About this page
These are notes on Getting girls into IT from a group at linux.conf.au 2009.
Personal Stories, Inspiration and Anecdotes
Experiences in highschool and university
- Private girls schools are better resourced, and most female students studying IT and CS come from girls only schools.
- Teachers and careers advisors can be discouraging, sometimes because they don't understand the technology
- Teachers teaching subjects that aren't computing studies, science or IT don't have access to computer labs and projectors, even though they'd love to use computers in class
- Teachers aren't savvy
- IT departments in schools are often minimum wage positions, and not very good.
- Some teachers don't think that girls should be doing Engineering: "What's a nice girl like you doing in Engineering?"
- Students actively discouraged from being creative with computers and learning about them.
Ideas and Issues
How to talk to teachers
- Talk to teachers of all subjects, history teachers included
- Talk to teachers associations
- Teachers have to do 'professional development', use this as an opportunity to talk to them
- Fit your agenda into the 'core curriculum' requirements
- Show teachers that they can improve their 'learning outcomes' your way
- Educate them in bite-sized chunks. Have lunchtime meetups which are cross-curriculum.
Get kids interested
- Invite kids to do their year 10 work experience at your workplace
- Computer Bank for schools: they'll learn how computers work and they'll have computers to use!
- Community based activities for girls: e.g. introduce them to Computer Bank so they can do volunteer work
- University run summer schools for girls (girls in engineering summer school @ UoW, Siemens' Summer school, etc)
- Victorian teachers association