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IT Pathways: Increasing Girls’ Interest in IT Careers through Game-based Learning
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, , , Virginia Tech, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Jacksonville, Florida, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-07-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

In an effort to address a significant shortage of women in the IT industry in the Appalachian region, the Appalachian Information Technology Extension Services (AITES) Project funded by the National Science Foundation (GSE/EXT 0832913) works with communities within this geographic area to promote girls’ interest in and awareness of IT jobs. One aspect of the AITES project involves the development of an interactive web-based game entitled “IT Career Pathways”. This game uses a contextualized approach to engage, educate, and support individuals that work with middle and high school girls. Customizing IT career education through game-based instruction creates a relevant and motivational learning experience for girls and their mentors.

Citation

Lockee, B., Meszaros, P. & Kimbrell, M. (2014). IT Pathways: Increasing Girls’ Interest in IT Careers through Game-based Learning. In M. Searson & M. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2014--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 670-675). Jacksonville, Florida, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 23, 2019 from .

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