This week’s reading had me thinking a lot about the opportunities our students receive to support their future use of technology. Maybe it is because I am a millennial who grew up on technology and embraced it but I am constantly frustrated with the negative views about technology. Since working in my district and in the educational field I have really felt a strong push and support for technology in my district. This has been refreshing and uplifting. Recently my district sent out an email district wide for teachers that would be interested in facilitating an after school or lunch club called Girls Who Code .
I had a moment where I felt like my district read my mind and was peeking into my life right now considering I am taking this class. Looking into this further I discovered this would be a club for any student that wants to join not only girls as the name implies and it would be for 3rd-5th graders. The idea of this club also aims to encourage girls to close the gender gap in computing and to begin considering jobs in one of the fastest growing fields. I also like that to participate students need no prior experience or knowledge about coding.
I think I often spend so much time thinking of inequalities and gaps with people of other races and social class that I forget about gender. I don’t think our schools address this enough as well. I think this opportunity for our district is a great one and I would like to attend the informational meeting to learn more details about the curriculum. I think this club could be a great starting point for our students and embracing technology as a important beneficial part of their future and not simply a means of entertainment.
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I’ll be interested to hear what you learn about this club. I’ve heard of it, but don’t know much about it. I agree that I’d like to see more opportunities for girls in tech. I’m older and don’t embrace technology so readily, but I’m learning to be more open-minded.
I’d be really interested in knowing more about this group from your perspectives. I’ve read good things about them and would love to know more about their group’s work on the ground.