Archive for October, 2011

Shri Footring

October 7, 2011

Once again, it is Ada Lovelace Day (#ald11). I work with some really fantastic people, and lots of them are women. However, I would like to give a special mention to @ShriFootring. 

A few years ago at a workshop, the facilitator was eliciting information about how many mobile devices people were carrying, and Shri came out with more than anyone in the room. This was remarkable on at least two counts. Firstly, because I don’t know how she could fit that many in her bag. Secondly, and more importantly, it surprised me because she doesn’t really talk about the gadgets themselves that much, but always relates them to people, and how they might use them. 

On another occasion, we were lining up in order of when we first started using specific technologies, and it turned out that Shri was an early adopter of just about every kind of networking technology I had heard of. This lends a real weight to the way she talks about technology – she really has been around the block – again not just in terms of technical ability (and she has plenty of that), but also understanding where the opportunities and the barriers lie, and how people of all kinds can use these tools in learning and teaching. 

So thanks for being a great mentor to so many of us, Shri, and keep letting us know when you spot the really good stuff….