Last Thursday, Tech Girl Savvy had the amazing opportunity to speak with Eduvue within a Google Hangout. It was my first experience using this service and I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with the ladies about a topic that I am quite passionate about – girls in tech! The ladies of EduVue include Catherine Flippen, (@catflippen), Stacia McFadden (@slmteched), Kate Matthews (@GaTechTeach) and Jaime Vandergrift (@jaimevanderg)
Jaime has been in my PLN for years, but we have never met F2F. Even so, we have collaborated with one another in the online world as if we have been great gal pals for life. When Jaime approached me about showcasing Tech Girl Savvy with an interview on EduVue, I was truly honored. I love the whole idea around EduVue – strong women in tech who seek to “break down the walls of the classroom” by discussing edtech trends with influential PLN members that might be from another part of the world or just one or two states away! You can find EduVue here and here to learn more about their vision and to follow their semi-weekly broadcasts via Google Hangout. Please follow them, like them and add them to your circles!
Now, let’s get back to our fun and exciting interview with EduVue! Cat kicked the night off with some questions about our business, Tech Girl Savvy, and Stacey and I were thrilled to be able to share our vision and purpose for creating it. We also shared our plans for the Tech Girl Savvy Tech Camp for Girls debuting in the Summer of 2014. More details will be shared within the year about this exciting program. We are also excited about meeting with Rushton Hurley and teaming up with him to get girls producing videos about STEM! Find more about his video contests here.
Stacia asked us a great question about how to get girls involved with technology in co-ed classrooms and how to encourage confidence building. Stacey shared some details about her Minecraft Club and how she helped girls to get excited and involved in it. I talked about having implemented Kagan Cooperative Learning strategies in my classroom and how every small group was composed of four students who were equally responsible for producing content and collaborating with the rest of the group. This truly helped keep my girls involved and in charge when a boy was quick to try and take the lead.
Jaime continued the interview with another great question that can be summed up like this: How do we overcome unconscious bias in our ed tech world where sometimes women aren’t perceived as the “Tech expert” in the room, especially where there are other guys in our same field present? I felt that this was a great opportunity to discuss the issue of women holding other women back. Personally, I have experienced this two ways: Women in leadership roles who have had the opportunity to mentor me, but chose to hold me back or make my life more difficult. I have also had amazing mentors, who were women in leadership roles. They took the time to help me focus on my dreams and passions and sort of “clean up” my vision before proceeding with getting others on board with project ideas. That is the kind of woman I strive to be; one who empowers younger women around me without feeling some sort of jealousy, anger, competitiveness or intimidation because they know more than me. Women in leadership roles should build up and encourage women and be careful not to extinguish their flame.
The interview wrapped up with Cat asking Stacey and I to share who in our lives has influenced us, specifically a woman. Not surprisingly, since we are so alike, Stacey and I both responded with “Mom.” I truly owe my mom a debt of gratitude for getting me involved in technology at such a young age. She made me read a Microsoft Windows OS manual (sorry, Apple!) from front to back when I was in middle school because she had the foresight to believe that I would need those skills to strive in high school and beyond. Thanks, Mom! And thanks to EduVue for allowing us to share our background and our vision for the future with you. You are all strong, empowering women and I can’t wait to continue to learn and grow with you.
Please check out the complete interview here on YouTube! (Excited to see that we were included on Zite linked to the “women” tag!)