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  • Blog Post: NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing 2012

    One of the ways that one can help young women with an interest in computing and related fields is to provide recognition for the world they have already been doing. One of the great programs in this regard is the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing . Along with the NCWIT awards listed below, a number...
  • Blog Post: Quantity Is Not Enough

    There is often a focus on quantity in our society. Let’s get more apps! Lets get more students taking the AP course! Lets get more [you name it]? Unfortunately this focus on quantity sometimes means that quality takes a back seat. I mean really how many fart apps do you need for your smart phone...
  • Blog Post: How do they know they are interested?

    Or more importantly how do students know that they are NOT interested in computer science? As I mentioned recently I had a conversation with Mike Zamansky from New York’s Stuyvesant High School about his program there. One of the key pieces of that program is a required computer science course for sophomores...
  • Blog Post: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

    Received this from the CSTA Mailing list yesterday and thought it worth sharing. Do you know someone who is doing an outstanding job of mentoring or a mentoring program that is doing a great job with bringing underrepresented minorities into STEM fields? If so you may want to nominate them for the Presidential...
  • Blog Post: Recognizing Teachers Who Recruit Women and Girls into STEM

    The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has opened nominations for the A. Richard Newton Educator Award to recognize educators who engage in new, innovative and successful practices and programs to attract more women and girls into STEM fields.  I really believe that finding, highlighting...
  • Blog Post: Women In Computer Science–What Happened?

    Years ago, when I was a student at Taylor University (in what is now the Taylor Computer Science and Engineering department)  there were more women in computer science than there are today. The women did as well as the men under what I would call some challenges. Specifically they had a curfew ...
  • Blog Post: DigiGirlz Cambridge MA

    Last Friday Microsoft NERD ( New England Research and Development Center ) was pleased to host DigiGirlz Day for close to 300 high school girls from around Massachusetts and New Hampshire. About DigiGirlz Day During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to...
  • Blog Post: Who Is In Charge

    I have to confess that I have not been doing a great job of keeping up with my blog reading lately.  I’ve been reading more books for pleasure lately. That’s been great in some respects but in others I feel like I am missing things. One post I almost missed was this one by Scott McLeod called Economically...
  • Blog Post: Mini-Grants for Collaborative Projects to Include Disabled Youth in CS

    Passing along this announcement from the CSTA Blast announcement list. Computer science has a lot of opportunity to help differently abled people but to maximize the value need to think about including them in the process. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Computer Science...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire TechFest 2011

    Last Saturday I spend the day at Windham High School in Windham New Hampshire for the second annual NH TechFest . TechFest is a project created by parents and others interested in making sure that students are exposed to information about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) careers in an interesting...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 confused...
  • Blog Post: 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 I can’t stay away. So here...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 4 October 2010

    What a week. On Friday I gave a keynote talk at the 1 6th 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...
  • Blog Post: NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing 2010

    I really like this award program so I am happy to promote it on my blog. The following is from the official announcement. I strongly encourage you to share this opportunity with high school women and with teachers who may be able to suggest it to their students. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing...
  • Blog Post: How Many Letters Are There in The Alphabet?

    You saw the title and a single number came to mind. If you are English speaking your probably thought “26.” If your native language is not English you may have thought of other numbers though. Even in European languages there are letters such as é è ö ᴂ å ø. And that is just the start. So what does this...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 6 September 2010

    Happy Labor Day! Well here in the US anyway. Technically a public/work holiday and I do plan to spend most of it relaxing. Unless my wife has other plans that is. I spent yesterday doing some early fall yard work for example. But it looks good so it was worth it. I have spent some time collecting some...
  • Blog Post: Girls, Games and Software Development

    Girls play games – computer games, video games, console games, online games – all kinds of games. Yet girls are not big into creating their own computer games. Why is that? A recent article in the Chicago Tribune ( Women missing from video game development work force ) says that: “According...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility and Computer Science

    My first real knowledge of differently abled people using computers came about 35 years ago when I was in college. There was a recent graduate of the college who was seriously physically limited. He lived most of his life in an Iron Lung. he could not walk and his hand and arm strength was very limited...
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