A technology review blog comments on this study from the U.K. which looked at technology usage in the home. They found girls use technology more and that moms are more likely to help them with tech problems. Odd, seeing as how everything we’ve been reading in class would indicate otherwise. Though, apparently their definition of technology took into account only  PCs and laptops. Well, I would say that’s not a very good representation of technology in the home. What about the gaming systems and the plethora of gadgets? What a strange report and not so helpful report. The complete study: Learning in the Family

“Harnessing Hacking: Inspiring Girls to get Creative with Computing” Ohh, what an intriguing headline. A University of California-Irvine program hosts workshops for girls that introduce them to digital media. This YouTube video  highlights the summer camp and is worth a look.

One more. ” Of Girls and Geeks: Environment May Be Why Women Don’t Like Computer Science” So, here we are back to the unappealing environment that keeps women away from CS. “These studies suggest objects such as science fiction books and Star Trek posters communicate whether or not a person belongs in an environment. Instead of trying to change the women who do not relate to the stereotype, our research suggests that changing the image of computer science so that more women feel they fit in the field will go a long way to recruiting them to computer science.” And the people that like CS the way it is? Seriously, I’m all about opening up the field and welcoming women (indeed it must be done), but aren’t there other work environments that aren’t exactly gender neutral? Sometimes it feels like these studies are just looking for anything to explain why women aren’t in the field. And I hold firm to the idea that if it was presented as a valid option and not something scary from the beginning these problems at the end of the line wouldn’t exist.

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