ha a post last week in which he told two stories of young women taking his Media Computation course at Georgia Tech and how it changed the direction of their careers. (Read Impact of CS on female non-majors: Beyond a pipeline model ) While in my case,a poor…


Interesting Links 3 January 2011

Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a good start. I know mine is. I’m very excited about the promise and potential of this year. Last year was  a very good one and the momentum continues. I was on vacation last week but that doesn’t mean I was off line. I guess…


Interesting Links 13 December 2010

Did you do anything special for Computer Science Education week last week? The one thing I did was to host a group of about 40 students from Easthampton (MA) high school at the Microsoft offices in Cambridge (MA). I talked a bit about careers in technology in general, jobs at Microsoft and took them on…


Does learning have to stop when the last bell rings?

We have this tendency to think that learning at school takes place only between the opening and closing bells of the “regular school day.” Oh we know about after school programs but there is a tendency to think of them as babysitting at worst and remediation at best. Occasionally we have the good sense to…


FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum (WIST) – November 5, 2010

FIRST, the people who bring us a whole range of robotics competitions and more, are once again hosting their annual FIRST Women in Science & Technology Forum. The people I have talked to who have attended or brought/sent young women have all raved about it. If you know high school girls who are in the…


Interesting Links 4 October 2010

What a week. On Friday I gave a keynote talk at the 16th Annual Technology and Learning Conference at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania. What a great time I had. The conference organizers were absolutely wonderful hosts and the talk itself seemed to be well received. I think they recorded it and if  they…

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