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Beginning BrainStation

Today, I start BrainStation in the full time Web Development bootcamp. For the next 10 weeks, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, I’m coding. I won’t be teaching and probably not responding to a heck of a lot during that time, but I’ll be around.
The timing for this was perfect. I have about a month off from teaching between semesters anyway and figured, why not use the time to my advantage? I’m not missing a whole semester, but only 6 weeks of teaching, representing May and June. I plan on returning to Sheridan College for the July/August portion of the semester, but who knows how long that will last?
I know a lot of stuff, but only in bits and pieces. I’ve learned that I have trouble learning on my own time, at my own pace, so dedicating the time to this, without other obligations is the only way I’m going to get this done.
Why BrainStation? Firstly, they start us off nice and easy with HTML and CSS. This gives me a chance to get back into the swing of things and get accustomed to being a student again, rather than a teacher. Let someone else be responsible for being in front of the room and doing the slides. I’ll just sit and learn. Second, the schedule fit perfectly with the timing of what was going to work for me. Lastly, but certainly not least, I got an automatic $1,000 scholarship for being a woman in technology from BrainStation. It didn’t hurt that they are one of the educational partners for DevTO and that it turns out that I know one of the admissions officers.
So here’s me, off on my first day as a student…again. Will try to write as frequently as I can, but know that I’m going to be focussing on other things. That being said, looking forward to seeing what opportunities the future holds. I may even be looking for my next opportunity when this is all over. Hope you will join me on this journey!
And hey, I even started using Instagram. Find me @ShantaDotCa.


First day of new life @brainstation. #coding #inspiration

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Teaching Technology at #DevTO – Video

And if you didn’t get a chance to attend, here’s the video from my talk #DevTO last month. Hope to see you at another one soon. Keep the conversation going!

Teaching Technology at DevTO – Slide Deck

A big thanks to DevTO and the amazing people at Shopify for hosting our talk on Teaching Technology with Marc Lijour of Cisco. Here are my presentation slides from the event, but as those who attended will know, the conversation was much more than just the slides! I still welcome feedback on this topic and want to make sure we’re going in the right direction. Amazing time was had by all, and great job by my students that actually attended!

Here are three of my students that decided to come out and support me. Thanks to @JoshuaKYuh for the photo!

Here are three of my students that decided to come out and support me. Thanks to @JoshuaKYuh for the photo!

Teaching Tech and Tech For Learning – A #DevTO Presentation

Ginny and I at the anniversary party for DevTO

After attending almost every #DevTO event ever created, I’ve finally stepped up to the plate and decided to give my own DevTO Talk: Teaching Tech. I’ve teamed up with Marc Lijour of Cisco to present to you not only how Tech is delivered at Sheridan College (and many more places) but also how it is taught in the current system. We all know that none of this stuff is perfect, but my hope in delivering this talk is to start bridging the gaps. Are we as educators delivering the correct material to deliver to the working world the best we can? What are we missing? Are we on the right track? What are the biggest challenges?

Make sure you get on the list to attend, and I hope to see you there! I’m on record as being the first tech woman to attend, and that was only their second meetup, so I’m definitely a diehard!  A quick note that many of my students are filling up the list pretty quick, so I suggest doing it now!

Still not convinced? Check out the link to the event on DevTO.ca and then register here:

Teaching Tech & Tech for Learning

Monday, Jul 28, 2014, 6:30 PM

80 Spadina Ave Toronto, ON

175 Members Went

Teaching Technology – Shanta NathwaniTechnology is changing fast, and so does teaching. Shanta will talk about an innovative program blending communication, design, and technology run at Sheridan College in partnership with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. They are taught to be the translators of business needs to technology solutions and…

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