Posted: Mon, 03/01/2021 - 22:53
Each month, we highlight a member of the CS for All Teachers community. Here, we get to know a staff member on the CS for All Teachers project team.
Name: Blythe Collier
Title: Research Assistant
Work Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Years on project: 1
Role on project: Community Engagement
COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS) AND YOU
What have you learned working with this community?
Prior to this community, I had no idea how many cool CS unplugged lesson frameworks there were.
What do you enjoy most about working on CS for All Teachers? I love watching members make new connections both in the virtual community (like in discussion groups) and on Twitter. There's an inspiring energy around new and seasoned teachers sharing experiences and resources. I especially love watching the ideas build through discussions that, for the most part, are asynchronous but at the same time are so dynamic and rewarding.
Write a poem or haiku describing what working with this community and fellow CS for All Teachers staff is like? Learning eyes bright, energy bright, energy bright! This contagious momentum. Bear witness: teachers trade magic.
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What is your first memory about CS?
Unknowingly, when I was about 10, I used HTML in online writing forums because it was the easiest way to format my posts the way I wanted to. I didn't realize I was learning basic code - I was just copying patterns that seemed to work!
What program or app can you not absolutely not live without? What makes it so indispensable?
I just got new hearing aids and the controls are on an iPhone app. It's so cool learning about how technology has evolved in just a few years and of all the new capabilities. It's also strange (and a bit exciting) to tap buttons on the phone and have my perception of reality change. I feel like I'm in a sci-fi movie.
How do you unwind or recharge after a long day (week, month, etc.) of work? Any hobbies, special talents, or favorite vacation spots you'd like to share?
This year, free time is rare - but I'm loving it! I am working towards an M.A. in Organizational Psychology, so I use my evenings to study. When I am not working or studying, I enjoy cooking (especially improvising "off-book") and hiking in the hills of Santa Cruz, CA.