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Brandelyn House
Classroom Technology Coach
Ben Hill County School District

Who inspired you to pursue a career in technology? My dad inspired my love of technology. As I was growing up, he repaired computers as a hobby and I loved to spend time learning with him and helping him fix hardware issues. In college I began fixing computers on my own, as favors for friends. I love learning new things and the ah-ha moment when I figure something out. There’s a lot of reasoning in technology, which fits my type A personality.

What are some important things schools can do to help girls and boys develop strong technology skills? Schools should teach digital citizenship and reinforce its importance. Coding is very important, too, as it is not only at the forefront of technology but it also develops critical thinking skills. One thing that I’ve also found disturbing is the trend to discontinue keyboarding in some schools. This is an imperative skill that students should and can learn at a very young age.

Do you see a difference in the way girls and boys approach technology/computer science? I see differences in personalities in the approaches more than I notice gender. Some prefer to learn by trial and error while others are more systematic and like to be shown and/or taught.