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

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On gender and diversity in programming and what Girl Develop It Columbus has learned in teaching individuals new to programming.

Software Craftsmanship North America 2011

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

  1. 1. 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, ILSaturday, November 19, 2011
  2. 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbachhuber/2788562492/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  3. 3. “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
  4. 4. “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
  5. 5. Diversity in Technology WHAT THE CURRENT LANDSCAPE LOOKS LIKE - NUMBERS, STATS AND STORIESSaturday, November 19, 2011
  6. 6. http://www.computermuseum.li/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  7. 7. “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
  8. 8. “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
  9. 9. Where are the women? http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Where are the women? In computer science undergrad programs: 18% In information technology jobs: 25% http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  12. 12. Where are the women? In computer science undergrad programs: 18% In information technology jobs: 25% Taking high school AP CS exams: 18% http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  13. 13. Where are the women? In computer science undergrad programs: 18% In information technology jobs: 25% Taking high school AP CS exams: 18% Contributing to Wikipedia: 13% http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  14. 14. Where are the women? In computer science undergrad programs: 18% In information technology jobs: 25% Taking high school AP CS exams: 18% Contributing to Wikipedia: 13% In open source programming: 1.5% http://ncwit.org/scorecard http://pinboard.in/u:jenmyers/t:women-in-tech/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  15. 15. Why are the numbers so low? http://ncwit.org/scorecardSaturday, November 19, 2011
  16. 16. Why are the numbers so low? Promotion processes http://ncwit.org/scorecardSaturday, November 19, 2011
  17. 17. Why are the numbers so low? Promotion processes Stereotype threat http://ncwit.org/scorecardSaturday, November 19, 2011
  18. 18. Why are the numbers so low? Promotion processes Stereotype threat Work/life balance and childcare http://ncwit.org/scorecardSaturday, November 19, 2011
  19. 19. Why are the numbers so low? Promotion processes Stereotype threat Work/life balance and childcare Harassment and sexism in culture http://ncwit.org/scorecardSaturday, November 19, 2011
  20. 20. Why are the numbers so low? Promotion processes Stereotype threat Work/life balance and childcare Harassment and sexism in culture Isolation http://ncwit.org/scorecardSaturday, November 19, 2011
  21. 21. Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing JANE MARGOLIS AND ALAN FISHERSaturday, November 19, 2011
  22. 22. Adventures in Teaching WHAT GIRL DEVELOP IT COLUMBUS HAS LEARNED WORKING WITH DIVERSE BEGINNERSSaturday, November 19, 2011
  23. 23. http://compscigail.blogspot.com/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  24. 24. “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.” http://compscigail.blogspot.com/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  25. 25. “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 http://compscigail.blogspot.com/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  26. 26. Teaching programming is HARD.Saturday, November 19, 2011
  27. 27. What can make it easier?Saturday, November 19, 2011
  28. 28. What can make it easier? Establishing good communication channelsSaturday, November 19, 2011
  29. 29. What can make it easier? Establishing good communication channels Providing context and definitionSaturday, November 19, 2011
  30. 30. 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 learnSaturday, November 19, 2011
  31. 31. Build a solid toolbox.Saturday, November 19, 2011
  32. 32. The nuts and bolts:Saturday, November 19, 2011
  33. 33. The nuts and bolts: Open space Backup equipment Prepared materials/downloads TAs with complementary skills Class limit Class fees/teacher compensation Continuing resources and communitySaturday, November 19, 2011
  34. 34. Conceptually speaking:Saturday, November 19, 2011
  35. 35. Conceptually speaking: Personal preference is less important than foundational principlesSaturday, November 19, 2011
  36. 36. Conceptually speaking: Personal preference is less important than foundational principles Establish best practices earlySaturday, November 19, 2011
  37. 37. It’s okay to make mistakes. Really.Saturday, November 19, 2011
  38. 38. What can you do with mistakes?Saturday, November 19, 2011
  39. 39. What can you do with mistakes? Use them as learning examplesSaturday, November 19, 2011
  40. 40. What can you do with mistakes? Use them as learning examples Put students at easeSaturday, November 19, 2011
  41. 41. What can you do with mistakes? Use them as learning examples Put students at ease Remind yourself how your students feelSaturday, November 19, 2011
  42. 42. Be prepared. (But be flexible.)Saturday, November 19, 2011
  43. 43. Um, what does that mean?Saturday, November 19, 2011
  44. 44. Um, what does that mean? Create clear expectations, goals and guidelines - WITH student’s inputSaturday, November 19, 2011
  45. 45. Um, what does that mean? Create clear expectations, goals and guidelines - WITH student’s input Students are individuals - treat them that waySaturday, November 19, 2011
  46. 46. Um, what does that mean? Create clear expectations, goals and guidelines - WITH student’s input Students are individuals - treat them that way Keep learning yourselfSaturday, November 19, 2011
  47. 47. Inside the Clubhouse HOW WE CAN USE THESE LESSONS TO BUILD BETTER COMMUNITY AND BETTER PRODUCTSSaturday, November 19, 2011
  48. 48. http://www.whitehouse.gov/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  49. 49. “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.” http://www.whitehouse.gov/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  50. 50. “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 http://www.whitehouse.gov/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  51. 51. “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 http://www.whitehouse.gov/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  52. 52. “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 http://www.whitehouse.gov/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  53. 53. “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 http://www.whitehouse.gov/Saturday, November 19, 2011
  54. 54. Want a GDI chapter? Start one. :)Saturday, November 19, 2011

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