Barb Bird


I had my first taste of programming in college. Basic, Fortran, Cobol... When I decided to return to teaching in 2001, I needed to take some computer courses to get my technology endorsement. I decided to take another shot at programming and chose Visual Basic. It was fun! But I didn't use it after the classes were over, so I forgot most of the details. Though, as B.F. Skinner said, "Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten."


In 2011 I decided it would be fun to learn another programming language, and I opted for Python. I bought James Payne's Beginning Python book and jumped in. I found that I remembered programming theory and logic - I only had to learn the language.



I learned a little about HTML just by playing with it, but I've learned more since I started teaching it! Nothing like trouble-shooting HTML written by 14-year-olds to really GET it.