BCSWomen “My Brilliant Career” event

June 29, 2011 / 0 comments

Yesterday I was in London for a BCSWomen Committee meeting, followed by an evening workshop called “My Brilliant Career“. It was a change from the normal BCSWomen workshop format (talk, drinks & networking, talk, drinks & networking) as we started with a very hands-on workshop on career planning from Christine Alexander Smith (who was high…

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CAS annual teachers conference

June 24, 2011 / 0 comments

I’m just back from the Computing At School annual teachers’ conference, which was held in Birmingham University. It was a really fascinating conference – a mixture of policy, curriculum, practical advice, tips and tricks. The problem of computing in schools is now well known, with reports from the Royal Society, BCS, NESTA, and many other…

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Not your standard male voice choir

June 22, 2011 / 0 comments

Finally got round to seeing a male voice choir last night. They weren’t exactly local, though. And they were a bit more energetic than the traditional Welsh version. In the Aberyswyth Arts Centre, the Great Hall is where they put the big acts. It’s got four sections which can be curtained off, and you can…

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On being an academic twit

June 15, 2011 / 9 comments

On the Welsh Crucible course last week we investigated engagement with media and the public, and twitter was one of the channels we discussed. A few of the other participants expressed an interest in getting into (or more into) twitter but we didn’t have time to talk it through at any length so I thought…

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Women are crap at mental rotation

June 12, 2011 / 2 comments

In psychology, there’s a classic study of mental rotation. In this, you get an example shape and some other shapes, and you have to work out which are the same as the example. The first rotation study was done by Roger Shepard and Jacqueline Metzler back in 1971. The technique is used to show various…

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The end of teaching

June 2, 2011 / 0 comments

I’ve got two short reports to write for the exam boards, and then my teaching’s over for the summer. It’s been great fun, and I’ve learned a lot. But I’m ready to get on with some more research now. So here’s a pic of the books ready to back on the shelves – agents, semantic…

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