Research has started to provide strong evidence that students who find meaning and significance in their studies are more engaged and driven to master the material at hand. Students participating in the Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS), also known as Software for Humanity, can attest to that theory firsthand.
By 2018, 1.1 million Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) jobs will need to be filled in California, nearly half of which will be computing related. With Computer Science becoming increasingly important in many industries, one California lawmaker is trying to help high school students better prepare for their future success.
Topics: Computer Science Education, Introduction to Computer Science, Alex Padilla, California State University, Computer Science Education, Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Bill 1200, STEM, STEM jobs, University of California
Given the huge demand for highly-trained computer experts and engineers, secondary education is already trending towards a marked increase in computing classes. Now, Congress is considering a bill to help close the skills gap and strengthen our national competitiveness. The bill, currently in the House of Representatives, is the Computer Science Education Act (HR 2536).
Topics: Computer Science, Computer Science Education, Computer Science Education Act, Association for Computing Machinery, Computer Science Teachers Association, Congress, CSTA, Early Education, Foundations, House of Representatives, Introduction to Computer Science, Jared Polis, Secondary Education, Susan Brooks, Computer Science Education
Mercurynews.com reported that, much like the rest of the country, the San Francisco Bay Area needs help motivating young people to take an interest in computer science and technology. According to the nonprofit Code.org, there will be a shortage of 1 million trained computer scientists in the next decade. Yet, only 10 percent of U.S. high schools offer classes in programming.
A new Verizon Wireless ad released last month titled “Inspire Her Mind” provides a theory as to why many women often grow up with little interest in science and technology. The ad suggests that many girls are raised with a focus on their looks over their minds. Rather than telling them that they’re pretty, the ad argues we should be encouraging them to believe they’re “pretty brilliant” instead.
High school seniors are increasingly opting to pursue STEM studies after graduation. According to The Boston Globe, in Medfield, Massachusetts, just south of Boston, 27 percent of seniors this year have chosen to study computer science, mathematics, engineering, or science in college, up from 19 percent in 2007. In fact, the number of Medfield seniors declaring majors in these fields has now exceeded the traditionally popular business majors.
Did you know that last year, only 18.5 percent of AP Computer Science test takers were girls, while a mere 0.4 percent of females entering college intended to major in computer science. The gender gap in computer science education and careers has always existed, but now there’s a nationwide push to introduce computer science to children at a younger age and expand the interest levels of girls.
Topics: Computer Science, Computer Science Education, google, Introduction to Computer Science, Bill Gates, CoderDojo NYC, Mark Zuckerberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, Programming, ThoughtStem, coding, Minecraft
Last fall, we conducted a pilot study on Navigate Computer Science with two instructors and their students at La Roche College and Union College. Both instructors and 23 students provided us with their feedback and experiences using the product. In addition, the instructors allowed us to link information about their students’ performance to how often they accessed Navigate so we could evaluate the relationship.
At the 2014 ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Symposium in Atlanta, GA, we displayed dozens of leading titles for Computer Science education, including Linda Null and Julia Lobur’s just published The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture, Fourth Edition. More than 1,300 instructors, students, and professionals from all over the world visited our booth to get an inside peak at our biggest Computer Science titles.
We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Information Systems Security & Assurance (ISSA) website . Completely revamped and modernized with new, easy-to-navigate features, the new ISSA website includes a Try It Now demo gallery where you can view sample materials for each title in the series. The homepage now offers a comprehensive video walkthrough for a complete introduction to the program, as well as an overview of the entire curriculum.