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Gail Carmichael
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Attends Carleton University
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We had a ScratchJr workshop at work for a professional development day recently. I was a bit worried about teaching kindergartners, but it turned out to be a big success! Here's what we did (plus cute photos).
A new professional development day was recently added to our local school board's calendar. One of my colleagues, John Duff, made the brilliant suggestion to have a 'take your kid to work day' instead of scrambling to find babysitting. Naturally, I suggested we also add a coding workshop.
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A follow-up research study on a show I wrote about in 2014 (Annedroids). Molly is almost the right age to watch it, so I'm happy that it's available online!
Some time ago, I shared info about a STEM show that premiered on TVO back in 2014: Annedroids. Recently, the show's PR specialist followed up with me to share some really interesting research about the positive impact the show has had, which I'd like to share here.
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Great evening last night celebrating Anita Borg's birthday! Check out the slides and code from the workshop:

https://github.com/gailcarmichael/course-designs/tree/master/anitaborg-birthday-processing

#2016ABbday
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Do you know an Ottawa-area student who is studying something other than computer science? Shopify wants to show them how code can help them, no matter what they are passionate about.

We are targeting female students to join us for an evening of talks, mentoring, and building cool things with code!

#2016ABbday

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anita-borg-birthday-celebration-tickets-21382259915
Join us for an evening of inspiring talks, mentoring, delicious lunch, and workshops at the Shopify Headquarters! What is the Anita Borg Birthday Celebration? Anita Borg was a talented computer scientist and advocate for women in tech. She had never originally intended to go into computer science, but taught herself to program while working a day job (and quickly became hooked)! Now, we celebrate her birthday to honour all the great things ...
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Rana el Kaliouby and Tracy Chou's Formative Moments
As a belated celebration of #WomenInSTEM day, I wanted to share a couple of really great videos (and below explanation) shared with me. Enjoy! Expanding the number of women pursuing careers in computer science is an ongoing challenge, partly because female ...
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First Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWIC)
For the first time ever, I attended a women-in-computing conference with absolutely no student affiliation whatsoever (I recently de-registered from my PhD for the time being). But that's not what made the first ever Canadian Celebration of Women in Computi...
For the first time ever, I attended a women-in-computing conference with absolutely no student affiliation whatsoever (I recently de-registered from my PhD for the time being). But that's not what made the first ever Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing special; not exactly.
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Artificial Intelligence Simplified: Understanding Basic Concepts
I am officially a (self-published) author! I co-authored a book called Artificial Intelligence Simplified: Understanding Basic Concepts.  My expertise is not in AI, but I am skilled at bringing technical content to more general audiences.  So my co-author B...
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Difficult Conversations is a book that can help everyone deal with their next...well, difficult conversation!
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A summary of my nonlinear career path, and part of my guest talk at this year's Go Code Girl at Carleton.
My interest in computers started at a young age. I was lucky that my dad, a government worker, was able to bring home the computers his office was done with. As a result, I have had access to computers, and even had a computer in my own room, from a young age. I've always loved to create with ...
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"Of course, there’s a long history, dating back to the 1800s, of education experts arguing that active hands-on learning is the best way to learn. But education technology is now making it more efficient to test these theories. Instead of surveying students on what they think they did, computers can now record every mouse click and calculate how often a student actually read a passage, watched a video or completed an interactive exercise.

And new data analysis techniques are allowing researchers to conclude that active learning not only is associated with higher learning outcomes, but actually causes students to learn more."

http://hechingerreport.org/data-mining-shows-that-recorded-video-lectures-are-the-least-effective-way-to-learn/
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PhD: On Hold
I've sent in the forms.  I've updated my committee.  The deed is done. My PhD is on hold. Pause / Rafa Puerta More officially, I am deregistering from the program in good standing.  I am giving myself max one year to reevaluate, but my intention is to event...
More officially, I am deregistering from the program in good standing. I am giving myself max one year to reevaluate, but my intention is to eventually reapply and finish my thesis. I don't need the degree right now, which is why I feel ok putting it on hold, but I do want it in hand eventually ...
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Computer science educator, software developer
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  • Shopify
    Manager of External Education Programs, 2016 - present
  • Shopify
    Developer, 2015 - 2015
  • Carleton University
    Faculty Instructor, 2013 - 2015
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Ottawa, Ontario
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Computer Scientist, Educator, Blogger
Introduction
Managing external education programs at Shopify and turning CS education inside out. PhD in CS on hold for now. Lifelong educator.
Bragging rights
Hiked the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland... while five months pregnant.
Education
  • Carleton University
    Computer Science, present
    PhD (ABD, currently on hold)
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Female
Other names
Gail Banaszkiewicz