Teens Girls and Technology: What's the Problem, What's the Solution?

Teens Girls and Technology: What's the Problem, What's the Solution?

by Lesley Farmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807748765

ISBN-13: 9780807748763

Pub. Date: 06/15/2008

Publisher: Teachers College Press

How do we engage girls with technology and why is this important? Lesley Farmer examines how girls currently view and use technology, noting how uninformed they are as to technology's impact upon their futures. This dynamic book provides a framework that teachers, parents, and youth workers can use in motivating girls to both use and think about technology. Farmer

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Overview

How do we engage girls with technology and why is this important? Lesley Farmer examines how girls currently view and use technology, noting how uninformed they are as to technology's impact upon their futures. This dynamic book provides a framework that teachers, parents, and youth workers can use in motivating girls to both use and think about technology. Farmer shows us how to inspire teen girls with confidence and, in so doing, increase their interest in technology-based careers. Drawing upon the work of psychologists, sociologists, technologists, educators, and governmental agencies, the book highlights school- and community-based interventions that have successfully encouraged technology use among teenage girls.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807748763
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
06/15/2008
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Teen Girls' Tech Reality

1 What's the Situation? 7

The Developmental World of Females 7

A Millennial World 10

The World of 21st-Century Teenagers 13

Focusing on Today's Teenage Girls 14

Teenage Girls and Technology 15

Girls and Gaming 18

2 What's the Problem? 20

Societal Messages 20

Family Issues 21

Social Issues 22

Economic Issues 23

Government Issues 24

Academic Issues 26

What Is the Impact? 30

3 What's the Solution? 33

International Recommendations 33

National Recommendations 36

What's the Positive Impact? 38

Part II Elements for Success

4 The Role of Adults 45

Adult Stakeholders 45

Checking Adult Attitudes About Technology 49

Adult Technology Competence 52

Working with Teenage Girls 55

Adult Collaboration 57

The Big Picture 61

5 Technology Resources with Girls in Mind 62

The World of Technology 62

Hardware 64

Software 65

Digital Documents 67

Telecommunications 68

6 Girls' Access to Technology 70

Physical Access 70

Intellectual Access 71

Emotional and Social Access 72

Ethical Access 74

7 How Girls Can Use Technology 77

The Grand Communicators 77

Girls Just Want to Have Fun 80

I Am a Material Girl 82

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar 84

The Times They Are A-Changin' 86

I Love Ya Tomorrow! 87

Part III Technology-Enhanced Learning Activities

8 In-School Incorporation 91

Conditions for Learning 91

Curriculum 94

Instructional Design 95

Collaboration 98

Co-Curricular Opportunities 100

Sample Activities 101

9 Community-Based Initiatives 117

Building Capacity 117

Program Development 118

Mentoring and Coaching 119

Community Partners 121

Sample Activities 122

10Family-Based Activities 136

Today's Families 136

Family Dynamics 137

The Power of Technology 139

Sample Activities 140

References 161

Index 173

About the Author 181

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