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  • 1. Bridging the digital divide Miranda Valkenburg April 16 2012
  • 2. Topics The impact of ICT on education Trends Challenges in (ict) education Digital literacy and diversity Research on gender and ict Project Ict-STER
  • 3. Introduction
  • 4. Rotterdam Gateway to Europe, one of the largest ports in the world Multicultural home of over 160 nationalities
  • 5. Rotterdam University 28.000 students 11 institutes Motto: outside in - inside out strong relationships with companies and organizations in the area Institute for Communication, Media and Information Technology (CMI)
  • 6. Who am I? Programme Director Bachelor of Informatics at Hogeschool Rotterdam Have been working in higher education - technological and ict - from 1993 until now Proud mother of a son (21) and a daughter (17)
  • 7. Topics The impact of ICT on education Trends Challenges in (ict) education Digital literacy and diversity Research on gender and ict Project Ict-STER
  • 8. The impact of ICTon education New technologies have great impact on our lives ICT changes the way we communicate, access information, and connect with peers and colleagues This leads to challenges that have a significant impact on teaching and learning
  • 9. Trends Increasing globalization availability of tools to connect worldwide Collective intelligence today’s learners want to be active participants in the learning process – not mere listeners easy access to content and knowledge Games as learning tools active participation and interaction current educational methods are not engaging students enough
  • 10. Challenges 1/2 Students are digital natives, but are taught by digital immigrants Education needs to adapt to current student needs and skills Students need to be technologically adept, to be able to collaborate with peers all over the world Students need to become information and technological literacy
  • 11. Challenges 2/2 Students are different, but schools arestill using materials developed decades ago Content is almost as easy to access on amobile as on a computer Education must make use of - and deliver- services, content and media to(applications for) mobile devices
  • 12. Bridging the digital divide Access to computers and the internet and the ability to effectively use ict is necessary for full participation It’s important to make children AND teachers digital literate
  • 13. Topics The impact of ICT on education Trends Challenges in (ict) education Digital literacy and diversity Research on gender and ict Project Ict-STER
  • 14. Gender and ICT In NL – like many western countries – the participation of women in ict professions is very low (10%) Enrolment of women students in ict education is even lower (6%) Without encouraging measurements these percentages will not increase
  • 15. Why is it important? Economic reasons Industry benefits from diversity Increasing demand for highly educated ict professionals The number of young people is decreasing Ethical reasons Technology designs the future: women must play a part Equal opportunities for girls and boys
  • 16. What causes the gender gap? Confidence gap: differences in how students (f/m) assess their own performance The scarcity of female role models Ict programmes ‘made by men, made for boys’ The lack of a sufficient critical mass to sustain supportive peer communities
  • 17. What to do? Increase the enrolment of female students in ict programmes Transfer female ict students to ict positions on the labour market Recruitment and retention of female ict professionals
  • 18. Project Ict-STER 2005-2007 Joint action Education, industry, professionals, experts Integral approach Raising awareness among teachers, parents, policy makers,.. Supporting and influencing actions for girls Comprehensive approach From primary education to the labour market Combined strategies Specific policy for girls Gender mainstreaming
  • 19. Examples• Gender inclusive information• Database role models• Developing new ICT programmes, combined with health, art, etc• Workshadowing• Empowerment: students participate in research, advisory panels, etc.• Videos: ICT in various work settings• Girls days
  • 20. Results• Nowadays, more girls choose STEM in secondary education• Stabilized enrolment female students in higher education ICT (but… still no increase)• Interventions are still necessary• Many universities benefit from the experiences in Ict-STER• Ict-STER continues
  • 21. Bridging the digital divide•Our children define the future•Make sure that girls AND boys have equalopportunities to use and produce ICT
  • 22. Q&Am.w.valkenburg@hr.nl

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