Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Inspiring girls to join the IT industry

The IT industry suffers from a gender imbalance, with a lot of women shunning the sector. It's frustrating to see so many talented girls avoid this sector due to prejudice and lack of knowledge of the reality of IT.

I recently met Sally Buberman at the Microsoft Women in IT day, and at SciTech Girls day organised by the Women's Forum. She is taking the time to talk to girls, explain her job and inspire them to follow in her footsteps. She's set up her own company, Wormhole IT.

She also posts about her experiences on her blog, Sally into the Wormhole.

Directory of ICT Resources for Teaching and Learning of Science, Mathematics and Language

The UNESCO Schoolnet project produced a directory of resources for science, maths and language teaching, accompanied by a CD-ROM. The publication was extremely popular and so a second edition has been produced.

Download the directory from the UNESCO Bangkok ICT in education e-Library

Data protection day: event and competition

Young Europeans between the ages of 15 and 19 years are invited to take part in the“Surf the internet – think Privacy” competition which was launched this week at www.dataprotectionday.eu. The challenge is to create a 30 to 90 second video to illustrate the theme of data privacy and data protection. As entries start coming in, you can visit the online competition gallery to rate the uploaded entries. The most popular videos will then be judged by a panel of experts.

Podcast on the eLearning Awards

A new podcast has been launched for the eLearning Awards 2008. So far two episodes have been made available. The first one focuses on the awards themselves, and includes interviews with the team behind the scenes.
The second episode looks at issues around internet safety by interviewing Janice Richardson, leader of the Insafe project, and interactive white boards, with Laurent Odic from Interwrite Learning.

For more info, visit the eLearning Awards website