Technology & Learning, October 1998, p. 18
Technology & Learning magazine has compiled a list of expert suggestions to get girls more comfortable and more interested in technology. Here’s what they had to say:
- Encourage use of the computer beyond homework assignments. Girls need encouragement to use the computer for fun and less structured applications.
- Set up rules that give girls control over advanced tasks on computers when they must share time with boys.
- Emphasize female role models who are in positions of power at technology companies or who have contributed in the areas of science, math, and computer science.
- Let girls take charge of technology jobs around school, such as assisting in computer labs or participating in technology fairs.
- Design labs that don’t isolate computer users from each other, and set up lessons that encourage group collaboration and interaction.
- Have parents encourage technology use at home.
- Challenge girls outside traditional curricular areas by emphasizing math, science, multimedia, and groupware technology applications.
- Rate software and Web sites according to their interest for girls, and don’t automatically use a resource that is designed explicitly for girls.
- Start as early as possible, even in the elementary years, to get girls interested in technology.