India’s tech-education woes: Is AICTE the problem itself?

A government-appointed committee, headed by IIT-Hyderabad chairperson BVR Mohan Reddy, has submitted a report to the tech-education regulator, All India Coucil for Technical Education (AICTE), recommending that no new engineering colleges be set up from 2020, and that the engineering education capacity be reviewed every two years after that. The AICTE is reportedly considering the suggestions. The 2020 cap is a sensible one given, as per The Indian Express, 51% of the 15.5 lakh BE/BTech seats in 3,921 engineering colleges didn’t find any takers in 2016-17. This means there is…

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$110 million for tech-education? Yes, please

The expense of post-secondary education combined with the difficulty of navigating career pathways are the top reasons why 60 percent of Washington students don’t earn a college degree or finish a credential by the time they turn 26. But what if students had the opportunity to choose a career path before they left high school? What if they could start training for high-demand, high-wage jobs while earning a diploma? Would a larger percentage of students find careers faster? Governor Jay Inslee says “yes.” It’s why $110 million of his $54.4 billion proposed state…

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Expo showcases Dist. 88 career, tech education opportunities

NEW ULM — The New Ulm High School held its second annual Career and Technical Education Expo Monday afternoon in the building commons. The expo allowed students to showcase the curriculum of the school’s varying CTE programs and educate their peers, as well as the community, about what these programs offer. “I think it’s really beneficial because they’re able to see some hands-on things that they could do in these particular classes,” business/computer science teacher Kayla Ruch said. “We’re very fortunate that we have so many different departments that we offer.” The…

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Woz U to Deliver Tech Education Through U North Dakota

The University of North Dakota has teamed up with for-profit training company Woz U to provide short-term technology education programs. The institution is including the courses provided by Steve Wozniak’s education company as part of its “personal & professional development” catalog. These don’t offer standard college credit. Woz U has three programs of study. Software development is the only course that can be taken online or in person at the school’s Scottsdale, AZ campus. The on-campus option lasts 12 weeks and costs $13,800. The online version is 33 weeks and $13,200. That’s the same duration…

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Tech Education As A Game Changer

From the apps changing the approaches we shop, eat and communicate, to cloud computing that can make anywhere a workplace, technology is moving at a very fast pace. Technology has become a part of our daily lives, that even small children can operate electronics easily.  Use of advanced technology in schools for teaching is also a reason for such a fast advancement in children.  We have come a long way from chalkboards to e-black boards which are constantly providing students the skills of the modern workforce. India is a developing…

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TECH EDUCATION: Pilot program encourages computer coders in Enterprise

ENTERPRISE — Huddled in a group, several students are typing away, trying to create a ghost using computer code on their laptops. The students are part of a pilot program at Enterprise High School focusing on HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Enterprise is one of 21 districts that were chosen to compete in the Computer Science for Mississippi pilot program or CS4MS for short. For the last three years, Mississippi has implemented computer science programs in 75 school districts, according to the Mississippi Department of Education. The goal of the program is to have computer…

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HOW TO CONTINUOUSLY GROW AS A TECH-SAVVY EDUCATION LEADER

Growth is essential to becoming an excellent leader in education. This growth is indispensable when it comes to major areas, like technology, especially because the information is always changing. You should be working hard to grow continuously into a more tech-savvy leader for the school. Unfortunately, many people aren’t sure where to start when it comes to becoming more educated on technology. They wind up falling behind because they didn’t prioritize learning all they could about the technology in their buildings. If you want to keep growing in your field,…

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Disrupt Harlem Code Squad Empowers Youth Through Tech Education

Diversity numbers in the tech industry remain stagnant. Despite African-Americans being one of the top demographic groups for digital consumption, when it comes to forging career paths in the tech industry there isn’t a level playing field. According to a study released by the National Urban League, at major social media and tech companies, less than five percent of employees are Black. Disrupt Harlem Code Squad—a free Harlem-based tech and entrepreneurship program—is aiming to change the status quo by empowering opportunity youth through STEM education. The program—which is an initiative led by…

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B.C. technology education program aims to shrink industry’s diversity gaps

A technology education program officially launching in the fall at the University of Victoria in British Columbia hopes to address a gap in the industry with a novel approach for students. HighTechU is a pilot program developed through the university’s computer science department in partnership with Victoria’s technology and education sectors. It aims to develop skills in enterprising Vancouver Island teens to make them more effective in the tech industry, beyond the primary coding and technical abilities needed. Andrew MacLean said he and program co-founder Dr. Ulrike Stege wanted to…

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Improving tech education doesn’t start with tech

Automation is stripping away jobs from entire industries in the United States — and the pace of job loss is accelerating. Whole segments of the population are forced to work harder for less money. Our education has been stagnating for centuries. Leaders like Alibaba CEO Jack Ma argue that we are heading for disaster if we continue to train students to compete with machines. Employers, and our society, need to train individuals for the new world of work, where automation will rule. It’s natural to assume technology will spark a massive change in the way…

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