Thank you Dr. Sue Black @dr_black & Mary Carty @marycarty #ald16

It’s my 7th year blogging for Ada Lovelace Day! It’s one of my favorite days to blog & celebrate amazing women. This year I would like to thank Dr. Sue Black AND the amazing Mary Carty who introduced me to Dr. Black!

Dr. Sue Black is simply incredible – and generous of her time on social media and an inspiration to me! Dr. Black OBE FBCS FRSA (born 1962) is a British computer scientist, academic and social entrepreneur. She has been instrumental in saving Bletchley Park, the World War II codebreaking site. (wikipedia) She wrote Saving Bletchley Park.  You can find all ways to engage and connect with her here:

Mary Carty is also simply incredible.  Mary is Executive Director , CoFounder , Advisor , , speaker, author (twitter). The MAET program was extremely lucky to work with Mary & the LaunchPad team in Galway this summer and I was extremely lucky to gain a mentor, friend and champion.  My mind is constantly running with ways to continue collaborations and support in formal and informal ways.

Follow Dr. Black & Mary to be inspired to action!


Add your story!

On October 11th, 2016 write a blog post about your STEM heroine and add it to our collection: Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Write about a woman in science, technology, engineering or maths whose achievements you admire.
  2. Publish your story online.
  3. Add your story to our collection.
  4. Tell your friends!

2015 Post – Thank you Kimberly Bryant
2014 Post – Thank you MSU Women in Computing (WIC)
2013 Post – Thank you Dr. Kyla McMullen
2012 Post – Thank you Mary, Pam & Catherine
2011 Post – Thank you Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite
2010 Post – Thank you Dr. Catherine Mohr

The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI

Thanks to Punya for alerting me to the The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In #GWWI happening this coming Friday!

The event is organized by By Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam and the following quotes are from their blog:

Why “global women”? If you’ve ever tried doing a Wikipedia search for important women theorists around the world, you might be surprised to note how short the entries are, particularly on their work and their ideas (for example: Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Gayatri Spivak, bell hooks, Gloria AnzalduaVandana Shiva, and Sara Ahmed). Many important women of color, such as Oyeronke Oyewumi and Frieda Ekotto, lack entries or stubs in Wikipedia. Additionally, coverage of international events involving women is brief or nonexistent (for example: the 1929 Aba Women’s Riots in NigeriaDomitila Barrios de Chúngara; and Angkatan Wanita Sedar or “Force of Awakened Women,” an important feminist group in Malaysian history).

For the past 3 years I have been participating in the Ada Lovelace Day blog initiative where we are asked to write about technical women who inspire us. The organizers have also started a collection of “heroines” – this is a great place to start if you’re looking for someone to post to Wikipedia! The #GWWI is not just for technical women. How can you get involved?

How can you participate?

  1. Contribute to the list of Wikipedia entries that we should edit or improve. Add your ideas to the working list here or in the comments below. You can find ‘stub’ articles — those that have been marked as needing further information — by searching various categories.
  2. Sign up for a Wikipedia account (we recommend using a pseudonym).
  3. Watch this video to learn how to edit Wikipedia. Be sure to set aside some time for this video. It’s an hour long, and we recommend clicking on FLASH – it tends to play better that way. If you don’t have time to do this, join the hashtag on Twitter or our designated chatroom to ask questions or share your experiences.
  4. Review our resources for writing Wikipedia entries that stick and our useful links.
  5. Don’t want to write? Add images to feminist articles. Here is the image use policy for Wikipedia.
  6. Track our work and tweet your own using the Twitter hashtag #GWWI.
  7. Join us on Friday, April 26th from 1-3PM EST from your own computer!

(Quoted from original blog post by Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam)

Time to get thinking and writing!

Save the date: Oct 27, 2012 29th annual MSU COE EdTech conference – @courosa is coming!

Cross-posted from the EduTech blog – because I’m super excited about this!

The 29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology conference will be held on October 27th, 2012 on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University in Erickson Hall from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The theme of this year’s conference is open and networked education and it is quite fitting that through a collaboration between the College of Education, the MSU College of Education Alumni Association and the Master of Arts in Educational Technology Program, this year’s conference will be FREE OF CHARGE to all attendees. (Stay tuned for registration information!)

Work PhotoWe are also excited to announce that Dr. Alec Couros will be our keynote speaker for this year’s conference. Alec is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by the tools of connectivity. Find out more about Dr. Couros at or by following him on twitter @courosa

The Call for Presentation & Workshop Proposals is NOW OPEN!
Proposals Due: August 15, 2012

Presentations will be 45 minutes long and workshops will be 1 1/2 hours long. All workshops must include hands-on instruction.

Click here for the submission form

Presenters will be informed of their acceptance by September 15th and will receive information about session times by October 1, 2012. Please pass this post along to anyone you know that might be interested in presenting and we look forward to seeing you on October 27th!

The hashtag for the conference is #coetc12

Thank you!
Terri Gustafson & Leigh Graves Wolf, PhD (2012 conference co-coordinators)
Center for Teaching & Technology / Master of Arts in Educational Technology
College of Education – Michigan State University
E: – P: 517-432-4329
Terri on Twitter: @tgustafson; @Centr4TeachTech
Leigh on Twitter: @gravesle @maet

11-10-10 #picmecomp post in Solidarity of Women in Computer Science

my first computer program

I vividly remember programming the above output back in second grade.  I have always considered myself very lucky that I have been supported by teachers and mentors in the technical realm.  My early career interests (radio and tv production and network administration/engineering) were (and still are) male dominated fields. While I never felt intimidated or discriminated against in my situations, the majority of my mentors were male.  Now that I am in the educational technology realm, I still experience a lack of diversity (in gender, race and age) and do my best to support other women in technology.  I am thankful for friends like Betsy Weber and Carla McWherter who were instrumental in establishing Michigan Girl Geek dinners.  Additionally, Keri-Lee Beasley has started to curate a twitter list of women in ed-tech. Continually vocalizing our achievements and supporting each other at events like the Grace Hopper celebration and providing young women with technical experiences (like the ones I had in elementary school) are an important part of our social responsibility.  If you’re at a loss, ask for help – I’m here and know others ready and willing to help implement similar projects in your schools – LEGO Robotics, Scratch programming clubs, DIY tech days are all simple ways to engage young women in tech experiences that can have a profound impact on their future careers.

If you’re in charge of a technical conference or group, I urge you to keep a conscious eye on the makeup of your participants. Two EXCELLENT examples that (in my opinion) represent a comprehensive group of voices is the 2011 line up of distinguished speakers for South by Southwest EDU and the 2011 MacArthur Fellows.

I am proud to picture myself in computing everyday and I urge you to share your stories and pictures. Here’s how you can participate in #picmecomp –


Thank you Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite

Last year for Ada Lovelace day I wrote about Dr. Catherine Mohr.  This year, I would like to thank the forward thinking Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite.  Dr. Haythornthwaite is currently the Director of the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies at University of British Columbia.

(Creative Commons Image courtesy of estzer on Flickr)

I first learned about Dr. Haythornthwaite’s work when I took a social network analysis course. In the course we read selections from The Internet in Everyday LifeYou can find a recent list of her publications on her website:

I highly encourage you to take some time to look at her “Recent Activities” and “Teaching” pages. Her work in pushing the field of social network analysis and social informatics is truly groundbreaking and inspirational.


You too can contribue to Ada Lovelace Day!

Just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Create content about a woman in STEM that you admire. Write a blog post, record a podcast, make a video, draw a comic. What you do doesn’t matter, so long as it’s publicly available and has a URL.
  2. Log in to your account here on
  3. Add the URL to your content to our directory.

Web Redesign Boot Camp – MSU Viewing Party!

The MSU Master of Arts in Educational Technology program would like to invite others in the MSU community to view the Higher Ed Experts Web Redesign Boot Camp Webinar series!  Our registration allows an unlimited number of attendees at our connection – this is an excellent opportunity for the MSU Web Dev community to connect!

Here are the important details:

Website Redesign Boot Camp: what you need to know before jumping into a redesign project
February 16, 17 & 18, 2010 – 1PM-2PM ET

MSU Campus Viewing Locations

February 16th – 1pm – 2pm Room 215 Computer Center
February 17th – 1pm – 2pm Room 215 Computer Center
February 18th – 1pm – 2pm Room 318 Computer Center


02/16/10 –  215 Computer Center     1:00- 2:00 pm
02/17/10  – 318 Computer Center     1:00- 2:00 pm (we have to leave promptly; another meeting is scheduled at 2:00 pm)
02/18/10 –  318 Computer Center     1:00- 2:00 pm

A big thank you to Debbie Malcangi (Academic Technology Services) and Ranti Junus (MSU Libraries) for helping to coordinate a room!

Below – you will find the description of each webinar — we will be streaming each webinar on the big screen and we have the room reserved for a bit after the viewing to allow time to chat and mingle.

We look forward to seeing you!

UPDATE: I am waiting to hear back about rebroadcasting archived sessions for those who cannot make the sessions above. Please leave a comment below if you are interested in the webinars, but cannot make these sessions.

February 16, 2010 – 1PM-2PM ET
Top trends in higher ed redesigned websites
Stewart Foss, Founder of EduStyle and co-author of The eduStyle Guide to Usable Higher Ed Homepage Design, will present the latest trends in higher ed web design identified among the best redesigned websites (homepage, departmental, admissions, etc.) in 2009.

February 17, 2010 – 1PM-2PM ET
How to survive a Website Redesign & a CMS Implementation
Ben Riseling, Manager of Web Operations for the Office of News & Communications at Duke University, will make sure your survive your next website redesign coupled with a CMS implementation. He will share the best tips and tricks he acquired during the 9-month process preceding the launch of the new powered by the open source CMS, Drupal, in October 2009.

February 18, 2010 – 1PM-2PM ET
Recipe for Successful Web Redesigns
Chas Grundy, Director of Interactive Marketing for AgencyND – a marketing agency within the University of Notre Dame, will explain how his team manages website redesigns for different departments and offices as well as for the university homepage. He will share best practices and lessons learned as well as his own recipe for sucessful web redesigns and happy stakeholders.