Kirby Urner

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Kirby Urner

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Kirby moved to Portland from Chicago when his dad joined the Portland Planning Bureau, after which the family moved overseas to serve planning clients in Libya, Philippines, Egypt, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Lesotho.

Kirby attended Princeton University, focusing on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein for his thesis, while haunting the “E-Quad” (engineering quadrangle) for computer science courses, having fallen in love with APL (Princeton had scattered APL terminals, slaved to an IBM 370, throughout the campus).

After serving as a mathematics teacher in an exclusive Catholic academy for young women, and as a contributing editor for computer literacy materials for McGraw-Hill in the 1980s, Kirby returned to Portland to pursue a career in programming in the not-for-profit sector, starting with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Center for Urban Education, and later as an associate with Dawn Wicca & Associates (DWA).

Kirby’s background in philosophy and computer science continued to inform his approach to education whereas the development of the Internet enabled him to discover his global team of peers, including within the Python community.

Open Source Bridge 2013

Proposals for this user

* Pythonic Andragogy (Python for Adults)

You've heard of kids using turtle graphics. Lets talk about "tractor graphics" in a hypothetical Python course from a possible future.
Culture 2013-03-20 21:07:01 +0000
Kirby Urner

Open Source Bridge 2009

Sessions for this user

* Python for Teachers

Bring your laptop with Python installed and follow along as we go through examples from a 21st century high school mathematics curriculum, such as we're currently prototyping and implementing in niche markets.
Kirby Urner