Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Encouraging the Next Ada Lovelace

Today is Ada Lovelace Day. In her honor bloggers all over the world are writing about women in technology. You can see a long list of posts written for this special occasion.

As I thought about all the women for whom I have immense respect in the edublogosphere, I kept returning to Maria Knee. She is far from alone in what she does, but she deserves recognition because she is introducing a whole new world to her kindergartners. Through technology her kindergarten students in New Hampshire have access to so many people, places, and ideas that they could easily be unaware of. She is opening doors for students.

In addition, she is a mentor to teachers around the world. We learn from her about ways to use technology with our students (especially our young, primary grade ones), teaching in general, and ourselves as learners.

She's supporting us all, teachers and students alike, as we grow as learners, especially through the use of technology.

(If you are intrigued by the idea of posts for this purpose, check out my personal favorite for the day, celebrating Ms. PacMan. The video there is completely worth watching.)

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