Educational Technology

November 26, 2017

How to fix EdTech’s diversity problem

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:29 am
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

There’s one problem in EdTech that just won’t go away—the diversity problem. Or rather, the lack of diversity. This problem has two fronts—gender and race. In fact, the tech industry as a whole is dominated by white men. According to Mashable, White people make up about 83% of tech executives. A similar number of tech executives are men. The gender problem is less pronounced in the EdTech field, but it’s still there.  Kimberly Bryant, founder of the non-profit Black Girls Code, argues that the real problem is something she calls a leaky pipeline. There are plenty of women and people of color who begin a career in EdTech, she says. But along the way, they decide it’s not for them. Figuring out why this happens, and addressing the issue, is the real key to fixing EdTech’s diversity problem.

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