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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alarm bells over computers and child development

The Irish Times – Mark Hilliard

“Children as young as three are increasingly using tablet computers in the home leading to calls for a debate in Ireland on how cyberspace should be controlled in the future…Psychologist Mary Aiken believes parents are becoming less able to provide safeguards alone and filtering software is not always reliable.”(more)

Monday, March 17, 2014

How does your personality contribute to your success in IT ?

Computer Weekly – Geoff Trickey

“Programming, may actually be related to foreign language learning or to mathematical aptitudes; so either an art or a science – not a promising basis for identifying a single differentiating feature of IT success.”(more)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints

Teach Thought – Staff Writer

“If you’ve scratched your head over suggestions to manage your “digital footprint,” you aren’t the only one. A surprisingly large percentage of people have never even heard the phrase, let alone thought about how to manage theirs responsibly. Among students, the percentage is probably higher. We’ll talk about ways you can help students understand and manage their digital footprints before they get themselves in trouble.”(more)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ways to help kids unplug from technology

The Kansas City Star – Jennifer Chung

“Our lives feel busier than ever – cellphones, tablets and laptops can certainly help us be more efficient, but they also can make us feel like we need to be accessible to everyone all the time. Kids are introduced to technology at a younger age than ever before. Is technology a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to raising our kids? Here are some tips to help parents find balance and set some boundaries around screen time.”(more)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Can early computer science education boost number of women in tech?

The Mercury News – Mike Cassidy

“When Sophia Westwood decided to take computer science as a freshman at Stanford, she knew she was running with a high-octane crowd: elite program, startup factory, genius classmates who had been coding since birth.”(more)

The Internet Is a Safer Place for Your Teen Than You Think

Time – Randye Hoder

“Danah Boyd has a pointed message for parents: Most everything we think we know about the way our kids are using the Internet is wrong.”(more)

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“A handful of nonprofit and for-profit groups are working to address what they see as a national education crisis: Too few of America’s K-12 public schools actually teach computer science basics and fewer still offer it for credit.”(more)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Get Over Engineering! Get Over MBA! Foreign Language is the Next Big thing!!By Karthik SV

Automated Trader – Nadiva

“In the current market scenario where the IT industry is expanding drastically, it’s not only the engineers or management graduates who drive the organization, for the globalization of any industry it’s always the native language experts who play a very integral part…When your credentials are identical to other candidates, having foreign language skills can help sway the hiring manager in your direction.”(more)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Internet safety: the fourth ‘R’ in skills education

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

“Lessons in Internet safety are as important as reading, writing and arithmetic – the “three Rs” – according to 80 per cent of parents who took part in a new study released to coincide with Safer Internet Day.”(more)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Learn to code? No: Learn a real language

GeekWire – Frank Catalano

“Aside from encouraging greater mental flexibility and creative thinking skills, being bilingual is in demand by employers as companies adopt an international posture…A better approach? Encourage both…Computer languages to teach meaningful abstraction, and human languages to teach deep communication.”(more)