Education

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 Code.org 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 Code.org. 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. Code.org, which aims to get computer science classes into every K-12 school in the… continue…

Advice to Nashville: Bill City As ‘Hip’ Tech Hub

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Businesses and industry need to work together with local educational institutions to brand Nashville as “a hip hub for high-tech workers and companies,” a University of California-Davis expert on expanding the labor pool told local leaders. Doing so would boost its existing employers, such as those in healthcare and the auto industry, and attract new ones, Steven Currall, dean of the UC-Davis Graduate School of Management, said at the Global South Summit forum, which focused on the global talent shortage.… continue…

New Programs Encourage Girls to Pursue STEM

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Last month, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World ­Ultimate Mentor Adventure announced the 10 winners of its program to give girls in grades 9-12 an opportunity to explore STEM careers. From the news release: Through the collaborative efforts of Marvel, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, National Academy of Science, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Discovery Science Center, girls had the chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how… continue…

Does Tech Advocate Code.org Go Far Enough?

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Code.org’s Computer Science Education Week kicks off Dec. 9 to encourage young people to get into STEM careers. But as the hype around the event builds, some question whether the efforts to get computer science classes into every U.S. school — with the help of volunteers such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and VC powerhouse John Doerr — are using up financial resources that would be better spent elsewhere. Though they say there’s real value to the program,… continue…

Microsoft Program Helps Vets Enter Tech Workforce

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Microsoft has kicked off “The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy” to provide software development and testing training to active duty military personnel who are transitioning back to civilian life. The program is a 16-week course that prepares participants to earn certifications as developers, applications engineers and IT project managers. After a pilot program run with Saint Martin’s University at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, the academy will be available on bases in California and Texas. It will then expand… continue…