Published on March 1, 2014
AIO Wireless “Girls, Goals, and Gadgets” Ericka, “Swarthy Daisy”, Blogger and Educator theeducatedsystem.wordpress.com twitter.com/educatedsystem Instagram.com/educatedsystem
What is Women’s History Month? Women’s History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18th.
Girl Scout Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Surveys Parentshttp://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/pdfs/parentsurvey-program_050113.pdf Students http://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/pdfs/studen t-survey-program_050113.pdf
Internet Safety Basics Help your kids understand that they should: • Never share their names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses; • Never send pictures to strangers; • Keep passwords private (except to parents); • Never open email from strangers – it may contain viruses that can harm a computer; and • Immediately tell an adult if something mean or creepy happens.
Strategies for a Responsible & Safer Online Life • Visit only age-appropriate sites Check out the site before your kids visit it. Know what features and what content exist and make sure they’re good for your kids. • Search safely Use safe search settings for young kids or think about applying filtering software to limit inappropriate exposure. • Avoid strangers Tell your kids that people aren’t always who they say they are in cyberspace. Explain that if someone they don’t know talks to them, they shouldn’t respond but should let you know.
Strategies for a Responsible & Safer Online Life (Continued) • Be a good cyber citizen! Remind kids that an Internet playground is still a playground and they need to play nicely. A good rule of thumb: If they wouldn’t do something in real life, they shouldn’t do it online. Find out how your children can report mean behavior or unkind content on their favorite sites and teach them how to do it. • Online cheating? It’s still cheating and it’s a no-no – pure and simple. • Keep the computer in a central place So you can see what’s going on.
Strategies for a Responsible & Safer Online Life (Continued) • Establish expectations and limits about the amount of time your children spend online and what they do. Check out our family media agreement for a helpful place to start. • View your own habits carefully. You are their role models. But, mostly, be involved and have fun with them! Keeping kids safe and teaching them how to use digital technology responsibly is all about staying involved. Start by showing interest in the sites they visit and the games they play and your job will be a lot easier when they start exploring these technologies more independently. http://www.commonsensemedia.org
Apps: (Computing Applications) Some History Behind Apps • App developers • What do they use? • Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. • Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, Instagram, your Girl Scout App and your Girls Scout website – they’re all made with code. So, Computer Scientists are the people behind this whole technology movement. What ways do apps help people?
Apps: (Computing Applications) (Continued) Think about things in your everyday life that use computer science: a cell phone, a microwave, a computer, a traffic light… all of these things needed a computer scientist to help build them. Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more. http://www.ncwit.org/infographic/3435
Facts about Girls & Technology Technology increasingly permeates every aspect of society and provides the foundation for most modern innovation. Girls and women in the U.S. are avid users of technology, but they are significantly underrepresented in its creation. Girls’ lack of participation in this important and growing area has serious consequences, not only for them but for the future of technical innovation. Girls do science … just not computer science.
Facts about Girls & Technology (Continued) Girls comprise nearly half of all Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) competitors. Compared to projects in physics, engineering, biochemistry, or math, however, computer science (CS) has the lowest representation of girls. Girls Comprise: • 56%of all Advanced Placement (AP) • 46% of all AP Calculus test-takers • 19% of all AP Computer Science test-takers Women Earn: • 57% of all undergraduate degrees • 42% of all undergraduate math and statistics degrees • 40% of all undergraduate physical science degrees • 18% of all undergraduate computer and information science degrees
Why it MATTERS. If technology is designed mostly by the half of our population that’s male, we’re missing out on the innovations, solutions, and creations that 50% of the population could bring.
Why it MATTERS. (Continued) The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 1.4 million computing-related job openings. At current rates, however, we can only fill about 30% of those jobs with U.S. computing bachelor’s grads. Girls represent a valuable, mostly untapped talent pool. With computing jobs among the fastest-growing and highest-paying, more women should benefit from these occupations. What Deters Girls from Computing? • Irrelevant curriculum and reliance on lecturing instead of hands-on projects. • Teaching styles that discourage collaboration. • Lack of opportunities to take risks and make mistakes. • Limited knowledge or inaccurate perceptions about computing careers. • Lower confidence than boys, even when actual achievement levels are similar.
What can YOU do? • • • • • Talk with girls about why they should consider a computing career. Talk with girls and others about unconscious biases and how to handle them. Talk with school personnel about the need for computing education. Provide girls with early technology and computing experiences. Provide ongoing encouragement. Never underestimate the power of this simple effort. • Don’t mistake prior experience for ability. • Advocate for CS certification and the adoption of CS curriculum standards. • Ensure that your own organization employs inclusive practices that will retain young women who choose computing. STEMis an acronym referring to the fields of study: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used in addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools from kindergarten through college to improve competitiveness in technology development.
Cargo-Bot Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cargo-bot/id519690804?ls=1&mt=8 Coding http://code.org
Apps Career Explorer 4-H Career Explorer will help you connect the dots between the choices you make every day and the opportunities you could have in the future. You will begin with a Luck of the Draw card and from there you will be in control, making ongoing decisions about your education and future career opportunities. At each stage of the game you will be able to enter the workforce, get additional education, or explore training programs. You will have access to more than 450 careers with up-to-date salary information and summaries for each. Once you choose a career you will have the opportunity to see the positives and negatives associated with that career and how it’s monthly salary will line up with your monthly expenses. At the conclusion of the game you will have the opportunity to email the results to yourself with tips on how to make that career a reality in your life. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/career-explorer-4-h/id457621702?mt=8
Apps (Continued) Big 5 Personality Test A rapid but scientifically robust personality assessment test summarizing an individual’s personality profile across five broad areas of personality - Openness to Change, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Emotional Stability. The test-taker receives a graphical profile in percentiles and a summary report covering their personality traits. The profile is generated by comparing the test taker’s responses with those of a large international benchmark group of 7,000 respondents. The assessment uses normative scoring unless the test taker has low scores on all the scales when ipsative scoring is used. There is no limit on the number of times the test can be taken. This is the perfect tool to help you understand your personality and prepare for job interviews and assessment centers. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=B4A.BigFivePersonalityTest
Apps (Continued) Girl Scout Cookie Locatorhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/girl-scout-cookielocator/id412442982?mt=8 Self Esteem Girls Created an app http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140220/bedstuy/bed-stuy-girls-create-mobile-app-help-boost-self-esteem Educational and Productivity apps Evernote, Clear, Email, Calendar, Dropbox/Box, Audio Books, iBooks, iTunes U….
Discussion • What Women Do you admire? • What are your Personal Goals? • What are your professional Goals? • How can you inspire other girls? • What has being in Girls Scouts taught you? • What is the best thing about being a girl? • What do you think you are good at? • What is your favorite subject in school?
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