Posted 3 October 2006

This edition examines how educational policies approach gender and ICTs, as well as the gendered dimensions of ICT education and training.

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GENDER CENTRED: A thematic bulletin

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Robots, Software and Pedagogy: How Gender Matters in Education

Prof. Dr. Heidi Schelhowe is a professor for “Digital Media in

Education” at the Computer Science Department of the University of

Bremen. Interaction and interactivity are main concepts in her research

and teaching, plus the constant efforts to create interesting and

provocative gender aware knowledge environments. Jac sm Kee speaks with

this seminal thinker, educator and technologist about gendered

dimensions of software, robots and transformative pedagogy in the field

of information and communications technologies.

Tools discussed: Gender and ICTs in education and communication

More than 40 educators debated the importance of ICTs in

edu-communication processes at a recent workshop held in Sao Paulo.The

benefits of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) tools

and platforms were analysed, including their democratising potential and

gendered environment. The workshop was conducted through a Gender

Evaluation Methodology (GEM) tool that, like its namesake, evaluates ICT

projects from a gender perspective.

Wireless networks: Neither the territory of men nor women

Cris Ojeda, a network technician and Nodo Tau collaborator in Argentina,

recounts her experience at a wireless roaming nework training project

carried out in Paraguay, where a vehicle collects and delivers the

information requested by communities in different locations. Cris was

the sole female participant, and reflects on gendered expectations in

this experience, when it comes to women and technology.

Visit the collection of a wide variety of other resources and articles

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ICT in Education: e-Primers for the Information Economy, Society and


The e-primer published by UNDP, intended to help policymakers define a

framework for the appropriate and effective use of ICTs in educational

systems, asserts that effective integration of ICTs into the educational

system is a complex and multi-faceted process that involves not just

technology, but also curriculum, pedagogy, institutional readiness,

teacher competencies, and long-term financing.

The eLearning Action Plan: Designing tomorrow’s education

eLearning is one of the main topics in the action plan eEurope 2005. All

aims of this action plan should be achieved by the end of 2004. The

eLearning initiative seeks to mobilise all actors to speed up changes in

the education and training systems for EU's move to a knowledge-based


Women's Electronic Network Training (WENT)

The Women's Electroninic Networking Training (WENT) promotes the use of

information and communication technology to enhance women's role and

capacity in social and policy advocacy. Since 1999, AWORC has been

holding an annual training workshop on electronic networking open to

women and their organisations in Asia and the Pacific. The resource

includes documentation of WENT Regional Workshop trainings from 99-02.

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Grace Hopper Celebration of women in computing: 03 Oct 2006 - 07 Oct 2006

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2006 is the sixth in

a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career

interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders

in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and

government communities. Leading researchers present their current work,

while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology


From transition to sustainable development. The path to European

integration: 12 Oct 2006 - 13 Oct 2006

In October 2006 The Faculty of Economics University of Sarajevo will

organize its Third International Conference (ICES 2006) with the central

theme "From Transition to Sustainable Development". The special

attention at ICES 2006 will be paid to the preparations and adjustments

that have to be done by European transition countries on their path to

European integrations. The Conference has been especially designed to

enable sharing experiences in the last phase of transition process and

discussing challenges of accession to the European Union, both at macro

and micro level, since these processes are considered to be necessary

steps for accelerating development of sustainable market economies.

Call for Nominations: The APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is calling for

nominations for the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize. The APC Chris Nicol FOSS

Prize recognises initiatives that are making it easy for people to start

using free and open source software (FOSS). The prize will be awarded to

a person or group doing extraordinary work to make FOSS accessible to

ordinary computer users.

We want to hear from you! If you have are organising any upcoming events

related to gender and ICT, let us know. Contribute to this calendar by

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