Remote Space


Teaching Through Screens

Ep. 20

In this episode of Remote Space, host Doug Thomas is joined by Maria Mendiburo, PhD, a Senior Technical Programmer at Microsoft. Outside of her day job digging into the engineering that makes AI work, Maria has a lifelong passion for education.

Maria has taught classes for TEALS, a program connecting classroom teachers with tech industry volunteers to create sustainable computer science classes. Maria discusses some of the advantages (and of course, disadvantages) of remote learning and what the future may look like in education going forward. 

We also learn more about Maria’s work with LatinaTechies, a Seattle networking group founded by Maria with the goal of connecting women in technology. Doug and Maria discuss how she’s seeing massive explosions in networking via sites like LinkedIn versus the sponsored meetups she used to attend pre-pandemic. 




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