Did You Know: The Flipped Classroom, Nursing's Gender Imbalance, Meet the Next Steve Jobs

Fixing the Gender Gap in Nursing

Did you know that nursing jobs are expected to increase by 22% over the next few years? When people hear about the NCWIT mission they sometimes bring up the gender imbalance in other occupations. Men’s participation in nursing frequently is cited. 

So, how does nursing compare? Men comprise a mere 6% of all nurses. (By contrast, women hold 25% of professional computing occupations, and by 2018 computing-related jobs are also projected to grow by 22%.)  To close the nursing gender gap, companies are working with professional organizations and nursing schools to implement the following interventions (some of which may look familiar … )

  1. Promote male mentors
  2. Launch ad campaigns that challenge stereotypes
  3. Be honest about the realities of the industry
  4. Change admission requirements
  5. Offer scholarships for male nursing students
  6. Encourage men in the military to choose nursing positions
  7. Provide nursing school application assistance
  8. Create inclusive environments
  9. Change the pronouns

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Hispanic Women More Likely than Hispanic Men to Obtain a College Degree

Did you know that Hispanics are now the largest minority group on U.S. college campuses, and that one in four elementary school students is Hispanic? Hispanic women are more likely than Hispanic men to obtain a college degree, yet Hispanic women account for just 7% of the computer and information sciences bachelor’s degrees earned by women.

Several institutions are working to change this. The University of Texas at El Paso recently won a $525,000 NSF grant to conduct interdisciplinary research on Latinas in computer science and engineering, and the University of Texas Pan-American recently won a $3.1 million grant to support women in academic STEM careers. We congratulate both these AA members and look forward to hearing more about the results of their work!

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Mentor a High School Girl with Technovation

Did you know that you can help mentor girls as they learn to code, build apps, pitch to VCs, and compete for $10K in funding? Iridescent’s Technovation is a mentoring program that engages girls in computer science and entrepreneurship through an app development challenge. The program has just expanded globally and is looking for female mentors all over the world to join in.

The all-girls app development challenge is for students in grades 8-12. Students work with a teacher at their school (or a club advisor) and a woman in technology (you, the mentor) to build mobile apps. The program unfolds over a 12-week period and offers participants the chance to win $10,000 in seed funding so they can launch their companies and take their app to market.

You can become a mentor today and find a participating school near you: just visit the Technovation website or email annalise@iridescentlearning.org if you'd like to get involved!

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Andreessen Invests in Udacity

Did you know that Udacity recently received an investment of $15 million from new EA member, Andreessen Horowitz? Udacity, which offers college-level online courses, says it will use the new funding to build out its technology platform, increase the number of classes offered, and reach more students who previously may not have had access to higher education. 

TechCrunch observes that Andreessen Horowitz tends to fund startups that have “the most potential to disrupt the established ways of doing things.” We’re guessing you’ve noticed that technology is leading some major shakeups in higher education; we’ve noticed, too. In fact, the annual NCWIT Summit next May will feature a keynote from Khan Academy founder, Sal Khan, as well as a panel with representatives from Udacity, Treehouse, and Google. We hope you’ll save the date for the Summit and we look forward to learning more about “MOOCs” and education with you.

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A Flipped Classroom for AP Math

Did you know about the teaching model that ensures students never have to miss a lesson?  By using classroom time for homework and having students watch recorded video lectures at home, the flipped classroom allows teachers to restructure the traditional learning environment. Wendy Roshan, an AP Computer Science teacher in Virginia, observed that students enjoyed the new format because they were able to watch the lesson at their own pace -- and students who were previously unable to fit the AP CS class into their schedule could still participate because of the availability of the online lectures. This teaching style also allows Roshan to “become the facilitator of class, helping students to become better, smarter and more relaxed learners.” 

Have you tried the flipped classroom model? What do you think?

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Meet the Next Steve Jobs

Did you know that you have the opportunity to encourage high school girls who are interested in a technology career by getting involved with the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing?  The Charlotte Observer recently profiled Elizabeth Anne Russell, an employee at EMC Corporation, who says she volunteered to work with NCWIT on the Award because she recognized the lonely feeling of being one of so few women in the field. As an Award volunteer she works with other industry, academic, and nonprofit representatives to organize the North Carolina Affiliate, review applications, and plan the celebration for the winners. She hopes to inspire high school women to continue their pursuits in computing and technology.  

The winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing regularly tell us that this award has changed their lives and opened doors they never knew existed. You too can get involved with the Award at the local and the national level. Read about the young women today who may one day grow up to be the “next Steve Jobs” -- here’s how.