Author Archives: lindamciver

About lindamciver

Australian Freelance Writer, Teacher, & Computer Scientist

Precision Oncology

The HPC Impact showcase provided a brilliant talk by Rick Stevens from Argonne National Laboratories. These are my notes – as usual, stream of consciousness, all mistakes are almost certainly mine. Rick gave an excellent intro to what cancer is … Continue reading

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Smart Cities

As always, these are fast-typed, barely edited, streams of consciousness. No accuracy implied. ­čÖé These are my notes from the Smart Cities Plenary. “Imagine an intersection that can calculate the trajectory of all the vehicles coming at it, and it … Continue reading

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SC17 and Quantum Computing

Once again I’m at the SC17 Supercomputing conference with four amazing year 10 students from John Monash Science School. This time we’ve dragged a chem teacher along for the ride. As always I intend to blog and it will be … Continue reading

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The things we put up with

During the week our handbasin drain blocked. I squirmed around underneath it, taking apart the various bits of pipe we have access to, and really struggled. Some bits were so tight they were difficult to undo. Some bits, once they … Continue reading

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As easy as pi?

Hardware like Lego Robots, Arduinos, and Raspberry Pis have a reputation for being easy intros to tech in the classroom. But how usable are they? Continue reading

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Why reach for the stars?

It feels a little strange to introduce myself now: ┬á“Dr Linda McIver, Head of Learning – Digital Technologies@JMSS, and 2017 Superstar of STEM”. Really, who goes around calling themselves a superstar? I’m not one for self-aggrandisement. I just want to … Continue reading

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Everyone can program

Everyone can program. Maybe not right at this instant. But everyone has the ability to┬álearn to program. It’s really true. Some people disagree – mostly people who believe that┬áthey can’t program, it’s too hard. But everyone really can program. Bear … Continue reading

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