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Girls & tech

Presentation given at the Greek Women & Girls Go Digital conference on 04/04/2014

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Girls & tech

  1. 1. Getting girls engaged in the digital world
  2. 2. ABOUT EUROPEAN SCHOOLNETNetwork of 30 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels. Not-for-profit organisation, aiming to bring innovation in teaching and learning to: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers and industry partners. European Schoolnet pledges to: - Support schools in achieving effective use of ICT in teaching and learning - Improve and raise the quality of education in Europe - Promote the European dimension in education Transform teaching and learning processes, using ICT as a force for improvement.
  3. 3. Is coding the new literacy? In the past, people hired scribes to write on their behalf, just as we hire developers to create computer programs.
  4. 4. High youth unemployment + increasing demand for IT-skilled professionals + need for more innovation in Europe: can getting more girls (and boys) into IT help bridge the gap?
  5. 5. WHY GIRLS AREN’T ATTRACTED TO TECH SECTOR: OUR STUDY Studied attitudes and perceptions of technology and tech jobs in NL, PL, FR, UK & IT, including girls, boys, parents and teachers. Girls interested in IT but not IT jobs. Unrealistic perception of jobs: lack creativity, opportunities for travel, inflexible, anti-social, don’t relate to real world problems Gender stereotypes Negative impact of parents, teachers, role models Lack of confidence in STEM skills
  6. 6. WHAT WORKS? Involvement in education-industry joint programs increases interest in STEM (inc. IT) jobs by 20% Engaging girls early before gender stereotypes set in Developing engaging teaching and learning approaches in computer science – not just digital literacy Research evidence suggests solutions
  7. 7. HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN? Measurable multi- stakeholder programs Computer science in the curriculum Teacher training Informal education
  8. 8. inGenious school in Croatia, 2013 Secondary school students building an electronic dice Hands on IT activity jointly developed with
  9. 9. Kodu Kup, UK, 2013 Students developing games using a simplified programming tool.
  10. 10. Cisco Girls in ICT Job Day, 2014 Cyberteam young apprentices at Cisco in Berlin as part of e-Skills 2014
  11. 11. inGenious Teacher Summer School in Croatia, 2013 160 teachers getting training and sharing best practice on integrating industry examples in STEM teaching
  13. 13. WANT TO KNOW MORE? Visit Contact me at

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