A revolution is under way. In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing,
Like many professions today, software development is developing new rules for education and status identification. At one point, a degree from MIT or Stanford was the key ticket to a major Silicon Valley company, and from there, a start-up or a management role. The new culture around hackathons and open source projects is going to
Schumpeter: Those who can’t, teach | The Economist. IN EVERY profession there are people who fail to practise what they preach: dentists with mouths full of rotten teeth, doctors who smoke 40 a day, accountants who forget to file their tax returns. But it is a rare profession where failure to obey its own rules
The Arkansas Academy of Computing is pleased to announce the results of its 2014-15 scholarship fundraising campaign. Thanks to the generous participation of its membership, the Academy raised $25,000 for scholarships! Based on historic giving practices, the Academy will award 50 – $500 scholarships in the upcoming school year. The allocation of the scholarship money
Equality of Opportunity. Is America the “Land of Opportunity”? In two recent studies, we find that: (1) Upward income mobility varies substantially within the U.S. [summary][paper] Areas with greater mobility tend to have five characteristics: less segregation, less income inequality, better schools, greater social capital, and more stable families. (2) Contrary to popular perception, economic mobility has not
The report is a groundbreaking investigation into the millions of women who are doing it all and barely scraping by, struggling to provide and parent in a nation that hasn’t kept pace with the modern realities of their lives. It combines research, analysis and ideas from the nation’s top academic institutions and think tanks, essays by
Girls start using technology at a younger age, on average, than boys, but women represent less than 20% of those graduating from college with computer science degrees. Computer-related fields are among the fastest growing in the U.S., to the tune of approximately 1.4 million job openings by 2020, and yet we’re producing fewer than half
Udacitys Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course HE CAPTIVATED THE WORLD WITH VISIONS OF SELF-DRIVING CARS AND GOOGLE GLASS AND HAS SIGNED UP 1.6 MILLION STUDENTS FOR ONLINE CLASSES. SO WHY IS HE PIVOTING AWAY FROM MOOCS? “WE DONT EDUCATE PEOPLE AS OTHERS WISHED, OR AS I WISHED,” THRUN SAYS. via Udacitys
Elite business-school graduates are increasingly heading to work in technology over finance as the lingering aftereffects of the financial crisis—along with Wall Street’s long hours and scaled-back pay—sends newly minted M.B.A.s elsewhere. At Harvard Business School, 18% of job-seeking students landed tech-sector spots this year, up from 12% in 2012. A similar shift is under
In the working world, a degree in computer science is linked to enviable paychecks. PayScale, which analyzes salary data, ranked 129 college majors based on earning potential. Engineering, math, science and technology fields dominated the highest rankings in the College Salary Report, which provides the median starting pay and median mid-career pay for the alumni of
Khan Academy: The future of education? – CBS News. Be sure to watch the segment about the “School of the Future.”
Maintaining strong enrollment is becoming a bigger worry for college administrators as cash-strapped families begin to balk at rising tuition bills, according to a survey. Colleges Worry Their Big Bills Will Keep Students Away – WSJ.com.
This 12-year-old kid learned to code on Codecademy, built 5 apps, and is speaking at SXSW | VentureBeat.
Kim Ki-hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea, where he is known as a rock-star teacher—a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world. Mr. Kim has been teaching for over 20 years, all of them in the countrys private, after-school tutoring academies, known as hagwons. Unlike most teachers
Proponents of online learning often use train metaphors to describe its growing impact on the educational landscape. Those of us who teach at two-year colleges, especially, are constantly encouraged, prodded, hectored, cajoled—and sometimes even ordered—to get on board. Otherwise, we’re told, we’re likely to be run over. Who Is Driving the Online Locomotive? – Advice
The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project. OVERVIEW A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and high school students finds that digital technologies are impacting student writing in myriad ways and there are significant advantages from tech-based
Great article from The Economist about education technology. Here’s a link to the article. Education technology: Catching on at last | The Economist.
As Web traffic migrates to smartphones and tablets, employers are rushing to develop mobile versions of their career websites, apps with interactive career content such as games and workplace tours, and simplified versions of job applications that can more easily be completed on a hand-held device. How Your Smartphone Could Get You a Job –
New research by Pew Research Center. Asked about the impact of the internet and digital tools in their role as middle and high school educators, these teachers say the following about the overall impact on their teaching and their classroom work. 92% of these teachers say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability
In most parts of the country, states offer financial aid to incoming college students based on need. But Georgia has led a movement for two decades that turned that idea on its head—by offering scholarships entirely on merit. Arkansas is not too far behind the trend… WSJ Article Shift to Merit Scholarships [PDF of the Article]