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Can coding bootcamps save the day?

February 26th, 2015 at 2:40 pm » Comments Off

It used to be that if you graduated from college with no marketable skills but dreams of a safe career path, you went to law school.  For three years and about $150,000.  Now people skip law school and go to a computer coding bootcamp.  For just three months and $15,000 or less. NOTE:  Anyone interested in […]

More important, degrees or skills?

February 18th, 2015 at 6:28 pm » Comments Off

Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do By Miles Kimball, Professor, University of Michigan If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of […]

Can solar be the next shale?

February 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Can solar power transform the electricity market as much as shale did for oil and gas?  This question has been posed in a new study by Wood MacKenzie, an international energy research and consulting company.

Four Rules for Game Testing Our Way to a Better Future

February 4th, 2015 at 3:09 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: At a recent video game tournament in Denver called ClutchCon, I was moderating a panel discussion on the future of video games, and we got into the topic of leveraging the time and energy spent playing video games into a “wisdom of crowds” approach for solving the world’s problems.    

Blended learning and gamification increases student engagement

February 4th, 2015 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

Rob Schwartz has been a technology education teacher for nearly two decades. He is in his first year at Sheridan Technical High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, a blended-learning magnet school where he teaches an online technology course. In his previous position at Seminole Ridge High School in Palm Beach County, Schwartz created Brainbuffet, a classroom website, and oversaw students’ […]

All over the world girls outperform boys in math and science

February 3rd, 2015 at 7:25 pm » Comments Off

With Silicon Valley struggling to add diversity into the male-dominated tech companies, a new study suggests that women have a natural head start.

Why journalism students need a basic grasp of coding

February 2nd, 2015 at 7:35 pm » Comments Off

Journalism students at most universities are required to take English composition, and other courses related to writing, yet in the debate about teaching code in journalism programs, code is often reduced to a shiny toy. NOTE:  Anyone interested in learning to code, DaVinci Coders offers multiple courses designed to get you into the rapidly growing technology industry.  For […]

The best tech skills to boost your resume

February 2nd, 2015 at 7:20 pm » Comments Off

With U.S. salaries hitting an all time high last year, and a plethora of free online classes and workshops designed to help develop your skills, there is not better time to get into the software engineering industry. NOTE:  Anyone interested in learning to code, DaVinci Coders offers multiple courses designed to get you into the rapidly […]

Bill Gates wants to tackle mobile banking without bitcoin

January 27th, 2015 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Bill and Melinda Gates have a pretty substantial to-do list.  In the Gates Foundation annual letter, they have outlined their long-term, 15 year goals for the challenges they wish to solve.  

Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

January 21st, 2015 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.