I live in the middle of a Venn diagram. My circles are IT, edtech, and learning. Women figure prominently in one of these circles – learning – but less so in edtech and perhaps even less in IT. What a wonderful event Ada Lovelace Day is to celebrate women in technology, the very centre of my Venn diagram.
I’ve chosen today to focus on the circle currently having the most influence in my life. I am in the final days of my M.Ed. program where I have delved deeply into educational technology. There are many notable women in this field, including Barbara Bichelmeyer, Bonnie Bracey, Elizabeth Boling, Elizabeth Burge, Katy Campbell, Carolyn Guss, Janette Hill, Marcy Driscoll, Linda Harasim, Michele Jacobsen, Maria Klawe, Thérèse Laferrière, Elizabeth Murphy, Ellen Rose, Allison Rossett, Marlene Scardamalia, Susan Silverman, Cynthia Solomon, Sherry Turkle and Nancy White (with my apologies to any I have left unnamed). But these Ada Lovelace posts are about one person that has influenced you, and I want to share the story of a teacher in Montreal Quebec that I interviewed this year for the Virtual Museum project.
Sharon Peters is that special teacher, educational technologist, leader. She is the proof that one person can make a difference. I invite you to listen to my interview with Sharon (follow the link and click on her name) on our Virtual Museum of Educational Technology wiki. I think you will be inspired too.