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Gail Carmichael
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Attends Carleton University
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Creating a Sense of Coherence in Open-World Adventure and Role-Playing Games
The following is my most recent explanation of my thesis project. We are interested in the application of interactive storytelling to videogames.  We want to improve story experiences in open-world adventure and role-playing games.  A game that features an ...
The following is my most recent explanation of my thesis project. We are interested in the application of interactive storytelling to videogames. We want to improve story experiences in open-world adventure and role-playing games. A game that features an open world allows its players to move ...
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My Experience at Foundations of Digital Games 2015
During the last full week of June, I took a wonderful trip to Pacific Grove, California for Foundations of Digital Games 2015 .  (You might recall that last year's conference was on a cruise ship .)  I didn't end up presenting anything this year, and I'm so...
During the last full week of June, I took a wonderful trip to Pacific Grove, California for Foundations of Digital Games 2015. (You might recall that last year's conference was on a cruise ship.) I didn't end up presenting anything this year, and I'm so glad I went despite this.
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A Brave New Data World at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum
I recently told you about my upcoming trip to Germany for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum .  One of the exciting events during the forum is a discussion on a selected "hot topic."  This year's hot topic is big data.  Because events will be recorded and public...
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A Classroom Game to Teach Data Representation With Images
Our Gram's House team has been working on three classroom games designed to teach middle school girls about computer science principles.  One game intends to teach data representation by showing how images can be represented on computers with numbers.  Here...
Our Gram's House team has been working on three classroom games designed to teach middle school girls about computer science principles. One game intends to teach data representation by showing how images can be represented on computers with numbers. Here are the current rules of the game.
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Review / JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development
Have you ever had a book that was so beautiful, it was hard to put down? Did it happen to be a programming book? Breaking out of what is normally expected of a technical volume, Jon Duckett's JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development really...
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Mini-Course 2015: Survey Results
Another May, another "Computer Science and Games: Just for Girls!" mini-course on the books.  I'm very pleased with how this year went. The course material and games made by the girls are all online , and below I share the results of my usual pre- and post-...
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Keynotes and Inspirations at Foundations of Digital Games 2015
I had a great time at this year's Foundations of Digital Games, but it was the talks and the hallway track with narrative folks that really left me inspired.  In this post I'll summarize the first three keynotes and some inspiration I got from one of them; ...
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Keynote / Attracting Women to Computing and Why it Matters
I was invited to give the keynote for Women and Technology 2015 , held at Carleton on June 19.  I spoke about women and computing. Attracting Women to Computing and Why it Matters from Gail Carmichael I began with an exercise: how could we generate six diff...
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Blogging and Meeting CS Greats at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum "offers a select group of young researchers in mathematics and computer
science the extraordinary chance to meet the preeminent scientists of
their field for one week of cross-generational, scientific dialogue."  Although I w...
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Early Designs for Classroom Games Teaching Computer Science Principles
We have been working on designs for three classroom games as part of our Gram's House story project .  Each game teaches a different computer science principle, and has three different forms: an abstract game, a game with a fictional context, and a game wit...
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What Eighth Graders Think About Women and Computer Science
On the last day of the 2015 edition of my week-long mini-course ( Computer Science and Games: Just for Girls! ), I held a discussion about women in computer science.  Below is a transcription of the notes I made on the white board.  The thoughts, if not the...
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Two Semesters Teaching CS2 With C++ and Java
As you may recall , I have been experimenting with a CS2 design that teaches both C++ and Java in a single semester.  I previously reported on the success of the design after teaching a section of majors and non-majors in the off-term.  This semester, we us...
As you may recall, I have been experimenting with a CS2 design that teaches both C++ and Java in a single semester. I previously reported on the success of the design after teaching a section of majors and non-majors in the off-term. This semester, we used an iteration of the design with two ...
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Software Developer and Part-time PhD Student
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  • Shopify
    Software Developer, 2015 - present
  • Carleton University
    Faculty Instructor, 2013 - 2015
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Computer Scientist, Educator, Blogger
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I'm a software developer at Shopify and a part-time PhD student in computer science at Carleton University.  I care deeply about attracting non-traditional people to computer science and consider myself a lifelong educator.
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Hiked the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland... while five months pregnant.
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  • Carleton University
    Computer Science, 2009 - present
    PhD, computer science (storytelling in games)
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Female
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Gail Banaszkiewicz