Digital Literacy Today && Tomorrow

Presentation by Nancy Naluz

InfoNexus Conference 2015

NANCY NALUZ

@nancynaluz

nancy@ladieslearningcode.com

Front-End Engineer // Community Manager // Speaker

Ladies Learning Code is a Canadian women-run, not-for-profit organization that offers workshops for women (and men!) to learn programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative environment.

19 

CITIES

(ACROSS CANADA)

STARTING IN MONTRÉAL IN JANUARY 2014, WE ARE THE 1ST CITY TO OFFER IT IN BOTH ENGLISH & EN FRANÇAIS

+375 

EVENTS

(and growing)

+12,000 

PARTICIPANTS

40%

OF OUR LEARNERS ARE COMPLETE 

BEGINNERS

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/diversity-in-tech/

Read full study here.

20 

YEARS

OVER THE PAST

...

THE NUMBER OF CANADIAN WOMEN GRADUATING IN STEM IS DECLINING.

24%

WOMEN ARE PAID

...

THAN THEIR MALE COLLEAGUES

LOWER

+52%

of HIGHLY QUALIFIED WOMEN in STEM QUIT THEIR JOB

ACCORDING TO THE ATHENA FACTOR

https://modelviewculture.com/

It's 2015. Is it really getting better?

 

http://www.codecademy.com/

http://teamtreehouse.com/

https://www.codeschool.com/

With a focus in UXwe are finally understanding how to best optimize presenting information and ease of accessibility.

https://thimble.webmaker.org

http://codepen.io/

http://jsfiddle.net/

Google Chrome Developer Tools

Firebug Developer Tools

Documentation is only getting better.

http://css-tricks.com/

http://getbootstrap.com/

http://stackoverflow.com/

Nevertheless, I wouldn't say that the environment to learn code online is "perfect."

StackOverflow is very opinionated and based on a point system.

Developers can be very opinionated. Just getting started can be intimidating at first.

Allow for diversity.

DON'T talk down on beginners and create documentation that is easily accessible to beginners.

Chris Coyier's List of Words to Avoid in Educational Writing 

  1. Obviously
  2. Basically
  3. Simply
  4. Of course
  5. Clearly
  6. Just
  7. Everyone knows
  8. However
  9. So
  10. Easy

http://css-tricks.com/words-avoid-educational-writing/

Scott Gray from O'Reilly School of Technology

1. Learn by making

2. Project-based learning

3. Don't be afraid to make mistakes

 

http://bit.ly/18SKrmw

"Teach one girl how to code, she’ll teach four" - Reshma Saujani

Things I learned from being a part of the community...

Don't just learn code.

Thanks for listening! 

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