PyCon 2014

Convenciendo a más profesores para que enseñen a programar con Python

Selena Deckelmann  · 




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now where we're going to hear from Selena decalin about how to reach out to local teachers or why you should and how to this is a half hour session so it'll be 25 minutes then five minutes of questions hopefully so please welcome Selena thanks a lot

ok so that bit ly URL are the slides for this talk I am linking to a few different things so if you want to grab those links as I go through your welcome to have at that so I keep sort of harping on this idea that we need to connect with teachers and when

I say teachers i mostly mean k through 12 teachers just to set a little context what I'm talking about and as I was thinking about you know how i came to decide that I really wanted more k through 12 teachers in my life I wanted to get help from them in

the kind of teaching that I was doing for pi ladies which is mostly about teaching adults I realized that this was kind of how I thought about this problem initially and basically I thought of you know kids coming from parents which seems normal and natural

I guess and then and then the series of influences you know we got the family the society the peers the teachers and then and then the school and then out at the other end magically Python programmers pop out right this is kind of how how I really thought

about things for a long time and I'm gonna like most of the talk today is going to be about these leaky parts of this pipeline these assumptions and ideas that people end up that end up becoming ingrained like math makes me anxious that one that one starts

pretty early another one is that computer science is boring and irrelevant and that has a pretty significant impact on whether or not people ever decide to try to learn how to program another one is that computer science is for white boys and there's quite

a bit of research that's been done in the last like 10 de you know 20 years about this issue and finally there's a specific issue that affects Python which is that people believe that there aren't any jobs and fuss and that probably will come as

a surprise to a lot of people in the room because a lot of us are employed you know to write Python for a living but there are a lot of people that believe that that's just not possible so but this really only addresses that point wit at which you know

people are in school or they get out of school and really there's a lot more to this problem I'm not really going to address all that but i just want to point out that there's sort of this bigger donut out there of issues involving people getting

into and out of the computer science industry and the thing that i want to wonder about that doughnut is that it's pretty leaky butt but the thing I fundamentally believe about the leaky donut is this um is that you know it does leak and people exit our

industry at quite an alarming rate but the work that I'm doing and if you were here for the young coders workshop the work that folks like Barbara and Katie are doing so many people doing wonderful work with kids and adults right now trying to get people

back into the doughnut and and that's kind of what this talk is really about you know like people might encounter some of these you know these assumptions and thoughts and ideas but there are things that we can all do to combat it so so yeah so anyway

leaky donut and that brings me to sort of the meta issue that I encounter quite a bit in teaching adults which is I've come to kind of think of this as the possibilities problem and there's this really affecting blog post that Julie Horvath wrote about

a year ago and it's about women in tech it's about her experience and she said this thing that just really kind of stopped me in my tracks when I read it which was you know I didn't grow up thinking I could do anything I wanted to and every time

I read it I just feel I feel really overwhelmed because it so matches what I experienced when I go into workshops and teach women to learn how to code for the first time and this this is a picture we took in a workshop teaching adults about algorithms and

they were doing a pen and pencil exercise you know trying to figure out how to get from the airport to home using a bunch of different transportation methods but as they were going through that what they said afterward was that they finally felt confident

that they could explain what an algorithm was that before they had come they'd never really thought about what it what an algorithm was and also how that related to programming in any way and what it might mean to create their own algorithms and that's

that's really powerful transformation for them so here's now I'm going to go into all the reasons why I think k through 12 teachers in particular are a place where we can affect culture change at a pretty massive scale you know the young coders

workshop i think is a great example of doing this where we're just going out there and directly interacting with kids and showing them what's possible and i think it's a wonderful thing and i wish that we could do it everywhere all the time the

great thing about public education united states and a lot of my comments really are going to be about the united states there's lots of interesting stuff for example going on at india right now where they've just introduced python as a as a language

that can be taught at the university level instead of java there's great stuff happening in other countries but most of my comments today will be focused on the united states but anyway if we could get more K through 12 teachers doing computer science

doing computational literacy I think it would change a lot for us so one of the fundamental problems that we face with kids is that they think math just I mean not that they think math just makes them anxious and there are a couple reasons there's some

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