Influential Women in Technology! (LS-TR-330)

This learning scenario was created by Arzu Kilitci Calayır from Turkey. It explores women in technology and focuses on gaining general knowledge on the subject.

The life and work of a woman

Students first explore women in technology in general. Later, they create websites in which they present the life and work of a woman. They present their findings to the rest of the class and discuss their achievements. As a post-activity, they create a school exhibition on the topic, as well as present some general information about Europeana.

Students use their ICT skills and create websites, search for information and organize their work. They are taught to work in groups, which is a great way to foster understanding among the students, cooperation, collaboration, and mediation. Students are also encouraged to question stereotypes.

I work in the ICT sector“, “I am a Software Developer!”, “I’m a Web Designer!”, “I am a Network Engineer” and more future technology jobs.

This lesson, “Women in Technology”, prepares students to develop their personal awareness about the ICT industry and its leader women. They learn about famous women who had a significant influence on the industry ‘Equality and Diversity in Labour Force ‘and their success stories. These women, who guided our students to create their own career plans, they inspired them! Students saw them as role models and were encouraged to choose a technology-related job. They prepared a website about famous women in ICT, like a web designer. They recorded videos, while they were coding and designing

Aim of the lesson

This learning scenario is designed to motivate students to explore the history of women in technology. Students also learn to use critical thinking in exploring online information and code and design a website.

Screenshots of the websites created by the students during the lesson.

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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