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|Project Title: ||Tech Tutors Feature Women With IT (Informational T|
|School Year: ||2004|
|School - District:||Madison Park High - Boston|
|Contact Name:||Charlotte McCullough|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts, Science & Technology|
|Grades:||9, 11, 12|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
When high school juniors and seniors in a Business Systems Networking class research and view the sculptures of Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, and Lucy Stone portrayed in the Boston Women's Memorial, they wonder how these women writers would have used Informational Technology (IT). To their surprise, they learn about three women contributors to technology: Ada Lovelace, founder of scientific computing; Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, known as "First Lady of Software;" and Sandy Lerner, co-founder of [c]isco Systems, Inc. Studying the lives of this brilliant trio, the high schoolers share news about the Boston Women’s Memorial and their findings with freshman buddies. They exchange e-mail correspondence with Sandy Lerner and produce their own Local Area Network (LAN) using Cisco routers and switches. With a broader understanding of women’s roles in computing history, students applaud these pioneers and prepare to enter the IT field without fear of gender bias or discrimination. Please visit http://bostonteachnet.org/bwm/mccullough/sigproj.htm for more details about the program.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
This project is reacting to a recent study that reports that there is a "lack of positive IT role models for young women, both real and within fictional popular culture." Students recognize the need for positive role models who help younger peers understand the role of women in local history and technology.
|Service Component: |
Preparing pre- and post- tests on Women in IT, student tutors arrange visits to Grade 9 ELA/History class. They perform a KWL (Know, Want to Know, Learned) activity and oral essays on background knowledge of IT women. Students present their own computerized Jeopardy Game based on IT women’s history and a computer slide show on Boston Women’s Memorial and women IT pioneers. They also include their IT buddies in a classroom discussion by an invited military spokesperson and demonstrate their LAN to mentees at a school wide Nontraditional Careers Exposition.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Designing activities for their freshmen buddies, these Tech Tutors create pre- and post- tests, KWL charts, oral essays, computer slide shows, and a computerized game. They also demonstrate their LAN network for students at a Nontraditional Careers Exposition.
The following Boston Public Schools Learning Standards have been derived from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Learning Standards:
Learning Standards English Language Arts:
• Facilitate discussion groups independent from the teacher.
• Summarize and evaluate what is learned from the discussion.
• Conduct interviews for research projects and writing.
• Demonstrate understanding of reference materials.
• Identify and analyze knowledge of the purpose, structure, and elements of informational materials.
• Collect information for writing from different texts and sources.
• Identify visual or aural techniques used in a media message for a particular audience.
• Create media presentations that effectively use graphics, images, and/or sound to present a distinct point of view on a topic.
• Apply established criteria for assessing the effectiveness of the presentation, style, and content of films and other forms of electronic communication.
• Word Processing
• PowerPoint (presentation skills)
• Electronic Research
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students’ own strategies for learning are developed so their younger peers can appreciate the role of women not only in technology but also in local history and literature.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Keeping classroom logs to record and reflect on this project, students also are responsible for maintaining individual Classroom Log Rubrics.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, Boston Women’s Commission, Women’s Marines Association, TECHBoston, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School Grade 9 teachers
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Student tutors organize a Jeopardy post-game time to recognize all the players who contributed to or participated in their computer game.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Pre- and post- test results and student log book observations indicate that both younger boys and girls not only gain knowledge from peer tutoring but experience attitudinal change when true life stories are presented in innovative ways. Selected as a CHESP Signature Learn and Serve Project, Tech Mentors Feature Women with IT ~ Informational Technology http://bostonteachnet.org/bwm/mccullough/sigproj.htm
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Students who engage in peer tutoring often have high expectations for their buddies or mentees. Teachers should guide them as they plan strategies and form goals that are realistic and doable.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.