Education

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…

Education: The Next Big Analytics Field?

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Mark Zuckerberg’s new investment could be the first of many, if it succeeds. continue…

Zuckerberg, Gates Take Computer Science Lessons to Schools

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Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are among the tech luminaries lining up behind Code.org, an effort to bring computer science into schools. The two are scheduled to participate in the organization’s “Hour of Code” — 60-minute programming tutorials planned for Computer Science Education Week, which starts December 9. “The Code.org vision is that every school should teach computer science and that every student should get a chance to study it or at least some basic exposure,” the organization said in… continue…

Is The Tech Hiring ‘Crisis’ Highly Exaggerated?

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The debate about whether the U.S. actually has a shortage of workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math wages on but a new report from the Census Bureau brings up an interesting point: Even those trained in those fields might not end up working in them. Only 26 percent of STEM graduates end up in a STEM job, the report says. Instead, they work in fields such as non-STEM management, healthcare, law, education, social work, accounting or counseling. Tech… continue…

Top 10 Places to Learn Rails Online

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Learning Ruby on Rails online isn’t ideal. Pair programming is considered a best practice. However, if those resources aren’t available or if you’re looking for something to supplement that kind of effort, check out some of the resources below, presented in no particular order. RailsBridge Installfest: Before getting started with Rails, you need to actually get it running. This working tutorial is field-tested and filled with details that other guides leave out. The Official Ruby on Rails Guides: “I frequently… continue…

5 Tips for Computer Science Freshmen

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Starting college is a big adjustment for anyone, but it can be especially daunting for CS majors. After all, they’re jumping into a tough curriculum that’s very different from the work they did in high school. Even those who’ve taken Computer Science will face big changes. To ease the transition, Cat’s collected a few pieces of advice from former CS majors — ideas they wish they’d learned about sooner.

EdTech Industry Takes Hit, Party Over?

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Educational technology company Blackboard issued another round of layoffs this month, according to a Washington Business Journal report. It marked the third consecutive year of layoffs for the privately held company and could serve as a tip of the iceberg of what’s to come for the edtech industry, which posted a year-over-year decline in venture funding for the first half of this year. This raises the question whether edtech, which some have characterized as an Internet bubble, is poised to… continue…

Free Software Developer School For Women Launches

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In an effort to address both the mounting talent shortage in technology in the state of Washington and gender imbalance in the industry, Ada Developers Academy is launching a free yearlong intensive software developer school in Seattle for women who have no previous programming experience. The classes are not only free, but students can even apply to receive a $1000 per month stipend. But, you better act fast. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30 – just a few days… continue…

Top Wage Earners Hold Computer-Related Degrees

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Eight computer-related degrees rank among the top 30 majors for salary potential, according to a recently released report from salary researcher PayScale. Engineering degrees of all stripes lead the way, with computer engineering ranking No. 6 and computer science No. 8. Here’s how the IT-related degrees fared: No. 6. Computer engineering: Starting salary -$65,300; Mid-career salary – $106,000. No. 8. Computer science: Starting salary – $59,800; Mid-career salary – $102,000. No. 12. Software engineering: Starting salary – $60,500; Mid-career salary – $99,300. No.… continue…