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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

February, 2006

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

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  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    SIGCSE - Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education

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    In another day or so I am heading down to Houston Texas for the annual SIGCSE conference. SIGCSE is by far my favorite conference of the year. It is attended by university, community college and high school computer science educators. Friday is officially and by tradition the special day for high school computer science teachers by the way. Some of the best computer science educators in the country, perhaps the world, will be there. It is a wonderful chance to learn from the best.

    For the most part I will be hanging around the Microsoft booth in the exhibit hall. I am going to try to find my way into some of the presentations though. At one point on Saturday there are four talks I would like to hear all at the same time. I'll probably wind up trying to get into Nifty Assignments session which is one of the most popular sessions every year. There is a record of all the Nifty Assignments from previous years at http://nifty.stanford.edu/ and if you are ever looking for nifty assignments that is one of the first places to look.

    If any of you are going to be at SIGCSE this year please look me up. If I'm not at the Microsoft booth someone there should be able to help you connect. Oh and my boss will be there so if you want to say anything good or bad about me you'll have that chance as well.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    ACM Report of Globalization

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    The ACM announced last week that they were releasing a new report on globalization and the US labor market for Information Technology and Computing jobs. The report seems to put to rest the idea that there are no jobs from computing professionals. The following are a couple of interesting paragraphs from the press release.

    IT Jobs Outlook Brightens
    The study found that, despite intensifying competition, offshoring between developed and developing countries can benefit both parties. The study cited data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) which indicates that more IT jobs are available today in the U.S. than at the height of the dot com boom. This trend is evident despite a significant increase in offshoring over the past five years. In fact, U.S. IT employment in 2004 was 17% higher than in 1999, and the BLS data reveals that IT jobs are predicted to be among the fastest-growing occupations over the next decade.

    The report found that IT workers and students can improve their chances of long-term employment in IT occupations by acquiring a strong educational foundation, learning the technologies used in global software, and keeping skills up to date throughout their careers. Other steps the report deemed necessary for fostering the next generation of innovation include:

    • Sustaining or strengthening technical training and education systems
    • Sustaining or increasing investment in research and development
    • Establishing governmental policies that eliminate barriers to the free flow of talent

    Education is pretty important if the US is going to keep up with the demand for IT professionals. The full report is available here.

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