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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
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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 …

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
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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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Digital adaption, you're doing it wrong. STEM education needs rethink

With surprising timing, the Productivity Commission has dropped a report during the election campaign, criticising the widespread belief that science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM) education is an employment panacea in the digital era. In a report likely to be dismissed by both sides of politics, the commission also …
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US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

Computer science (CS) students in the US aren't being taught properly, and their classes are too limited in scope, says one IT think-tank. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) says that its most recent study [PDF] of curriculum in the US has found that not enough schools are offering computer science …
Shaun Nichols, 31 May 2016
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Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

A study from the US government's National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has found that girls test higher than boys in engineering and technology. The study, analyzing data from a 2014 round of tests on 21,500 eighth-grade students, found that on average, girls scored three points higher than boys on a series of …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2016
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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

Students who have access to computer devices in the classroom do significantly worse than colleagues without them, a study has found. In a study by MIT's School Effectiveness & Inequality Initiative, titled The Impact of Computer Usage on Academic Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial at the United States Military …
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US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

A who's-who list of tech industry executives has urged US Congress to pump computer science training into the brains of American kids. The open letter, signed by more than 40 CEOs, board chairs, and company founders, asks all members of the Senate and the House to direct funding and support for programs that would create …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2016
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Top infosec students square off in inter-uni hackathon contest

Update The University of Cambridge is due to host a cybersecurity hacking competition between the top UK universities next Saturday (23 April). The hackathon (pdf), which is expected to involve students from 10 UK universities, follows a similar exercise between the University of Cambridge and MIT last month. The latter exercise was …
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2016

Mathletics promises security upgrades after parents' security gripes

Mathletics, an e-learning platform for mathematics that is used by millions of school kids across the English speaking world, has admitted a coding error that meant kids’ login details were transmitted in the clear. Developers Australia-based 3P Learning said that the security snafu was down to a coding error, which it has …
John Leyden, 29 Feb 2016

These Chicago teens can't graduate until they learn some compsci

The Chicago Public Schools district has become the first in the nation to make computer science training a requirement for high school graduation. The district, the third-largest in the US, says that starting with next year's freshman class (graduating in 2020), all students will be required to complete one credit in a …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2016

Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe

Close on the heels of Marc Andreessen's anti-colonialism comments about India, a second billionaire Silicon Valley VC has exploded his ego all over the internet. But whereas Andreessen's offensive comments were restricted to a 140-character tweet, Vinod Khosla has written over 5,000 words to explain why kids should learn …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Feb 2016

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