Secondary ICT – Engaging Girls

Making ICT more appealing to girls Manor College of Technology, Hartlepool, uses a range of techniques to help more girls engage with ICT, both in the subject and across the school.
Headteacher Alan White describes how the school addresses the issue of raising girls’ interest in technology.

Head of ICT Yvonne Hill runs a Computer Club for Girls (CC4G), giving a purpose for learning that encourages more girls to take the subject at GCSE.
In Key Stage 3 project-based lessons on theme parks and cartoons tap into girls’ interests, and teach crucial ICT skills such as research and animation. At GCSE level a recycling topic using podcasting increases collaboration and engages the girls, without putting off the boys.
And in geography creative use of technology encourages girls to take a different outlook on the benefits of different forms of ICT across the curriculum.

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