Being a Woman in Computer Science – A Cautionary Tale, Part 1 of 3, The Student Years

Approximate Reading Time: 6 minutes I no longer consider myself to “in” computer science, although I will always consider myself both an academic and a computer scientist. (There’s an older version of part of this story here.) I grew up at a time when women … Continue reading

How I Got Into Computer Science (Many Happy Years)

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Next week I am meeting with a bunch of young women in our department‘s CS and CIS programs, so I’ve been thinking about how I got into computer science, and why I stayed. Here’s my tale of how I got … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: LucidLearning’s The Ultimate Alternate Reality Gamified Transmedia Classroom Toolkit

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Here’s a great resource for anyone interested in using games and gamification in the classroom. Source: The Ultimate Alternate Reality Gamified Transmedia Classroom Toolkit Be the first to like. Like Unlike … Continue reading

Is Your Great New Instructional Strategy Simply Exchanging One Group of Disengaged Learners for Another?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I’m really glad that some people are finally starting to realize the value that introverts bring to the table (The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance; The Benefits of Being an Introvert; ). Yesterday’s post highlighted the current … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Why Schools Are Increasingly Neglecting Introverts

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes For many students, quiet time is key for the learning process. The way in which certain instructional trends—education buzzwords like “collaborative learning” and “project-based learning” and “flipped classrooms”—are applied often neglect the needs of introverts. In fact, these trends could … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Some Rules for Teachers – The New Inquiry

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a great list – I only disagree with one or two….. as for the rest, YES, YES, YES!!! After John Cage. Source: Some Rules for Teachers – The New Inquiry 1. only ask the questions to which you … Continue reading

Happy New Year! (A.K.A. Start of the Schoolyear)

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute As long as I can remember, September has been the start of the school year. It’s always exciting and filled with new hope and opportunities. Fresh paper; new pencils and all that. When I was a student,I always looked forward … Continue reading

Tech or No Tech in the Classroom? The debate Continues.

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Came across this: Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops – Lingua Franca – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education. I suspect it is because we are starting a new school year that this topic is popping up a … Continue reading