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Gail Carmichael
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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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My PhD thesis project looks at ranking story scenes to choose what the best options are to show next in a video game story. At work, I used some of the same ideas to propose a better ranking algorithm for our home feed.

It's no surprise, then, that this article about Facebook's news feed fascinated me. It's quite well written, accessible to non-CS folks. Recommended.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/cover_story/2016/01/how_facebook_s_news_feed_algorithm_works.single.html
Every time you open Facebook, one of the world’s most influential, controversial, and misunderstood algorithms springs into action. It scans and collects e
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Our Gram's House project has been more actively blogging lately. You can check out our progress here:

http://nuweb1.neu.edu/gramshouse/category/storyteach/

Of particular recent interest, we described what our fall experiment looks like, where we're comparing the story and abstract versions of our three games.  In the most recent post, we summarize the first game on image representation, and share links to our detailed facilitator and game rules documents.
Last week we described our fall experiment, in which students in New Jersey played either an abstract or story-based version of three games that teach computer science concepts. In the next series of posts, we'll describe each concept and game alternating with a summary of observations from ...
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Our Gram's House research project (which is all about designing games for girls to consider computer science) has a blog now:

http://nuweb1.neu.edu/gramshouse/category/storyteach/ 
Design-Based Research An important aspect of our work is documenting our game design process, with the goal of making our design choices explicit as well as making clear the steps that were taken in the development and testing of the game and our emerging understanding of how computer science ...
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Transitioning From Academia to Industry
It seems that 2015 has been a year of change for our family.  My husband got a new job in February, we somewhat suddenly decided to buy a new house down the road over the summer, and I was unsuccessful at getting a permanent teaching position at Carleton.  ...
It seems that 2015 has been a year of change for our family. My husband got a new job in February, we somewhat suddenly decided to buy a new house down the road over the summer, and I was unsuccessful at getting a permanent teaching position at Carleton. Rather than becoming a full time student ...
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Going through similar parallel changes here! So much of change is what you do and make with it and, from what I've seen, you generate hay, lemonade, sunshine ... Whatever the metaphor. :) 
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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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Interesting passage from the book "How People Learn," showing just how far the idea of literacy for the masses has come even in the last century.

"Colonists were literate enough if they could sign their name, or even an X, on deeds. When immigrants arrived in large numbers in the 1800s, educators urged schools to deliver “recitation literacy” to the foreign children who filled the schoolrooms. That literacy was the ability to hold a book and reel off memorized portions of basic American texts such as the opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, a part of the Gettysburg address, or some Bryant or Longfellow. With the coming of World War I, and the prospect of large numbers of men handling new equipment in foreign countries, Army testers redefined reading. Suddenly, to the dismay of men used to reading familiar passages, passing the army reading test meant being able to make sense, on the spot, of never-before-seen text. Currently, that kind of “extraction literacy,” revolutionary in 1914, looks meager. Finding out who, what, when, where or how simply does not yield the inferences, questions, or ideas we now think of as defining full or “higher literacy.” The idea of a classroom where young women, poor and minority students, and learning disabled students all read (not recite) and write about (not copy) Shakespeare or Steinbeck is a radical and hopeful departure from the long-running conception of literacy as serviceable skills for the many and generative, reflective reading and writing for the few (Wolf, 1988:1)."

http://www.nap.edu/read/9853/chapter/10#133
First released in the Spring of 1999, How People Learn has been expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, ...
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Review / Ruby on Rails Tutorial: Learn Web Development with Rails by Michael Hartl
When I started at Shopify in the summer, the only Ruby I knew was from reviewing a children's book , and I didn't know any Rails at all. So I needed to get up to speed, and fast. Michael Hartl's Ruby on Rails Tutorial was my first, and still my favourite, g...
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Want an opportunity to be part of the next big thing in computer science education?

Would you be excited to design post-secondary CS learning experiences without the constraints of university lectures?

Do you live and breathe modern learning theory and pedagogy?

Would you be willing to move to Ottawa for an amazing job opportunity?

Inquire within. ;)
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Connections: Learning Science, Games, and Apprenticeships
I'm working on an education project that isn't ready to announce yet. In so doing, I've been taking another look at learning theory, game-like learning, and apprenticeships. Unsurprisingly, there are many connected ideas. Close connection / Daniela Hartmann...
I'm working on an education project that isn't ready to announce yet. In so doing, I've been taking another look at learning theory, game-like learning, and apprenticeships. Unsurprisingly, there are many connected ideas. Close connection - Verbundenheit. Close connection / Daniela Hartmann ...
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Online Communities are Why I'm Excited for GHC15
I've attended almost every Grace Hopper since 2008. The one exception was 2011, when I was too pregnant to fly. I found an old blog post about enjoying the conference from afar , where I reflected about being sad to be missing out once the conference star...
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    Turning CS education inside out, 2015 - present
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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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Gail Banaszkiewicz