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    Show me the ROI: The 10 computer science programs with the biggest payoff

    Posted April 2, 2014 - 6:00 am

    New data reveal which schools offer the best dollar-for-dollar return on your investment in a computer science degree in 2014
  • For the best ROI, get your computer science degree at a state school

    Posted April 1, 2014 - 6:00 am

    Based on the expected annual return, computer science degrees from state universities pay off better than those from private schools
  • Free data science courses from Johns Hopkins, Duke, Stanford

    Posted March 26, 2014 - 10:41 am

    If you've thought about trying to boost your data skills, check out Coursera's catalog of free classes. In particular, Johns Hopkins is about to start a nine-class specialization in data science.
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    A method to the madness: How 13 programming languages got their names

    Posted March 19, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    Programming language names are usually pretty formulaic and boring, except when they’re not. Here are the inspirations behind some of the more creative ones
  • Gates sees software replacing people; Greenspan calls for more H-1Bs

    Posted March 14, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Both agree that U.S. secondary education system needs much improvement.
  • Use of H-1B alternative skyrockets

    Posted March 12, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Number of foreign STEM students in expanded Optional Practice Training program has grown many fold in six years.
  • Computer science enrollments rocketed last year, up 22%

    Posted March 12, 2014 - 9:47 am

    A sneak peek at the annual Computing Research Association's (CRA) report on computer science enrollments at colleges shows that strong demand for technically-savvy workers is luring students in a big way.
  • How St. Louis is solving the programmer shortage one Harvard course at a time

    Posted March 11, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Dozens of companies in St. Louis can't hire good programmers. It isn't from lack of trying, or resources: they have the money, the open positions, and the need. The problem in the past has been explained that either they can't find them or don't know where to look. But there is a third possibility: the coders exist, they just need some training to get started. That is where an effort called LaunchCode comes into play.
  • How to add new job skills without going back to school

    Posted March 10, 2014 - 11:32 am

    E-learning is a cost-effective, accessible way to boost your job skills without the hassles of 'traditional' degree programs.
  • Thanks to Google’s Project Tango, it won’t take two for the visually impaired to navigate a room

    Posted March 3, 2014 - 7:30 am

    In today's accessible technology roundup: Google is developing a new solution to indoor navigation, the BBC revises their mobile accessibility guidelines and another game goes color blind-friendly
  • Review

    Teach a Child to Code

    Posted February 25, 2014 - 7:18 pm

    Children learn by playing. Smart people have known this for eons. Plato suggested that in order to teach, we should “Not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” So if you want to teach a child to grow up and become a coder, the best way – according to some mighty philosophers – would be to play a game that teaches the concept. Later, when their minds are ready to sit down and work, they can learn the details. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The child amidst his baubles is learning the action of light, motion, gravity, muscular force.” That is the sneaky plan behind a new game, Robot Turtles, from ThinkFun.
  • IT pros rank University of Texas San Antonio best school for cybersecurity

    Posted February 24, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) tops a somewhat unexpected list of schools that are considered by security practitioners as the best in the country for cybersecurity courses and degree programs.
  • Why shouldn't students have instant access to information?

    Posted February 20, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    The Los Angeles Unified School District is engaged in a massive effort to put an iPad into the hands of every student in its district. I am all for this. In fact, as the district has stated, this isn’t so much about education as it is a civil rights issue. But people are protesting against it and calling initiatives to get tables into schools, the iPocalypse. Why?
  • Let's stop arguing about technology in schools and get the kids what they need

    Posted February 14, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    In the years since Google set out to "Organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," technology has changed the world by making unlimited amounts of information available in seconds from anywhere. This has transformed almost every industry from music to news to medicine to retail and everything in between. But somehow, education, the one endeavor that is almost entirely about conveying information –from the minds of adults to those of our children – is still debating technology’s value.
  • Why hackathons are a boys' club and how to change that

    Posted February 12, 2014 - 7:00 am

    Female programmers discuss why they avoid hackathons and what could be done to make them feel more welcome
  • Boom or bust: The lowdown on code academies

    Posted February 10, 2014 - 11:01 am

    The reason these schools exist is simple. There's an enormous number of openings for people with coding skills and a serious shortage of warm bodies to fill them.
  • Accessible technology development roundup: Microsoft offers a scholarship for disabled students to study technology

    Posted February 3, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Microsoft’s new DisAbility Scholarship, a smartphone designed for the blind and how color blindness affects gaming
  • Is an MBA worthwhile or worthless for tech pros?

    Posted January 27, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    Once seen as a valuable differentiator for career advancement, the intrinsic worth of an MBA degree is now a hotly debated subject in the enterprise.
  • Does your career need a power-up?

    Posted January 16, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Sometimes you come to a moment in your career when you feel stuck. You can’t move forward. Backward is no longer an option. You need some sort of power-up to get you to the next level. But that power up is hard to unlock. Do you take on a challenging project? Beg someone to mentor you? Look for another job and hope for a bump in the process? Spend all your free time (which has recently become the best part of life) going to night classes to acquire a new skill set that will help you move forward?
  • MIT debuts online Big Data course for tech pros

    Posted January 10, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Want to learn more about Big Data? MIT is taking on the buzzy topic in an online course designed for tech pros. Tackling the Challenges of Big Data runs from March 4 to April 1 and costs $495.
  • Plan your dive. Dive your plan

    Posted January 8, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    When I learned to SCUBA dive, (a long time ago) my instructor believed firmly in the axiom, “Plan your dive. Dive your plan.” It is a generally accepted truth that when you go into a wild environment, you don’t know what to expect and you certainly can’t control it. But the plan is important. I have found his advice works just as well for life as it does for diving.
  • iPads in schools: The right way to do it

    Posted November 22, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    This was supposed to be the year of the iPad's crowning triumph in education--its adoption by and distribution throughout the nation's second-largest school district, Los Angeles. Events haven't quite turned out as planned.
  • STEM talent shortfall frustrates tech recruiters

    Posted October 24, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    Survey of scientific and technical talent recruiters from across Fortune 1000 companies reveals brisk competition for STEM-educated workers as demand outstrips supply.
  • How to close the big data skills gap by training your IT staff

    Posted October 2, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    Research firms paint a dire picture of a massive big data skills gap that will get worse over time. But companies like Persado, which uses big data to help marketers optimize their messages, are finding success training their existing staff in the new big data technologies.
  • Who's training the next generation of data scientists?

    Posted October 2, 2013 - 11:54 am

    A projected shortage of qualified data scientists could leave U.S. businesses unable to tap the value of big data. To help meet that demand, the University of California at Berkeley has developed a master's degree program to train new data scientists.
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