A great teacher taught me a technique to use when I felt ‘blocked’ trying to write an essay. I have used and refined this technique for years when I am doing professional writing, particularly as I write/submit abstracts to conference as a potential speaker. People often tell me ‘you write so fast!’. Since I am […]
I spent the last 6 months personally completing all of the math courseware available via the Khan Academy. Because so many people have asked me about why and how I did it, I decided to write about ‘my journey to calculus’. I’ll start with an excerpt from the article, then, if you’d like to read […]
What if math were taught differently to middle-school aged kids? How did you learn algebra? Do you remember? Wasn’t it something like this: “Find the common factors of 4x + x^2 and then solve it for y?” How about your kids? Are they learning the same way? Are they enjoying it? Now imagine something like this: “Take a look […]
How timely, since I now am the proud parent of a 13 year old, I am pleased to share the opening of the Google Science Fair 2012 competition – to enter go here. Also thanks to TEDxWomen for inviting the winners of the 2011 Google Science Fair onto their stage.
Among the many professional activities I am considering and doing post holiday, is one that more of my colleagues – particularly women colleagues, should consider doing. By that, I mean submit to speak at conferences in 2012 around your area(s) of technical expertise. Because I am stepping beyond my comfortable confines of Microsoft technologies, in […]
Ok now that I have your attention (!), I am going to write a bit about my first experience at the international, annual Agile conference. Agile 2011 was held in Salt Lake City, Utah last week. I attended and spoke (on ‘Teaching Kids to Program Using Agile Practices’) and had a GREAT time. This conference […]