Can Hacker Schools Provide the Training You Need?

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An alternative is rising for people who want to develop new technical skills: Hacker schools, which are billed as quick, cheap alternatives to traditional educational approaches. The schools are cropping up across the country, especially in tech-heavy areas like San Francisco, New York and Boston. They’re not cheap, though. A program at the Iron Yard, based in South Carolina, takes three months and costs $9,000. A two-month program at Atlanta’s Tech Talent South runs $6,250 for full-time students and $4,250… continue…

Demand for IT Engineers Shows in Salaries

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IT engineers continue to be in demand, and the proof is in their salaries, according to the 2013–2014 PayScale College Salary report. Their roles accounted for a sizable chunk of the top 10 salaries across all industries when measured by median pay for graduates with at least 10 years of experience. Computer engineering majors, sharing sixth place with electrical engineering majors, had an annual median salary of $106,000 for those at the mid-career level. When starting out – with five… continue…

How Girls Migrate to STEM Careers

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Getting women into STEM careers has got to start somewhere and educators, as well as industry players, increasingly advocate starting them at a young age – even as early as when they enter kindergarten. The industry’s desire to hit the problem hard and early is based on the lackluster percentage of women who currently work in  computing. Women hold only 25 percent of computing jobs and the percentage interested in pursuing a STEM career dropped to 18 percent in 2010… continue…

Hackbright Boot Camp Moves Women Into Coding Careers

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Hackbright Academy in San Francisco is a 10-week boot camp with a twist: Not only is the year-old program for women only, all of its graduates began with established careers in non-STEM fields. Through its intensive training, mentoring, final projects and “speed dating” career day, Hackbright has been able to place graduates into positions as software engineers at startups and established organizations including, Eventbrite, Facebook, Flixster, Heroku, New Relic, Rdio, Perforce, Pinterest, Pivotal Labs, StubHub, SurveyMonkey, Trulia, Twilio and… continue…

MOOCs Get ‘F’ in Delivering on Promise

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It was two years ago that Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun drew 160,000 students from around the globe to his free online course on artificial intelligence, starting a conversation about the coming wave of free online education. But despite claims that free online courses would revolutionize education, the New York Times is reporting that initial results for large-scale courses are rather disappointing. A study from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education of a million users of massive open online… continue…

Hour of Code Attracts 16 Million Students

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Seven days, 16.4 million students and 539,213,554 lines of code. That’s the end result of the Hour of Code organized as part of last week’s Computer Science Education Week. The staggering participation rate far surpassed the expectations of the organizers and founders, brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi. In an interview with Dice News before the week, Hadi Partovi said: “10 million students is an aspirational, audacious goal, and it’s a worldwide goal.” In an AllThingsD interview, Hadi Partovi said… continue…

It’s Never Too Early to Build a Robot

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More educators are developing programs to engage students in computer science, and often at younger ages than they have before. They’re teaching elementary school kids to build robots and code video games, taking advantage of new tools that let students get their hands dirty without bogging down in the kind of debugging that can discourage any newcomer. In this week’s Dice News Hangout, we explore the influence such programs can have on a child’s education, how quickly coding can grab… continue…

Schools Aren’t Waiting for the Hour of Code

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Even before Computer Science Education Week kicks off on Dec. 9, a number of educators have immersed their students into the world of computers and coding. Part of the week-long program calls for every student in the U.S. to spend at least one hour learning to code, actually coding or being introduced to coding as part of an “Hour of Code.” At Ocean View Elementary School in Albany, Calif., school librarian/media specialist Ray Pedersen introduced an Hour of Code tutorial… continue…

Tech Professionals Say These Are the 10 Best Colleges

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Top tech leaders picked the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the top college in the U.S., according to Business Insider’s fifth annual colleges survey. The top 10 ranked in order, according to tech professionals, are MIT, Stanford, Harvard, California Institute of Technology, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, West Point, Cornell, and the University of Chicago. Professionals in a variety of industries also picked MITas the top college in the U.S. –making it Number one for the fourth year running. UPenn and Dartmouth… continue…

Code.Org Founder Applies Startup Lessons to CS Education

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Startup founder and investor Hadi Partovi knows about leverage. The founding team member of iLike and Tellme Networks is putting his startup experience to work on building the high-profile computer science education non-profit Since its 2012 launch, the non-profit has displayed many of the same traits as hot startups: It was kicked off on a shoestring budget, is mission-driven and has gotten plenty of buzz., which aims to get computer science classes into every K-12 school in the… continue…