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National Academic IT Youth Forum Web Cast
What are Students' Attitudes toward Technology?
Results from study announced
CIPS held a special event and interactive Web cast for educators across the country last May 7, 2007. The objective of the event and "LIVE" meeting Web cast, entitled, "National Academic IT Youth Forum," was to announce the results of a study about students' attitudes toward technology and what attracts them to computer science courses. CIPS looked to the educators for assistance in finding solutions to encourage more students to enroll in college and university computer science programs. CIPS experts, educators and researchers provided their insight and feedback on ways to address this educational technology challenge in post-secondary schools today.
"We want to shape the educational system to make technology work for Canada's youth," said John Boufford I.S.P., CIPS President (2006-2007). "We have to consider the facts: only 42 per cent of students say their school encourages them to develop technology and computer skills, and only 15 per cent of students say they learn more about technology from their teachers and courses."
CIPS, in association with Youthography, a youth-market research company, provided results on experiences with technology among third and fourth-year secondary school students, as well as first and second-year college and university students across Canada in comparison with statistics from the United States. Those in attendance at this event and Web cast gained a better understanding about youth today:
- Who are they?
- What drives them?
- How do they see the world?
- What contributions do they want to make?
- What are their attitudes towards technology in society, technology in careers, and technology in the educational system?
Based on the feedback CIPS received from this event, the Web cast provided a good vehicle in sharing best practices and recommendations on ways to encourage students to enroll in computer science programs at the post-secondary level. Thank you to Microsoft Canada for sponsoring the "National Academic IT Youth Forum."
You can watch and listen to the entire Web cast and panel discussion!
Also available for viewing is a presentation delivered by Youthography, "Young North Americans Now: An Overview of the Current Continental Youth Landscape." This presentation gives an overview about the likes, dislikes and attitudes of the Generation "X" (b. 1965-1979) and Generation "Y" (b. 1980-2000) audience.
CIPS is planning another educational forum in the near future to continue the discussion on the topic of youth and IT. If you have any questions and/or comments about the "National Academic IT Youth Forum," feel free to contact either Gina van Dalen or Mylene Sayo at the CIPS National Office at: 1-877-ASK-CIPS or firstname.lastname@example.org.