Disrupting the Tech Gender Gap: Computer Science in a Girls School
The technology industry has a girl problem. To change that dynamic, we need female game changers, who are just great coders, but great thinkers and leaders. To create those game changers, we need a different kind of Computer Science class.
is the Chair of Computer Science and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs at The Baldwin School, a K-12 all-girls’ school in the Philadelphia suburbs. She teaches technology and computer science in grades 6-12, and also supports the faculty in their use of technology. Prior to Baldwin, Laura worked as an independent consultant in the educational technology field, Instructional Technologist at Bryn Mawr College, and college-level teacher at many places, often teaching interdisciplinary courses that combine technology and humanities. She also serves as the 9-12 representative on the Computer Science Teachers' Association Board of Directors. In 2015, Laura was the recipinet of the National Center for Women and Information Technology's Educator Award. Laura present at many national conferences including NAIS, ISTE, and CSTA, and is a strong proponent of women's education and of broadening participation in Computer Science.
Laura earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition in 2007 from the University of Arkansas. She believes that many forms of technology in use today are a form of communication, and works with faculty and students with that in mind. Developing a web site, even software, requires considering audience, tone, style, organization and other things that one considers when creating a written document. Laura has been blogging for about 10 years and can be found
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