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Wednesday, August 20 • 11:15am - 12:05pm
You Know, for Kids! 7 Ideas for Improving Tech Education in Schools - Rikki Endsley, Red Hat

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Access to technology, encouragement, mentors, and role models aren't enough. Before the tech field sees a dramatic increase in diversity, our educational system must be more inclusive. This talk is based on the article Open Letter to My Daughter’s High School Programming Teacher, which is the story of one teenager’s first programming class. Inspired by her daughter’s negative experience in the class, Rikki will discuss what what can (and often does) go wrong, and how the classroom environment can be improved dramatically without affecting staffing or budgets. This talk is based on an article that hit the front pages of Hacker News, Reddit, and Slashdot, generated thousands of comments (and dozens of private emails), and inspired lively (and heated) conversations about high school programming classes and diversity in tech: http://rikkiendsley.com/?p=256

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Rikki Endsley

Community Evangelist, Red Hat
Rikki Endsley is an editor and community manager for Opensource.com. Previously she worked as a community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat. Other hats she has worn include: tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and UnixReview.com. Follow her on Twitter @rikkiends.

Wednesday August 20, 2014 11:15am - 12:05pm

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