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  1. 1. Discussing the lack of gender diversity in the <br />ed tech space<br />
  2. 2. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beachsherylnbeach@gmail.com | 757.965.4451<br /> <br />CEO & Co-founder, Powerful Learning PracticeProfessional development for 21st Century educators<br /> <br />President, 21st Century CollaborativeExploring global connections as a powerful means to improving teaching & learning<br />@snbeach on Twitter<br />All collaborative spaces and slides linked from: <br />http://21stcenturylearning.wikispaces.com/Educon<br />
  3. 3. Objective of this session:<br />To explore the concept of female under representation as thought leaders in the educational sphere and especially in the edtech space<br />Ground Rules<br /><ul><li> No assumptions
  4. 4. No man bashing (this is a co-gender issue)
  5. 5. No whining</li></ul>This session will be approached from an appreciative perspective which will highlight the strengths and possibilities of a stronger female voice in the edtech space. We will be focused on positive, collective action and overcoming barriers rather than dwelling on the negative.<br />
  6. 6. Format:<br />2:30- Topic Set up and Data Sharing<br />2:45- Panel Perspective (2 min statement)<br />3:00- Panel led discussions (6 groups) <br />3:30- Solution Finding (crowdsourced)<br /><ul><li> 10min brainstorming as individuals
  7. 7. 10min sharing your ideas with a partner
  8. 8. 10min recording and debriefing</li></li></ul><li>Meet Our Panel:<br />Kathy Cassidy is a grade one teacher from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan who started blogging with her students six years ago and has never looked back.<br />Dr. Alec Couros, a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina.<br />Karl Fischhas been a teacher for twenty-three years. He has taught middle and high school math and is currently Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado.<br />
  9. 9. Meet Our Panel:Lyn Hilt serves as an elementary principal in the Eastern Lancaster County School District. In her role she seeks to design ongoing PD opportunities that will help teachers re-envision current practices, raise awareness of the benefits of connected learning, and explore the shifts in education necessary to best meet the needs of today's learners.<br />Pam Moran is superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in Virginia. She sees the most important work she does as supporting the creation of 21st C community learning spaces for all kinds of learners, both adults and young people. And, I do have some thoughts about the continued "gender-fication" of the edtech world.<br />Will RichardsonIs the parent of two middle school aged children, Will Richardson has been writing and speaking about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past 10 years.<br />
  10. 10. While this was tongue and cheek– more than we want to admit therein the problem lies. <br />
  11. 11. TEDWomen<br />Sheryl Sandburg, COO Facebook<br />http://www.ted.com/speakers/sheryl_sandberg.html<br />Women are not making it to the top of their professions anywhere in the world.<br />- 190 heads of state 9 are women<br />Of all the people in parliament in the world<br />-13% are women<br />
  12. 12. At the corporate sector- <br />--women at the top- board seats 16%<br />Not much movement since 2002<br />And the stats are going in the wrong direction<br />
  13. 13. At the corporate sector- <br />--women at the top- board seats 16%<br />Not much movement since 2002<br />And the stats are going in the wrong direction<br />
  14. 14. Non profit world where schools are situated-<br />--women at the top 20%<br />And specifically the presence of women in leadership positions as superintendents and high school principals is lacking greatly. <br />
  15. 15. Tech Space<br />Women make up approximately 50% of computer and social media users.<br />Many conferences have no females keynote at all, some have a token woman, and most have a minority around the 10% mark. <br />Only a very few conferences have a strong minority (>25%) of women speakers. <br />Conferences with "soft" subject matter such as web design, user interfaces, or community management tend to have higher proportions of female speakers than those with "harder" subject matter.<br />
  16. 16. What is the Answer? <br />How are we going to fix this? How do we change the numbers at the top? Or is it that women do not want it “fixed”?<br />Full disclosure- as the mother of 3 daughters and 1 son– I worry about the messages we are giving our children.<br />
  17. 17. http://21stcenturylearning.wikispaces.com/Educon<br />Survey Responses<br />
  18. 18. http://21stcenturylearning.wikispaces.com/Educon<br />2:45- Panel Perspective (2 min statement)<br />3:00- Panel led discussions (6 groups) <br />3:30- Solution Finding (crowdsourced)<br /><ul><li> 10min brainstorming as individuals
  19. 19. 10min sharing your ideas with a partner
  20. 20. 10min recording and debriefing</li></li></ul><li>

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