Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Need Math symbols on the iPad? Problem solved!

Math teachers rejoice!  The Math Keyboard is free today on @appsgonefree.  Easy to install, just download the app, and follow the directions that pop up. The keyboard can be accessed in any app including gDocs!

math keyboard in gDocs
directions from app

Friday, February 13, 2015

A FREE Unconference: The Intersection of Literacy & Technology

LitWorld and VoiceThread are partnering to bring "Novel Ideas: An Unconference," to teachers in the NYC metro area.  The event will take place on Saturday, February 28th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  The unconference will be held at the Flatiron Hotel in their beautiful living room and loft area.  The space accomodates 75, so spots are limited. Read more about this FREE unconference, pitch ideas, and register HERE.  
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Code #LikeAGirl, my first article published on @sheisfiercehq!


That quote is from Grace Hopper, a woman and a pioneer in the world of computer science.  Many women have had influence in the world of computer science throughout history, but data now tells a different story.

Fewer and fewer women are entering the field of computer science.  Less diversity in the field leads to homogeneous thinking and a hindrance to innovation.  As of now, only 20% of the computer science workforce is representing the voices of women.


Gender & Computer Science Infographic

This leaves women behind the curve in the “new economy” in which advanced computing skills can lead to lucrative careers. 

As of now, only 20% of the computer science workforce is representing the voices of women. 

Unfortunately, unless something is done to narrow the gap in the field, it will only add to gender and salary inequalities.

Studies show that gender identity and bias begins early.  While we are seeing a shift, a feeling of inadequacy in math and science is still prevalent in young women. Girls often have less exposure to computers and computer science classes throughout their school years.  There is also a distinct absence of female role models in the field of computer science..

This is a call to action for all of us, mothers, fathers, teachers, business leaders, and politicians.  It is imperative that we begin to reach students beginning as early as Elementary School. 

This is a call to action for all of us, mothers, fathers, teachers, business leaders, and politicians.  

Outreach can demystify computer science, inspire budding computer scientists, and stop stereotypes before they are even formed.  There are organizations such as Girls Who CodeMade With Code, and Girl Develop It working to reach and mentor young girls.  As fierce women, mothers, and advocates, we must put forth our voice as well in support of inspiring the next generation of fierce women in computer science.

Author Jennifer Ralston Stringer is the founder and a consultant at Square 32 Consulting.  Over the past 15 years, Jennifer has gained experience as a Teacher, Administrator, Educational Technology Coordinator, and Professional Development Leader.  In 2010, she founded Square 32 Consulting to help schools, parents and educational technology companies understand the changing world of the digital learning age.  Her clients have included public and private schools, parent groups, and various educational technology companies.

Meet Jennifer at Square 32 Consulting

Sunday, February 8, 2015

#SheIsFierceHQ launches today!

She is Fierce HQ launches today.  The product of a lot of hard work from the founder, Kelly Youngs, brings women together from across the globe that are dedicated to living boldly.  She is Fierce publishes articles with inspiration from experts and everyday women in the areas of career advancement, motherhood, lifestyle, relationships and health.  I'm happy to be a contributor and my first article, Code #LikeAGirl is soon to be published!!

You can connect with She is Fierce through their website or social media channels.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Daily Reading and Writing Habits

The article below from ASCD reminded me of important, research-based practices that should be happening in our classrooms each and everyday.
I made this poster in kid friendly language to hang in my room.  It serves as a daily reminder for my students and for me!  Feel free to use it if you'd like!

Click here to download:
Daily_reading_and_writing_habits_poster.pdf (98 KB)