- To showcase kids in technology, using technology to explain to their peers, parents and community how the FIT Program benefits them
- To recognize kids in their communities and nationally for their participation, creativity and leadership in the FIT program
- To extend the FIT program learning experience
- To incorporate videos as part of the 6/12 FIT Program FAQs / Modules required by HRSDC
- To encourage healthy competition in the 100 FIT schools across Canada
- To provide examples of FIT student achievement - to be incorporated into the national FIT program website launch in Feb. 2013.
- To support kids in social sharing - of their video work in their peer groups (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
(: Comes from FIT Program FAQs / Modules )
1. What is FIT?
Module 1 - What is FIT: We will provide questions and resources to guide and support students and teachers. This will also include facts and figures.
- Think about preparing the video in human interest terms - you are telling a story, and highlighting a person, or group of people's experience with the FIT program.
Some questions to consider in developing the video:
- What is FIT? / Why Do It? (Overview)
- What are the features and benefits? Who is it for and why? What is the history - where did it come from and why? What's in it for me? (Me - as a learner); What will I gain by participating in it? How much work is there? What's cool about it? Who is taking it? What schools is it offered in - in my province, across Canada? How is it recognized? Who are the graduates? Who are the teachers, admin folks behind it? Is there someone in my community who has taken the FIT program? Where are they now? Did they get a better job or opportunity because of the skills they learned?
- What is the cost for FIT?
- Who pays for the program? Who offers it (the curriculum, the teaching, the materials and resources)? Why is the FIT program being offered in the first place?
- What does my school / district need to do, to offer the program?
- What does my school have to do / prepare? How do teachers get involved? Why does a school want to offer the FIT program? How many schools in the province, or my community are offering the FIT program? Who was involved in allowing the program to be offered at my school - can I interview these people? Why did they think we needed to provide it?
- As a learner, what do I need to do to participate in the programs?
- What was required of me? What did I think about that? What skills or interests did I have to develop before or during the program? What do I think / feel about this? Would I / Did I recommend it to a friend? Did I develop additional skills, confidence while / after taking FIT?
- As a parent, what do I need to do to support my daughter / son in participating in the program?
- Interview a parent to learn about how they are supporting their son / daughter. What form of support did this take? Did this change at all throughout the FIT program? What was the reason? What did the parent learn from their son/daughter?
How did FIT help me / my peers?
- More Confident
- More comfortable with Technology
- Able to speak to my Mom / Dad better - my dad works in technology, with technology
- Helps me to prepare for college / university
- Has taking FIT changed what you wanted to take in college?
- How has taking FIT helped you in the workforce - current job, future job?
- Working in group projects
- Worked in real world projects (helped me learn more about my community)
Girls in IT
Questions to Answer
- Why do more women not enter the ICT workplace?
- What are the barriers for women in IT Jobs?
- Why has the number been falling in the past 10 years?
Things to Highlight
The promotion and visibility of Marissa Mayer, the recently promoted Yahoo chief executive, and Sheryl Sandberg, the number two at Facebook,
Successful Technology startups have more women in senior positions than unsuccessful ones, with more than twice as many women in top jobs like C-level managers, vice presidents and board members.
According to a recent analysis by Dow Jones VentureSource of more than 20,000 venture-backed companies in the U.S. between 1997 and 2011, less than 7 percent of executives holding top positions were women. That's less than half the number of women who are board members and corporate officers of Fortune 500 companies.
In 2002, 22.8 per cent of the IT work force in Canada is female; this was down from 25.4 percent in 2000, and from 30 per cent in 2001. - Study by ICTC 1n 2002 on demographics of Canadian IT workforce
In October 2007, females comprised 25.8 per cent of the IT work force. - Labour Force Survey, Stats Canada and ICTC.
Women account for one in five engineering undergraduates. Their numbers have not kept pace with enrolment increases. Since 2000, the proportion of female engineering students has dropped by nearly two per cent. - Canadian Council of Professional Engineers
The number of women holding top executive positions in Canada's s all biggest publicly traded companies fell to 31 in 2007 from 37 in 2006. That compares to 507 men in similar jobs. - Rosenzweig Report on Women at the Top Levels of Corporate Canada
While women account for 46.6 per cent of the Canadian labor force, only 36.6 per cent hold management positions and a mere 3.8 per cent are at the CEO level in the S&P index of companies. - 2005 Study Women Take Care, Men Take Charge by Catalyst
Nine out of 10 corporate board members in Canada are men. Almost half of Canadian boards are men-only, claiming they cannot find qualified women. The worst offenders are healthcare corporations, information technology and the telecom sectors. - Women in the Lead 2006
Sources of Inspiration
- 21st Century Education in New Brunswick
- Wikis in Plain English
- Computers for Communities, Ottawa
- Clark Retirement Community LipDub
Who is Involved?
- FIT Students in Sussex, NB