Gotta Have IT

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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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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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

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 counselors, students, and their parents.

Contributed by ACM, Association for Computing Machinery

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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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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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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

Check out the most compelling statistics on women's participation in computing on a single page.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 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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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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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