InTEACT is delighted to announce Dr Therese Keane as a presenter for the Education Stream at the joint InTEACT/ACS 2016 Conference on Tuesday 23rd August.
Topic: Female participation in school computing: Where are they?
From the ‘short poppy syndrome’ to persistent stereotypes about ICT being the domain of geeky boys, the result is clear: girls are missing out on learning skills that are important and valued. We live in a society where technology underpins a lot of innovation in our economy; where the ‘jobs of the future’ require sophisticated levels of digital literacy, creativity and innovation. Digital Technologies has become a core subject in the Australian Curriculum and the focus of national innovation initiatives. Equal participation by girls, however, remains unlikely based on their engagement with computing in recent decades unless there is a concerted effort by all to engage them during their early years of adolescence.
Dr. Therese Keane is a Senior Lecturer at Swinburne University. Therese has worked in a variety of school settings where she taught IT and was the Director of ICT. She holds a Doctorate in Education focusing on ICT Leadership in schools. Therese is a member of the ACS ICT Educators Board and a Committee Member on the DLTV. She has presented numerous seminars and workshops for teachers involved in the teaching of IT.
Therese has written 13 textbooks in all units of VCE Information Technology/Computing since 1996 and has worked with the VCAA in the development of the VCE IT Study Design and various roles associated with VCE assessment over the past 20 years.
Therese has developed two courses at Swinburne; The Graduate Certificate of Educational Technologies (2011), and the Master of Teaching – Secondary (2015). She currently is the Program Coordinator for the Secondary Education – Bachelor and Masters Degrees. Therese is also involved in the provision of professional development to ICT teachers, the delivery of workshops to secondary students and research into the use of technology (1:1 Programs, BYOD, screen casts), gender inequalities in computing, robotics in education and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes.
Therese runs humanoid robot (NAO) workshops for primary and secondary school students during the school holidays and is also involved with the FIRST LEGO League, as she is the Tournament Director for Victoria. In 2014, Therese was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Engagement and in 2015, the DLTV’s award for Outstanding Leadership.