Girls and coding

The importance of including women in coding work cannot be denied – for both diversity purposes, as well as from projections of a shortage of ICT workers in the future. Three tech giants – namely Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn, are investing to attract women into technology, with Google’s funded program amounting to US$50 million! Furthermore, women gamers now make up a larger proportion of gamers than teenage boys! It definitely makes sense for women to be also part of the design and development of games.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/22/adult-women-gamers-outnumber-teenage-boys/

To get girls interested in coding, Sarah Boyd, STEM educator highlighted the following in issue 66 of Education Technology Solutions:

  • The coding should achieve something girls are interested in;
  • Physical environment is important e.g. Star Wars posters in computer labs;
  • Provide specific positive feedback;
  • Have positive role models, as well as field trips

There are also sources to tap on for guiding children in coding. These include:

Have fun getting your children started in coding.

2015-08-05 Blog post girls code

Credits pic: blackgirlscode.com

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