OCDSB teacher wins 2020 EdTech Award

OCDSB teacher Emmanuelle Deaton wins 2020 EdTech Award
Posted on 05/14/2020

Lisgar Collegiate teacher Emmanuelle Deaton has won a 2020 EdTech Digest Award for her work as cofounder of the company, Hatch Coding.

The company won in the category Coding, Computer Science, and Engineering.

She started the company with her husband, Peter Kuperman, in 2014. The company began as in-person computer lessons and has grown to produce software to help students learn about computer programming.

The EdTech Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. The US-based program is the largest recognition program in education technology.

Ms. Deaton says when she started the company, she had little knowledge of computer programming, but has come to learn the tremendous opportunity of this field.

“My advice to students today is that they learn computer programming. The demand for software continues to grow and even fields like political science, history, and economics benefit from having students who are able to build original software programs,” she says.

“Similarly, all fields will require that teams of people be able to work with software engineers to develop software. Many developers are akin to authors who need to really delve into knowing and understanding a topic in order to create highly functional software. In fact, here’s a very important bit of advice to students: read as much as possible! It develops lateral thinking skills that are crucial to high-level programming.”
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