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Teachers Can Now Fund CS Professional Development on DonorsChoose
DonorsChoose.org and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have partnered with the Infosys Foundation USA on the latter's CS for All community giving campaign. The initiative aims to make computer science professional development more accessible for teachers, especially those who do not already teach computer science. The program aims to fund the projects of as many as 2,000 teachers. NSF and the foundation have committed $6 million to the effort collectively. Part of this funding will match community donations through DonorsChoose, and the rest will go towards creating the professional development programs in which the teachers are enrolling. The program opened three weeks before the official announcement, and seven of 30 proposals have received full funding.
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Posted on 10 May 2016
Female Tech Leaders Create New Group To Fix Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem
Silicon Valley executives have talked a lot of about the lack of diversity in their ranks. But as the annual workplace demographic reports from their companies show, not much is changing. So a group of prominent women in the tech industry has taken matters into their own hand, and on Tuesday unveiled a new initiative called Project Include. The project's aim is to collect and share data to help increase diversity among tech company employees as a way to encourage change.
Posted on 10 May 2016
4 Factors That Predict Startup Success, and One That Doesn't
What makes a venture capital investment successful? Some of the most interesting data on this question comes from an analysis published last year by the venture capital firm First Round Capital. The firm's unique data set comprises information on over 300 companies and nearly 600 founders, including founder characteristics such as age, gender, education, firm location, and prior work and startup experience. The study found several correlates with success - some reassuring, some surprising.
Posted on 10 May 2016
'Growth Mindset' To Improve Students' Future; Character Education Nears Implementation To Alter STEM?
This new idea that swept throughout the academia is a brain child of Stanford University Psychology Professor Carol Dweck. Her works insist to focus on ''Growth Mindset'' believing that this factor could edify students will to overcome problems and develop abilities, and become scholarly active in learning. The professor introduced true-to-life tales of students living in harsh, congested city areas who have plucked their selves in a situation without future by believing that their talents reach beyond what they already know, she said in a video TED Talk shared.
Posted on 10 May 2016
Researchers explain how stereotypes keep girls out of computer science classes
Despite valiant efforts to recruit more women, the gender gap in the fields collectively known as STEM -science, technology, engineering, and math - is not getting any better. The gaps in computer science and engineering are the largest of any major STEM discipline. Nationally, less than 20% of bachelor's degrees in these fields go to women. Women are missing out on great jobs, and society is missing out on the innovations women could be making in new technology. Good work is being done to solve this problem in college and the workplace. But we need to start earlier and set a strong foundation. Stereotypes are a powerful force driving girls away from these fields. Even though stereotypes are often inaccurate, children absorb them at an early age and are affected by them.
Posted on 29 Apr 2016
Top business leaders, 27 governors, urge Congress to boost computer science education
Leaders of dozens of the nation's top businesses - from Apple and Facebook to Target, Walmart and AT&T - are calling on Congress to help provide computer science education in all K-12 schools, arguing that the United States needs far more students who are literate in the technologies that are transforming nearly every industry. They worry that the United States could lose its competitive edge without significant efforts to boost computer science among the nation's youth. A bipartisan coalition of 27 governors has joined the effort, saying they see teaching coding and programming as a way to draw middle-class jobs to their states, and dozens of school system superintendents and nonprofit leaders say they see computer science courses as essential for giving children the skills they'll need to be successful in the modern economy.
Posted on 29 Apr 2016
Girls More Anxious about Mathematics, STEM Subjects Compared to Boys
Global studies have shown that women are underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and fields. Even in countries with higher gender equality, sex differences in math and technical scores persist. Now, using international data, a team of psychologists from the University of Missouri, the University of California-Irvine and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, have determined that, overall, girls experience negative emotions about mathematics that can result in avoidance of math topics. Often called ''mathematics anxiety'' scientists believe that several factors other than math performance are resulting in higher mathematics anxiety in girls compared to boys.
Posted on 29 Apr 2016
Stanford Computer Science launches new Masters of Education
For years humanities and social science Ph.D.s have faced a dismal academic job market. As the number of tenure-track positions in these fields dwindle, many dedicated teachers and research have begun to search outside of academia for employment opportunities. Industry and institutions have beckoned these alt-ac Ph.D.s for a while. Enter Stanford Computer Science with another option for Ph.D.s, who prefer to stay in education and pursue a teaching career: A year-long Masters of Computer Science Education that prepares recipients of doctoral degrees from diverse fields with excellent teaching records to teach beginning programming courses for students in higher education and beyond. Programming instructors are in high demand: With this new degree, humanities and social science PhDs would find ample employment opportunities to teach programming, and they would be able to bring their understanding of academic values and student learning needs, acquired during their own doctoral study, into the programming classroom.
Posted on 21 Apr 2016
See All of Google's Computer Science Education Tools and Programs in One Place
Google has launched a new education site, which gathers programming tools and other resources for you or perhaps your kid to learn computer science, a hot subject these days. You might be familiar with many of these, such as Google's Made with Code, which helps inspire girls to learn to code, and CS First, a computer science clubs initiative for teaching kids in communities around the country. The site, however, puts all of the CS educational resources in one place. You can explore scholarships, for example, in the ''Participate in Academic Opportunities'' section or join a programming contest in the ''Access Career Opportunities'' section. Perhaps it's one more site to bookmark.
Posted on 21 Apr 2016
NASA's ''Rocket Girls'' Are No Longer Forgotten History
It's rare that a scientist's name becomes a household one, no matter how great his or her discovery is. And yet, a handful of brilliant American innovators in rocket science still enjoy name recognition: Werner Von Braun, Homer Hickam, Robert Goddard, among them. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is where many of the brightest rocket scientists collaborated on the early achievements of the space program, and JPL's website is quick to hail the men behind the missions. Even lesser-known figures, such as Frank Malina, Jack Parsons and Ed Forman, who founded the lab in the 1930s, are remembered fondly as ''rocket boys'' and ''rocketmen.'' What's missing from an otherwise detailed history online, however, is major part of the story: the rocket girls. Thanks to a new book, these female pioneers who helped the U.S. win the space race are finally getting their due.
Posted on 21 Apr 2016

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