Code.org Offers New Girl-Focused Poster


Thanks, Chris Stephenson from the CSTA for this announcement.

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Code.org has just released a new CSEdWeek poster featuring Susan Wojcicki, a Senior Vice President at Google. Forbes has called Wojcicki  the most powerful woman in advertising, and among the 20 most powerful women in the world. Although not a CS major, she took intro CS classes in college. Google’s first office was in her garage.  

Code.org founder Hadi Partovi says that he decided to release this new poster because it’s critical to show female role models to girls to bring them to CS. Showing just images of men isn’t enough.  “Our original posters (Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Bosh) lacked a female, despite our best efforts (we asked all the best known women in tech who surprisingly rejected the opportunity),” says Partovi. “Susan  is a fantastic spokesperson for computer science education, because she shows that even if you don’t major in CS, even if you don’t become a software engineer for life, exposure to the field is important in a world that’s increasingly dependent on technology.”

You can request a copy of this new poster for your classroom at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1olxoWmlEqx9BrCGkYphhXlFjfHOQnFg1_cskzHjpb6Y/viewform

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A World of Pins for GIS Day


Today is GIS Day – Geographic Information Systems.

ESRI Canada wants to know…

The link in the Twitter message takes you to a website designed specifically for the event.  So, I headed over to take a look around.  There’s an interesting interactive map

Clicking on a pin takes you to an event.  It’s quite interesting and fun to click around and see just how many events and who is hosting them at a particular location.  I decided to check out things locally.

Hmmm.  The closest events are either at Ridgetown or Toledo.  There’s nothing really close.  That’s a shame; I would be interested in seeing some GIS projects.

With all of the advancements that have been made in this field, it’s actually quite humbling to think about how many things in our lives that are enabled through the use of GIS.  Visit the ESRI site and take a look at some of what they are promoting.  If you’re so inclined, download the ArcGIS Explorer (it’s free).

GIS is a fascinating field and is one where the use of technology really amplifies what an interested person can do.

How do you use GIS?

OTR Links 11/20/2013


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.