More Women in IT

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Laura Ascione offers an interesting list of websites addressing why and how more women may participate in IT, and by inference ways educators can foster these opportunities for girls and women.

The women I know in the electronics industry are informed, talented, accomplished, confident, linear thinking people willing to tackle intellectual and mundane commercial, academic, and domestic situations. Many serve as private mentors for pre-teen and young teen girls gaining extraordinary computing related skills, of course including with Tablet PCs.

These women know when to assert and when to go-along to accomplish value. They make things and make things happen. Their behavior is inconsistent with some of the characterizations in quotes Ms. Ascione cites about why more females do not participate in the industry. In either case, I hope more women strive to contribute to IT, including through education.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.