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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

October, 2007

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    DigiGirlz Days are scheduled

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    The DigiGirlz Days schedule is out (actually I got a sneak peak - thanks Diane) and there are more of them in more places than ever before. What is a DigiGirlz Day?

    During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it's like to work at Microsoft. This exciting event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting Microsoft product demonstrations. By participating in the Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can find out about the variety of opportunities available in the high-tech industry and can explore future career paths.

    The main DigiGirlz site also includes information about week long summer programs although that schedule for this coming summer is not out yet. I'll post news here when it becomes available. Or bookmark the Digigirlz site and keep tabs on it yourself.

    And don't miss looking at Logan Olson's Video Story. Logan is a former DigiGirl who created Logan Magazine - "Fashion and lifestyle for young people with disabilities." It's an inspiring story of a young woman who is using technology to accomplish her dreams.

    Below is the list of dates and locations as I know them today. Look for more information on the ones in the UK and India in the near future.

    Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    Toronto, Canada

    Thursday, February 28, 2008

    Farmington, CT

    Friday, March 07, 2008

    Malvern, PA

    Friday, March 07, 2008

    Washington, DC

    Friday, March 07, 2008

    Denver, Colorado

    Friday, March 07, 2008

    Phoenix, Arizona

    Monday, March 10, 2008

    Waltham, Massachusetts

    Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Friday, March 14, 2008

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Thursday, March 20, 2008

    Iselin, New Jersey

    Monday, March 24, 2008

    Irvine, CA

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008

    Mountain View, CA

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008

    Islandia, NY

    Thursday, March 27, 2008

    New York, New York

    Friday, March 28, 2008

    Tampa, Florida

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Bloomington, MN

    Thursday, April 17, 2008

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Spring 2008

    Hyderabad, India

    Spring 2008

    UK

     

    [Edited on 7 Nov 2007 to change the date of the Farmington CT event.]

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    Please Help Me Understand Who Is Reading

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    I have created a very brief (five questions, multiple choice) survey to try to better understand who is reading this blog. Please take a minute or two to answer these questions for me. I'd really appreciate it!

    I am particularly interested to see if there are readers who would prefer to receive these posts as an email newsletter and if so how often.

    The survey is here.

    As always comments are welcome here or by email to AlfredTh (at) Microsoft.com

    Thanks for reading!

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    CS Degree Starting Salaries Are Up

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    Last week I posted about information that I thought guidance counselors should have about the CS/IT field. Someone said in a comment that I didn't really make the case that students should actually go into the field. On one hand I do believe, as I heard no less a luminary than Bob Metcalfe say in a talk last week, that "computer science is a liberal art." I do think that students should take it regardless of plans to enter the field. On the other hand a lot of people are unwilling to learn anything if they can't see it leading to income.

    Well thanks to a link from the CSTA blog I found an interesting article titled "CS Degree Starting Salaries are Up 15% From the Bubble" One paragraph in particular is worth highlighting - emphasis mine.

    Not only are computer science majors faring well in the job market, but starting salary offers since the bursting of the IT bubble have been about 15 percent higher than those that came before it, finds a study published in the fall 2007 issue of Salary Survey, a quarterly report published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

    There is more in the article of course but the short version is that an education in computer science can pay off quite nicely in real dollars. There are jobs and they do pay well.

    One caveat I would add though. In the CS/IT business the only constant in the field is change. So prepare yourself to be a life-long learner. A good education is the preparation you need for that.

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