Recent events, particularly COVID-19, have emphasised the lack of equity in computing, especially when it comes to equipment and connectivity. It’s also no secret that the field of computer science is lacking in diversity. So today, we’re asking the question: "What does equity, access, diversity, and inclusion have to do with computing?". James and Carrie Anne are joined by two guests to explore how important it is for educators to reflect on their practice and ensure their teaching is accessible, inclusive, and engaging to all learners.
Our guests this week are two experienced and inspiration computing educators, both striving to promote equity in computing:
Beverly Clarke works for BCS (the Chartered institute for IT) as the National Community Manager for Computing at School (CAS). As well as being a former computing teacher, she is also a published author, resource writer, and founder of AIinSchools.
Yolanda is a Research Associate at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Fellow at the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing. She facilitates a Code Club and Girls Who Code chapter while still finding time to tinker at home with her two sons.
Together, we explore the challenges presented by access, not only in terms of computing devices, but also role models, encouragement, and opportunities. We discuss the importance of knowing your learners and adopting a culturally responsive approach to pedagogy. As well as these big issues, we discuss some practical steps that educators can take to support their learners.
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We’ll be back in two weeks time with our next episode, where we'll ask the question: "How do we engage learners in data science?"