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Second one this month: Another code bootcamp decamps to graveyard

The Iron Yard, a four-year-old coding bootcamp based in South Carolina, USA, said on Thursday that it is shutting its doors. "In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts," the company said on …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jul 2017
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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

Few could argue with what the Raspberry Pi has achieved. As well as inspiring countless youngsters into computing, the tiny affordable gadget is beloved by amateur and professional techies alike. Yet a completely batshit crazy petition, even by change.org standards, begs to differ. One "NoRottenPi" is calling for a boycott of …
Kat Hall, 4 Jul 2017

2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

The number of pupils signing up for GCSE computing has plateaued just years after the qualification was introduced, raising concerns that not enough is being done to help teachers with more difficult courses. According to the latest figures from exam watchdog Ofqual, 67,800 pupils were due to sit the GCSE (General Certificate …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2017
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Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and the CoderDojo Foundation have merged in order to combine forces and accelerate both organisation's mission to teach kids how to code. Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Philip Colligan wrote that the two organisations “see an opportunity to do even more by joining forces.” CoderDojo's executive …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017
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Do not insert coin: Uni of Utah to dish out scholarships to ace video game players

The University of Utah on Wednesday said it will offer scholarships to students who excel at esports – meaning they can play, say, League of Legends for the US college to pay their way through an engineering degree. The uni's newly formed varsity esports program is the first such program for an institution participating in the …
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AU$240m went up in smoke on failed school portal project

The corruption watchdog in the Australian State of Victoria has concluded that the state's failed "Ultranet" project was made vastly more expensive by official, rampant and long-standing corruption. The “Operation Durham” report also highlights just how long people can operate without oversight, if they happen to catch a …
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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Shortly after the American College of Education (ACE) in Indiana fired IT administrator Triano Williams in April, 2016, it found that it no longer had any employees with admin access to the Google email service used by the school. In a lawsuit [PDF] filed against Williams in July, 2016, the school alleges that it asked …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Jan 2017

Melbourne hacker adds padding oracle to free popular hacker course

Melbourne security bod Louis Nyffenegger has updated his popular PentesterLab security testing platform allowing hackers to learn how to detect padding oracles. Nyffenegger launched the education platform in 2013 allowing users to tackle free practical and theory courses, and giving enterprises the option to pay for licences …
Darren Pauli, 12 Dec 2016
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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

A leading education advisor to government ministers in the UK has criticised the aggressive proliferation of software in schools as a "gimmick", and called for ministers to "drain the swamp". British schoolchildren will play Minecraft for an hour as Microsoft's contribution to the global "Hour of Code", a stunt intended to …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2016
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Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

Women are still losing ground in the computer science and IT fields, despite corporate pledges to improve gender diversity in their ranks. This according to research carried out by Accenture and Girls Who Code, which found the overall percentage of women in computing jobs is set to decline in the coming years from 24 to 20 per …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2016

NIST: People have given up on cybersecurity – it's too much hassle

Online security for the general public is just too much bother. According to a study released on Tuesday by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and published in IEEE's IT Professional, people are overwhelmed with messages about online perils and have just given up. The result, as the study puts it, is …
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Microsoft will let you pass and fail cert exams at the same time

Microsoft has made a change to the way it marks re-certification exams, removing the requirement to pass all components of a test. The new regime means you'll pass the exam even if you fail some components. The changes has been made for “a variety of psychometric and practical reasons,” writes Redmond's Psychometrician Liberty …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2016

'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

Assume for the sake of argument that computer science grades are bimodal: there's a distinct group of students who excel at the subject, and then there's everyone else in another group. Computer science researchers at the University of Toronto – namely, Elizabeth Patitsas, Jesse Berlin, Michelle Craig, and Steve Easterbrook – …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Sep 2016
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US tech college ITT is not pining for the fjords. It is no more. It has gone and met its maker

For-profit US-wide college ITT will shut down in the wake of a government decision to bar it from accepting federal student aid money. The technical training school said Monday that effective immediately, it will be ceasing all operations and terminating most of its staff. "The actions of and sanctions from the US Department …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Sep 2016

Australian States stutter in coding-for-kids bandwagon-jump

Australia's schools have gone crazy for coding, but kids in different states will be offered different programs that may use some, all or none of the national Digital Technologies Curriculum. The Register has tracked that curriculum's development, because most stakeholders in the local technology industries argued it was A …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2016
IT Crowd's Roy: "Have you turned it off and on again?"

Three quarters of Oz science grads can't get science work

If you actually want a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) job, be an engineer: science graduates are mostly under-employed, but three-quarters of engineering graduates get work within four months. The gap between a supply inflated by STEM-boosterism and a lack of demand is funnelling a lot of science graduates …
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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

Computer science graduates continue to top the UK's higher education unemployment rankings, according to the latest figures compiled by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Ten per cent of computer science graduates failed to find a job six months after graduation in the academic year 2014/2015 - a figure higher than …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Jul 2016
 Good GCSEs should cost parents a Jesus-phone

RM: School spending on tech is soft, soggy and downright subdued

School spending on tech remains “subdued”, according to specialist education supplier RM at the half-way stage of its fiscal year 2016, ended 31 May. Revenue slid 3.8 per cent year-on-year to £76.8m, but excluding the disposal of SpaceKraft, which made sensory learning devices for children with special needs, sales fell 1.4 …
Paul Kunert, 4 Jul 2016

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