Subtle bias for women leaders

Laura/ September 24, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This article illustrates a few examples of female tech leaders being interviewed and the focus was on their children, work-life balance, or other “women’s” issues.  We’ve all witnessed it, whether it’s a woman in tech, a leader in politics, or a female musician.  I’ve been lucky over the last few years.  I’ve done a couple of interviews with male journalists and that

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On not being the expert

Laura/ September 23, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

Back in my first year of teaching, I didn’t know anything.  Sure, I’d been teaching for close to 20 years, but I’d never taught middle school or high school and I’d never taught CS.  I’d taught a “boot camp” but not a full length course.  And rather than teach what I’d taught in that boot camp, I did my research

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More on the CS for All Proposal

Laura/ September 20, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 3 comments

I know I should have looked away when I saw this, but I couldn’t help reading a New York Post opinion piece on Bill deBlasio’s proposal to bring CS to NYC’s public schools.  Most criticisms I’ve seen have expressed concern about the implementation, not about whether it should be done at all.  This piece says it’s just a bad idea

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I am Ahmed

Laura/ September 17, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 3 comments

Yesterday, social media exploded with the story of a 9th grader, Ahmed Mohamed, getting arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school.  Ahmed now gets to take trips to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the White House.  His future is probably set.  Because he made his own clock. So he could learn. Because it was fun. I’m glad it ended that

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CS for all in NYC

Laura/ September 16, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 5 comments

So . . . NYC has decided to mandate CS in all public schools.  The articles (and there are many) about this are sketchy on the details of how this will work, but here are some key points: it’s not required for graduation, and they haven’t said what grade level they’re incorporating it into. Look, I’m all for CS being

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Is 15,000 enough?

Laura/ September 15, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 4 comments

Last week, announced that they’d trained 15,000 teachers to teach Computer Science using the curriculum they’d developed.  Certainly, the lack of trained teachers has been one of the issues holding back Computer Science Education and getting schools to offer CS.  In the article I linked, suggests that the percentage of schools offering CS is at 25%, up from

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Laura/ September 14, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

I had thought about calling this endurance.  I’m feeling both right now, but I think persistence is more accurate.  For 4 weeks, I’ve been doing the Couch to 5K program.  It’s been hard and there are days I don’t succeed, but I keep at it. Yesterday, for example, I made it about halfway when I decided I had to walk

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Someone else’s job

Laura/ September 11, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Audrey Watters posted a talk she gave at Emerson College.  In it, she talks about how many people the technology that’s infiltrating most of our lives: What I often fear is that we don’t really know what our needs are – technologically at least. Indeed, I think we’ve shied away from figuring this out, in part because we’ve been convinced

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When women were considered better programmers than men

Laura/ September 10, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Mark Guzdial wrote about The Computer Boys Take Over, a book that covers the period when women were actually a big part of the computing industry, and often considered better at it than men.  I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but gave it as a graduation gift to one of my students last year.  Check out some

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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing 2016

Laura/ September 9, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

NCWIT has announced the opening of this year’s Aspirations in Computing Award.  I’m happy to say that I’ve had students not only enter, but win for the last 4 years.  All of them tell me that it’s been a rewarding experience and that they’ve met some great young women through the program.  If you have young women interested in technology

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