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Internet Safety 06/14/2009 (a.m.)

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on June 14, 2009
  • National Geographic, Airbus, and ePals have partnered to raise awareness of biodiversity worldwide, especially among young people. A major component of this effort is a summer photo contest for students age 6-16, called “See the Bigger Picture“. Students can submit digital photos online or via mailed electronic media until September 8th.

    Tags: ad4dcss, digital_youth, digital_communication, digital_media

  • “New Image for Computing” recently released a report in their first wave to understand the image of computing among youth. Funded by WGBH and ACM, this report examines both race/ethnicity and sex-based differences in perceptions of computing. What they found was that there is little race/ethnicity-based differences in how youth perceive CS but there are HUGE gender based differences in perception.

    Tags: ad4dcss, digital_learning, digital_communication, research, digital_youth

      • Most college-bound males, regardless of race/ethnicity, have a positive opinion of computing and computer science as a career or a possible major.
      • College-bound females are significantly less interested than boys are in computing; girls associate computing with typing, math, and boredom.
      • College-bound African American and Hispanic teens, regardless of gender, are more likely than their white peers to be interested in computing, although for girls the overall interest is extremely low.
      • Teens interested in studying computer science associate computing with words like “video games,” “design,” “electronics,” “solving problems,” and “interesting.”
      • The strongest positive driver towards computer science or an openness to a career in computing is “having the power to create and discover new things.
  • National Geographic, Airbus, and ePals have partnered to raise awareness of biodiversity worldwide, especially among young people. A major component of this effort is a summer photo contest for students age 6-16, called “See the Bigger Picture”. Students can submit digital photos online or via mailed electronic media until September 8th. The contest is open to kids aged between 6 and 16*. Submit one color image that you think captures the spirit or idea of biodiversity. It could be a favourite tree or a plant, an animal or an insect, even a whole ecosystem (from your own back yard to somewhere you’ve visited on vacation) – your image should show people why biodiversity is a good thing that we should try to preserve.

    Tags: ad4dcss, education, digital_media, digital_youth, digital_communication, contest

  • Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, New Image for Computing (NIC) is currently in the first stage of what is planned as a multi-phase project that aims to improve the image of computer science among high school students (with a special focus on gender and ethnic disparities) and encourage greater participation in computer science at the postsecondary level. Download the full report.

    Tags: ad4dcss, digital_youth, computer_science, 21st_century_learners, research

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