Teen Girls and Technology : What's the Problem, What's the Solution?

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-31
  • Publisher: Amer Library Assn

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How do we kick-start girls' involvement with technology? In this dynamic book, Lesley Farmer provides a framework that teachers, librarians, youth workers, and parents can use to empower girls to succeed in today's technology-rich world. Farmer first examines the disconnect many girls have with technology and then shows adults what they can do to change the current environment. Drawing on the work of experts in psychology, sociology, technology, and education, the book highlights school and after-school programs that have instilled confidence in teen girls and, as a result, increased their interest in technology-based careers. It also describes fun learning activities designed specifically for girls that are based on their developmental needs and interests. Activity topics include the following: Entertainment, Education, Fashion and beauty, Animals and environment, Healthcare, Law, Sports and fitness, Business/self-employment, Art and design, Writing. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Lesley Farmer is a professor at California State University, Long Beach, where she coordinates the Librarianship Program

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Teen Girls' Tech Reality
What's the Situation?p. 7
The Developmental World of Femalesp. 7
A Millennial Worldp. 10
The World of 21st-Century Teenagersp. 13
Focusing on Today's Teenage Girlsp. 14
Teenage Girls and Technologyp. 15
Girls and Gamingp. 18
What's the Problem?p. 20
Societal Messagesp. 20
Family Issuesp. 21
Social Issuesp. 22
Economic Issuesp. 23
Government Issuesp. 24
Academic Issuesp. 26
What Is the Impact?p. 30
What's the Solution?p. 33
International Recommendationsp. 33
National Recommendationsp. 36
What's the Positive Impact?p. 38
Elements for Success
The Role of Adultsp. 45
Adult Stakeholdersp. 45
Checking Adult Attitudes About Technologyp. 49
Adult Technology Competencep. 52
Working with Teenage Girlsp. 55
Adult Collaborationp. 57
The Big Picturep. 61
Technology Resources with Girls in Mindp. 62
The World of Technologyp. 62
Hardwarep. 64
Softwarep. 65
Digital Documentsp. 67
Telecommunicationsp. 68
Girls' Access to Technologyp. 70
Physical Accessp. 70
Intellectual Accessp. 71
Emotional and Social Accessp. 72
Ethical Accessp. 74
How Girls Can Use Technologyp. 77
The Grand Communicatorsp. 77
Girls Just Want to Have Funp. 80
I Am a Material Girlp. 82
I Am Woman, Hear Me Roarp. 84
The Times They Are A-Changin'p. 86
I Love Ya Tomorrow!p. 87
Technology-Enhanced Learning Activities
In-School Incorporationp. 91
Conditions for Learningp. 91
Curriculump. 94
Instructional Designp. 95
Collaborationp. 98
Co-Curricular Opportunitiesp. 100
Sample Activitiesp. 101
Community-Based Initiativesp. 117
Building Capacityp. 117
Program Developmentp. 118
Mentoring and Coachingp. 119
Community Partnersp. 121
Sample Activitiesp. 122
Family-Based Activitiesp. 136
Today's Familiesp. 136
Family Dynamicsp. 137
The Power of Technologyp. 139
Sample Activitiesp. 140
Referencesp. 161
Indexp. 173
About the Authorp. 181
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