I spent Tuesday and Wednesday last week at EmTech '07 -- the Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT -- a conference produced by Technology Review. The conference included an extraordinary number of interesting women, including the CTO of Xerox, and I was pleased to be a presenter at the event.
I am an experimental multimedia artist, student, and teacher living in Denver, CO. My latest artistic pursuits are a combination of various mediums including still image, video, sound, sculpture, light, and performance. Most recently I have been collaborating with another female artist, Heidi Higginbottom, to choreograph audio/visual performances using found objects, homemade instruments, contact microphones, and film loops.
Last week Ben Worthen, who writes the Wall Street Journal's Business Technology blog, posted a provocatively titled piece called, "Do Women Hate IT?" NCWIT provided some statistics and a few quotes for his post, which he ended with the question, "Why do you think women aren't pursuing IT careers?"
Earlier this month my husband and I packed up ourselves and our sons and headed off to Texas: first to Dallas, and then a long drive over to east Texas, where my folks live. We know what is in store for us -- aside from seeing family, eating, playing cards, and shooting off fireworks -- when we arrive: tech support.
I'm a school psychologist who has been taking computer classes part-time for the past four years. I'm the mother of two daughters, so I have a personal interest in the area of women in technology. Last semester, I took two graduate courses - Human Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing. There were very few female students in my classes, which has been the case in all of the computer courses I have taken. I'm 50 years old, and assumed that things would be much different by now.
The NCWIT K-12 Alliance deployed its first project this week: we gave away 4,000 Gotta Have IT resource kits at the 2007 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference, sponsored by ISTE, attracts more than 18,000 K-12 educators from around the world. We're eager to distribute the kit to these educators, and to hear more about their needs, concerns, stories and successes, teaching technology in their classrooms.