Unlocking the Clubhouse: Developing Software Education and Practices for Diverse Beginners

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December 05, 2011

Unlocking the Clubhouse: Developing Software Education and Practices for Diverse Beginners

Lessons learned from teaching and reaching out via Girl Develop It Columbus.

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Jen Myers

December 05, 2011
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    Unlocking the Clubhouse DEVELOPING SOFTWARE EDUCATION AND PRACTICES FOR DIVERSE

    BEGINNERS JEN MYERS JENMYERS.NET @ANTIHEROINE GIRL DEVELOP IT COLUMBUS GIRLDEVELOPITCBUS.COM @GDICBUS SOFTWARE CRAFTSMANSHIP NORTH AMERICA 19 NOVEMBER 2011 CHICAGO, IL Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    “Females are 50% of the population and we cannot afford

    not to tap into that group of people to the fullest extent possible.... In this country we don’t put the priority on math and science education and it’s incredible because our society depends on it so much.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbachhuber/2788562492/ Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    “Females are 50% of the population and we cannot afford

    not to tap into that group of people to the fullest extent possible.... In this country we don’t put the priority on math and science education and it’s incredible because our society depends on it so much.” – SALLY RIDE http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbachhuber/2788562492/ Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Diversity in Technology WHAT THE CURRENT LANDSCAPE LOOKS LIKE -

    NUMBERS, STATS AND STORIES Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    “Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve

    always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.” http://www.computermuseum.li/ Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    “Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve

    always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.” – GRACE HOPPER http://www.computermuseum.li/ Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Where are the women? In computer science undergrad programs: 18%

    http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/ Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Where are the women? In information technology jobs: 25% In

    computer science undergrad programs: 18% http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/ Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Where are the women? In information technology jobs: 25% In

    computer science undergrad programs: 18% http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/ Taking high school AP CS exams: 18% Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Where are the women? Contributing to Wikipedia: 13% In information

    technology jobs: 25% In computer science undergrad programs: 18% http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/ Taking high school AP CS exams: 18% Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    In open source programming: 1.5% Where are the women? Contributing

    to Wikipedia: 13% In information technology jobs: 25% In computer science undergrad programs: 18% http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/ Taking high school AP CS exams: 18% Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Why are the numbers so low? Stereotype threat Promotion processes

    http://ncwit.org/scorecard Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Why are the numbers so low? Stereotype threat Promotion processes

    http://ncwit.org/scorecard Work/life balance and childcare Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Why are the numbers so low? Harassment and sexism in

    culture Stereotype threat Promotion processes http://ncwit.org/scorecard Work/life balance and childcare Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Isolation Why are the numbers so low? Harassment and sexism

    in culture Stereotype threat Promotion processes http://ncwit.org/scorecard Work/life balance and childcare Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Adventures in Teaching WHAT GIRL DEVELOP IT COLUMBUS HAS LEARNED

    WORKING WITH DIVERSE BEGINNERS Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    http://compscigail.blogspot.com/ “Computer science today is a door-opener across fields, from

    film animation to scientific research. In education, we call that ‘high-status knowledge.’ It opens up professional doors and can open doors to college and more education. I’m concerned that that knowledge be accessible to all students.” Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    http://compscigail.blogspot.com/ “Computer science today is a door-opener across fields, from

    film animation to scientific research. In education, we call that ‘high-status knowledge.’ It opens up professional doors and can open doors to college and more education. I’m concerned that that knowledge be accessible to all students.” - JANE MARGOLIS Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    What can make it easier? Establishing good communication channels Providing

    context and definition Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    What can make it easier? Establishing good communication channels Providing

    context and definition Taking the time to understand what (and how) your student needs to learn Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    The nuts and bolts: Open space Backup equipment Prepared materials/downloads

    TAs with complementary skills Class limit Class fees/teacher compensation Continuing resources and community Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Conceptually speaking: Personal preference is less important than foundational principles

    Establish best practices early Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    What can you do with mistakes? Use them as learning

    examples Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    What can you do with mistakes? Use them as learning

    examples Put students at ease Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    What can you do with mistakes? Use them as learning

    examples Put students at ease Remind yourself how your students feel Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Um, what does that mean? Create clear expectations, goals and

    guidelines - WITH student’s input Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Um, what does that mean? Create clear expectations, goals and

    guidelines - WITH student’s input Students are individuals - treat them that way Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Um, what does that mean? Create clear expectations, goals and

    guidelines - WITH student’s input Students are individuals - treat them that way Keep learning yourself Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    Inside the Clubhouse HOW WE CAN USE THESE LESSONS TO

    BUILD BETTER COMMUNITY AND BETTER PRODUCTS Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    http://www.whitehouse.gov/ “If we’re going to out- innovate and out- educate

    the rest of the world, then we have to open doors to everyone, we need all hands on deck. And that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    http://www.whitehouse.gov/ “If we’re going to out- innovate and out- educate

    the rest of the world, then we have to open doors to everyone, we need all hands on deck. And that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” – MICHELLE OBAMA Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    http://www.whitehouse.gov/ “If we’re going to out- innovate and out- educate

    the rest of the world, then we have to open doors to everyone, we need all hands on deck. And that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” – MICHELLE OBAMA Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    http://www.whitehouse.gov/ “If we’re going to out- innovate and out- educate

    the rest of the world, then we have to open doors to everyone, we need all hands on deck. And that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” – MICHELLE OBAMA Saturday, November 19, 2011
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    http://www.whitehouse.gov/ “If we’re going to out- innovate and out- educate

    the rest of the world, then we have to open doors to everyone, we need all hands on deck. And that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” – MICHELLE OBAMA Saturday, November 19, 2011