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Sketching for a Better Educational Product: A Workshop for Teachers

I am a teacher by profession, but I have always programmed for fun.  I went to PyCon, a conference for people who use the programming language Python, for the first time this past spring.  Throughout my career as a teacher, … Continue reading

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The tech world needs a “white ribbon” project

Support for women in tech-related fields needs to be made visible I am not a big fan of ribbon campaigns, but they do get one thing right. They make it clear, before any words are spoken, that someone is supportive … Continue reading

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User-Testing the Django Tutorial

Building on PyCon I attended Karen Rustad’s inspiring talk at PyCon 2012 about improving the Django tutorial. In her talk Karen did an excellent job of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the existing tutorial. But she also went beyond … Continue reading

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PyCon 2012: An Educator’s Perspective, part 3

(part 1, part 2) A “Closing” Reflection It’s always hard to leave a good conference, and PyCon 2012 was an amazing conference in so many ways. I am sad to see my first PyCon come to an end, but I … Continue reading

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PyCon 2012: Saying “Thank you” to Guido

I was sitting outside the main conference hall yesterday morning, waiting for the doors to open so I could get a good seat for the keynote speakers. I was watching a couple people speak casually but excitedly about using Python … Continue reading

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PyCon 2012: Side trip to the redwoods

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA All good things in life involve balance, including intensity. PyCon has been intense; an intense amount of information, consistently impressive speakers, and a steady stream of amazing people. My head was spinning from all … Continue reading

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PyCon 2012: An Educator’s Perspective, part 2

(part 1) I love this conference already. I had wondered if I would feel comfortable here or if I would feel like an outsider, since I do not program professionally. I find myself feeling right at home here, for a … Continue reading

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