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Why Should Young People Consider Careers in Information Technology?

Created for school counselors by Counselors for Computing (C4C), a project of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance made possible by the Merck Company Foundation, this card gives adults talking points and additional resources for a conversation with their students, children, and/or other young people. The main message is that IT offers meaningful work, security and high salaries with a bachelor’s degree, and flexibility and variety. Information is provided to address these specific questions: What should you tell a young person about a career in IT?

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Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race and Computing

The number of African Americans and Latino/as receiving undergraduate and advanced degrees in computer science is disproportionately low, and relatively few of these high school students receive the kind of institutional encouragement, educational opportunities, and preparation needed for them to choose computer science as a field of study and profession. This groundbreaking book shows how inequality is reproduced in America - and how students and teachers, given the necessary tools, can change the system.

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Encourage a Deserving Girl: NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Encouraging young women's interest in technology careers is critical. Our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing highlights the computing aspirations of young women. Do you know a young woman who deserves recognition for her outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, her leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education? Encourage her to apply for this national award.

Contributed by NCWIT, the National Center for Women & Information Technology

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Computing Degrees and Careers

The Computing Degrees and Careers brochure provides up-to-date information on computing careers and the educational pathways to those careers. Share the brochure with your school guidance counselors, students, and their parents.

Contributed by ACM, Association for Computing Machinery

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IT Is All About Me - Careers in Computing

This engaging poster, developed in cooperation with the Computer Science Teachers Association, ACM-W, and American School Counselors Association invites students (especially young women) to consider a career in the computing disciplines and makes connections between popular professions and computer science.

Contributed by CSTA, Computer Science Teachers Association

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Imagine Your Future in Computing

The Imagine Your Future in Computing brochure helps students make connections between the technologies they use every day and the courses and the career opportunities available to them. The brochure is available in both English and Spanish. The brochure is especially targeted to minority girls in the middle and early high school years. Give this brochure to girls, their parents, other teachers, and guidance counselors.

Contributed by Computer Science Teachers Association

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ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students

As foundational information and communication technology (ICT) pervades our society, students will be expected to put technology to use in authentic, integrated ways to solve problems, complete projects, and creatively extend their abilities. Use ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) as you plan learning opportunities that help students prepare to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities.

Contributed by ISTE

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ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Teachers

Rapid advances in technology are putting new demands on educators. The ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) provide a framework for shaping the fundamental concepts, knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for applying technology in educational settings. Use the NETS-T with your professional learning network as you enhance your practice and establish learning environments that help students to learn for a lifetime and live productively in our emerging global society.

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By the Numbers

NCWIT's Women in IT: By the Numbers presents the most compelling statistics on women's participation in IT on a single page.

How Do You Introduce Computing in an Engaging Way? Storytelling (Case Study 1)

How Do You Introduce Computing in an Engaging Way? Storytelling (Case Study 1)

Engage students not already drawn to computing by creating academic and social environments where these students feel like they belong. Students respond positively to solving real-life problems that draw on their existing knowledge and interests and that involve collaboration in hands-on projects. By focusing on problem-solving skills, the computer programming environment “Learning to Program with Alice” takes a new approach that helps students see programming as a series of causal relationships.

How Do You Introduce Computing in an Engaging Way? Unplugged (Case Study 2)

How Do You Introduce Computing in an Engaging Way? Unplugged (Case Study 2)

Engage students not already drawn to computing by creating academic and social environments where these students feel like they belong. Students respond positively to solving real-life problems that draw on their existing knowledge and interests and that involve collaboration in hands-on projects. “CS Unplugged” demystifies computing through hands-on activities, including one activity called “Sorting Network.” The activity employs kinetic learning and teamwork to illustrate parallel sorting networks to organize data.

How Do You Introduce Computing in an Engaging Way? Snap, Create, and Share with Scratch (Case Study 5)

How Do You Introduce Computing in an Engaging Way? Snap, Create, and Share with Scratch (Case Study 5)

Engage students not already drawn to computing by creating academic and social environments where these students feel like they belong. Students respond positively to solving real-life problems that draw on their existing knowledge and interests and that involve collaboration in hands-on projects. Scratch is a free “media rich programming environment” in which novice programmers can quickly express their creativity while learning computational thinking.

How Do You Retain Women through Collaborative Learning? Pair Programming (Case Study 1)

How Do You Retain Women through Collaborative Learning? Pair Programming (Case Study 1)

Collaborative learning can improve retention rates, critical thinking, appreciation of diversity, and development of social and professional skills. When implementing collaborative learning, match students roughly according to experience levels and make sure to give students opportunities to work together for both graded and un-graded assignments. Pair programming assignments within computer science courses both attract and retain more students in CS majors. In addition, women feel more confident when pair programming is used in the classroom.

How Does Engaging Curriculum Attract Students to Computing? Media Computation at Georgia Tech (Case Study 1)

How Does Engaging Curriculum Attract Students to Computing? Media Computation at Georgia Tech (Case Study 1)

Making curricula more relevant to students, introducing collaborative learning into the classroom, and tailoring courses to different student experience levels benefit female as well as male students. This approach to introductory computing involves encouraging social interaction and creativity while presenting subject matter that is relevant to non-computing majors. Evaluation at Georgia Tech showed that the Media Computation approach resulted in increased student success rates (earning an A, B, or C) from 72 percent to about 85-90 percent.

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Get Involved: Toolkit for Role Models

Effective role models have a positive influence on youth. Schools can ensure the role model or mentor relationship is effective by following key advice offered on this CD from Techbridge. The CD offers a collection of resources and activities that draw on lessons learned working with role models in classroom and field trip settings. Share with colleagues, counselors, and school leaders as you bring role models and students together.

Contributed by Techbridge

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Computational Thinking

Computational thinking involves mental practices that are fundamental to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A pull-out card for each STEM subject lists references to essential computational thinking activities and resources. Share with math, science, and technology colleagues as you plan ways to develop students' computational thinking abilities across the school program.

A joint project of the Computer Science Teachers Association and Microsoft

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Computing Resources for Educators

NCWIT has compiled a list of the latest and best computing resources to complement and extend Gotta Have IT. This resource list includes ideas for programs, robotics, creative media, class presentations, camps, and clubs. Get inspired to take action with the great ideas in the NCWIT Computing Resources for Educators pamphlet.

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Microsoft Web Design Resources for Schools and Students

Give your students the tools professional web designers use! With free* copies of Expression® Studio you can help your students develop important technical skills as they build dynamic websites from scratch. Along with the software, you can access free "Teacher-Created, Student-Tested" modular curriculum units, which more than 250 schools have used to successfully teach
web design since the Fall of 2008.

Contributed by Microsoft