background preloader

Better tech

Facebook Twitter

10 women who changed the tech industry forever. If you look up “famous computer scientists” on Google, an image search will display an array of faces you might find in the audience of a Dave Matthews Band concert, overwhelmingly white and male.

10 women who changed the tech industry forever

Indeed, women in STEM fields are seen as a kind of unicorn: rare, and in some companies entirely mythical, even Google’s tech force is only 17 percent female. Lists of the greatest programmers of all time are almost always filled entirely with men—almost always white—with the rare exception of the inclusion of Ada Lovelace.

Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, is known as the founder of scientific computing, and serves as the eponymous hero of such organizations as the Ada Initiative and the Association for Women in Computing’s Ada Lovelace Awards. Although “Amazing Grace” Hopper is sometimes mentioned, Lovelace often serves as a token when talking about women in technology. Lest we forget these female pioneers, here are ten that should be remembered alongside their male counterparts. Dr. 6. 7. 60 Apps to Teach STEAM in the Classroom. Using a tablet to explore STEAM concepts is a natural pairing—as kids drag, draw and create they learn more about technology and the world around them.

60 Apps to Teach STEAM in the Classroom

That's why we've gathered 60 of our favorite apps for teaching STEAM in the classroom, with recommendations for every grade level. Read on to get our list! Science Apps for Grades K-2. A Wake Up Call For School Leaders. Learn To Play Like A Pro With GarageBand For Mac [OS X Tips. While the latest version of Apple’s fantastic (and free!)

Learn To Play Like A Pro With GarageBand For Mac [OS X Tips

Music production suite, GarageBand, has lost some functionality like podcasting and Magic GarageBand, it still has plenty to recommend it for those new to music or old vets alike. One of these cool features is the Learn to Play function, which has some pretty good basic music tutorials baked right in, along with the capability to purchase videos from hit artists like Sting and Norah Jones, who teach you how to play some of their famous songs. It’s a pretty heady set of music learning; here’s how to access it. Getting really good at your instrument will take more than watching a video or three, but this is a great start if you want to try your hand at the guitar or piano.

Launch GarageBand and you’ll usually get the New Project window, where you can select a keyboard, guitar, hip hop, or ringtone set up. If you want to download more lessons, click over on the Lesson Store icon in the left sidebar. Related. Dear Otto: Common Core requires publishing student work. How do I do that? Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech.

Dear Otto: Common Core requires publishing student work. How do I do that?

If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names. Here’s a great question I got from Rox in South Africa: In my lab I can only do with my learners software that I can get for free. I would like to do some publishing work with them – do you know of publishing software that is free and appropriate for Grade 4 to Grade 6. This is a great question, Rox, one that all teachers are addressing right now because Common Core makes ‘publishing’ fundamental to their standards– Thankfully, technology provides many differentiated ways to accomplish this, from the mundane to the fancy: Create a poster showing important information that you found in your research.

Many schools don’t have ready access to any method of doing this. I’ve only touched the tip of the publishing iceberg. To ask Otto a question, fill out the form below: 50 Shades of Mobile. Chrome & PlugIns - iGoogle. CanvasDraw CanvasDraw is a HTML5 rich drawing application supported by the online drawing community at RateMyDrawings connects your artwork with one of the most active drawing communities online by showcasing your drawings to the community of members who provide you with feedback and help you grow as an artist. 3Dnator Create stereoscopic 3D objects from any image. You only need red/cyan glasses and the 3Dnator Chrome extension. JAM with Chrome Play music live with your friends online.

Until AM Until AM transforms your web browser into a full-fledged DJ setup. Bomomo Hold the mouse cursor down, pressed on the canvas to draw and explore your creativity, relax or plan. Make GIF animations online using your webcam and images. Magisto With Magisto for Google Drive, you can automatically turn all the videos on your Google Drive into beautifully edited movies, complete with music and effects, in minutes. FabCam.