Educational Technology

March 18, 2012

Facebook message: Girls, too, can do computers

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:32 am

by Brier Dudley, Seattle Times

If video games can inspire boys to study computer science, perhaps Facebook can have the same effect on girls. Something has to change because the number of female computer-science students has mysteriously fallen since the mid-1980s, when nearly 40 percent of the majors were women. Lately it’s been less than 20 percent, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. That’s despite concerted efforts by Microsoft and other software companies to draw more women into the talent pipeline. Now Facebook is taking a crack at this puzzle, flexing its newfound stature and influence.

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