I’ve been quite busy with my research (it’s the final year of my PhD), and I’ve been spending a lot of time working on algorithms for some experiments, as well as improving my Java skills to implement them.
I also wrote a blog post for The Guardian recently to support their “Digital Literacy” campaign. They asked me to comment on the lack of girls and women in IT from a personal point of view:
[…] I have only vague memories of ICT classes in school, except for one lesson where we were assigned the task of formatting an Excel spreadsheet. I was about 13 years old, and one of the few girls in my class who not only knew how to use a computer, but even owned one.
Now, more than a decade later, I am studying for a PhD in computer science and spend my spare time organising technology-related workshops for girls and women from different age groups and backgrounds.
Needless to say that my ability to format Excel spreadsheets played only a minor role in my decision to study computing at university level. […]
To read the entire blog post, visit the Guardian’s Teacher Network blog!