From high school English teacher to Software Engineer at a Machine Learning company (Podcast)


On today's episode of the podcast, I got to chat with software engineer Jackson Bates who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Jackson used to be a high school English teacher, but gradually taught himself to code and landed a pretty sweet gig as a React dev, partly by chance. Today he works part time as a developer, part time as a stay at home dad, and volunteers his time with various open source projects. Jackson grew up in England, and studied English in school. Although going into education seemed a logical choice, he dabbled in other fields - like working at a prison cafeteria - for a while before landing a teaching job.

ASL-STEM Forum: A Bottom-Up Approach to Enabling American Sign Language to Grow in STEM Fields

AAAI Conferences

Deaf and hard of hearing students studying advanced topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lack standard terminology to enable them to learn, discuss and contribute to their chosen fields. The ASL-STEM Forum enables the diverse, thinly-spread groups that are independently creating and using terminology to come together using a community-based, video-enabled web resource. A common vocabulary would provide interpreters with consistent terminology and enable deaf scientists to more easily converse from a common basis. This paper discusses the implementation of the ASL-STEM Forum, describes our approach to building a community using the site, and overviews the unique opportunities it offers for observing a language developing from the bottom-up.

Yoga and smartphone photography classes come to European river cruises

Los Angeles Times

European river cruises offer a different way to see the continent. Now Emerald Waterways is adding another perk to floating on the river: learning something new. The educational focus includes wellness, photography and culinary classes. Included in the mix are smartphone photography workshops, yoga classes and dinners with a local celebrity chef. For instance, the company's Oct. 14 sailing, Sensations of Southern France, is scheduled to include classes by Jack Hollingsworth, travel photographer and author of the new book "The Joy of iPhotography."

Trump wants to spend $200M a year on STEM, computer science education

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Trump said in a memo that minority, rural and female students lack valuable access to STEM education programs. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Trump said in a memo that minority, rural and female students lack valuable access to STEM education programs.

American teacher in trouble for 'insulting' Vietnam national hero

FOX News

Daniel Hauer, an American English teacher in Vietnam, is in hot water for making offensive comments about one of the country's most revered figures.