Archive for the 'education' Category

Wanted: Technical Women

2012/01/07

“Evidence continues to mount that capable women in technical fields have less confidence than men that they will be successful. Researchers at Stanford University recently published new findings that women engineering students perform as well as men, but are more likely than men to switch to a different major. These women switch because they don’t believe that their skills are good enough and they don’t feel like they “fit” in engineering.

Unfortunately, many of these women are wrong. They could succeed in engineering or computing, and it is in our interest that they do.”

in US News

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Computing: The Human Experience

2012/01/04

The story of computing is the story of humanity™

Computing: The Human Experience is a transmedia project engaging audiences of all ages in the story of the technology that has changed humanity.

in http://computingthehumanexperience.com

MIT Will Offer Certificates to Outside Students Who Take Its Online Courses

2011/12/21

“Millions of learners have enjoyed the free lecture videos and other course materials published online through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s OpenCourseWare project. Now MIT plans to release a fresh batch of open online courses—and, for the first time, to offer certificates to outside students who complete them.”

in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students Shift to Computer Science

2011/12/21

“The increase follows a national trend: Computer science majors increased 7.6% across the country from 2009 to 2010, the most recent available data, according to the Computing Research Association.

“Computing now penetrates into just about every line of business and academic discipline,” said Zhigang Xiang, chair of Queens College’s Computer Science Department. “It’s hard to find one field where you don’t need it.”

“People certainly realize [computing] is now getting to be a basic skill in the 21st century,” Mr. Xiang said.”
in The Wall Street Journal

Government looks to make ICT education ‘essential’ to curriculum

2011/12/21

“The government has said that computer science education should be brought into the new National Curriculum as an essential discipline.

Formulating a response to Nesta’s Next Gen report on reforming the provision of ICT and computer science subjects in schools, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said that it recognises the importance of ICT.

It also agreed with Nesta that the UK’s ICT programme should be reformed to encourage more young people to study the subject and pursue IT careers.”
in Women in Technology

Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard)

2011/11/07

“Professor Chang says that rather than losing mainly students from disadvantaged backgrounds or with lackluster records, the attrition rate can be higher at the most selective schools, where he believes the competition overwhelms even well-qualified students.

“You’d like to think that since these institutions are getting the best students, the students who go there would have the best chances to succeed,” he says. “But if you take two students who have the same high school grade-point average and SAT scores, and you put one in a highly selective school like Berkeley and the other in a school with lower average scores like Cal State, that Berkeley student is at least 13 percent less likely than the one at Cal State to finish a STEM degree.””

in The New York Times

What’s the Most Important Lesson You Learned from a Teacher?

2011/10/05

http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes/2011/10/05/whats-the-most-important-lesson-you-learned-from-a-teacher

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins – review

2011/09/26

“Myths and fables are the first Just So stories; they tell us what we would like to know. Science tells us what we may know, along with why and how we may know it. Myths endure because, at their best, they are great stories. The narrative of science is always incomplete, continuously under revision, and seldom delivers a neat ending or a consoling moral. Even so, as Richard Dawkins confirms again and again in this book – his first for “a family audience” – science composes stories as thrilling as Homer, as profound as Job, and as entertaining as anything by Kipling.”

in  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/sep/21/richard-dawkins-magic-reality-review?CMP=twt_gu

Schoolchildren to be taught how to write software – ComputerworldUK.com

2011/09/20

“Pre-GSCE students will be taught how to write software, in a trial aiming to transform IT education in schools, the government has revealed.”

in Schoolchildren to be taught how to write software – ComputerworldUK.com.

How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education

2011/07/19

in http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/07/ff_khan/all/1