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Resources for CS Teachers and Students. Kip Irvine FIU Tapestry Workshop, July 2013. Overview. Career Advice for Students NCWIT CSTA ACM Inspirational Sites Online Learning. What should career counselors be telling students?. Mapping Degrees to Jobs. BS Computer Science - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Resources for CS Teachers and StudentsKip IrvineFIU Tapestry Workshop, July 2013

OverviewCareer Advice for StudentsNCWITCSTAACMInspirational SitesOnline LearningBe sure to join the tapestry facebook page.2What should career counselors be telling students?Mapping Degrees to JobsBS Computer ScienceSoftware engineer, software test developerPathway to CS researchBachelors Degree in ITNetwork engineer, web/mobile developer, database admin, system admin, software test developer, information securityBS Management Information SystemsSystems Analyst, IT Managermost technicalleasttechnical4Applications Software DeveloperBLS says employment of software developers will grow 30% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. (271,000 more jobs)2012 median pay was $93,280 per yearRequires a B.S. in Computer ScienceCan lead to a graduate research or teaching degree5What do software developers create?Interactive, database-driven Web sitesMobile apps (enterprise)Business applicationsLarge scale designs (software architects)Research-oriented softwareAutomated testsGames and digital animation

Network & Computer Systems Administrator (IT)Average pay $76,320 28% job growth, 2010-2020Required education: Bachelor degree in Information Technology, or Associate degree with Industry experienceAbility to analyze complex software interactions, understand security weaknesses, manage other people

7Computer Support Specialists (IT)Average pay $50,130 18% job growth, 2010-2020Required education: Certification, Associate degree, or Bachelor degree in information technologyGood problem solvers, occasional coding (scripting), good customer skills

8New Career!User Experience Designer

Understanding users needs, expectations, and motivationsHelping users learn to be productive and reach their goalsHaving fun!Create beautiful, yet functional designsRole models:Debra Davis, Lauren Martin (Ultimate Software)

National Center for Women in Technology(NCWIT) Works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance.

NCWIT ProgramsAspirations in ComputingRegional Celebrations of Women in ComputingCounselors for Computingwebinar, talking points, EdJobsMap (link)Heroes campaignmagazine-style audio interviewsRegional celebrations of womens computing. Within a days travel. by ACM-W)

NCWIT Heroes are women innovators from startups, small companies, and non-profits, whose ideas and products are changing the way we think, work, play, and communicate. Listen as these successful, creative, and technical women discuss their lives and their work how they first get involved with technology, why they chose to be entrepreneurs, and what advice they would give to young people interested in IT or entrepreneurship.

Lucy Sanders, President of NCWIT, interviews women entrepreneurs.

11Aspirations in ComputingMission: increase female participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internshipsHigh school students, selected for their computing-related achievements and interests.academic history, plans for education, IT aptitude, leadershiplocal and nationalOpportunities for you:application reviewer, affliliate award host, committee member, or speaker

Partnerships with universities.Awards for educators!When selecting applicants, they look at factors such as:

What have you done with the opportunities you have, or what would you like to do?Are you part of an under-represented minority?

12Aspirations in Computing Educator AwardTo identify outstanding educators who play a pivotal role in helping to encourage the young women to continue exploring their interest in computing and technologySelected from the educators who endorse Aspirations Award applicants

Innovation GrantsCurriculum Standards K-12Professional developmentAnnual ConferenceIndustry certificationTeacher workshopsAdvocacy tools and activitiesfor the new CS Principles CourseCSEdWeek conferenceSalon: Sourcing the C in STEM: Making the Critical Connection Between Computer Science Education and Jobs (go to time 08:00)

14Looking for Inspiration

readwrite.comRole Models ( models in industry, government and education.Tutorials for the classroomCodeHS is a computing class in a BoxCS Unplugged curriculum (binary search demo)

Who likes coding? features prominent leaders of education, government, and industry who believe everyone should learn to write at least a little code.

16Free Online CoursesCourseraComputer Science 101 by NickParlante, Stanford (many advanced courses, specific dates) take the CS 101 course anytimeKhan Academy ('s Python (Learning Python)

Skills practice problems in Java and Python

Computer Science Principles CourseCS PrinciplesProposed AP course and examFive pilot sites selectedRecruitment forcuses on minority and female student enrollment increase computational skills and thinking across STEM fields; create a more competitive workforce2008: National Science Foundatin conference "Computational Thinking and Fluency in the 21st century"

19CS PrinciplesCentral themescreative nature of computinguse of technology for solving computational problems. Focus on people and society, not just machines and systemsImplementing the coursesnovel content and engaging pedagogyopportunties to communicate and collaborate

CS Principles Central Themes:

1. Creative nature of computing and computer science (artifacts, simulations, iteratiive processes)Students should create projects that they can show to their friends and family. Use simulations to understand mathematical and scientific processes. Iteratively work through successive solutions to a problem.

2. Use of technology for solving computational problems. Programming with multiple languages and tools.Avoid teaching a programming language for its own sakefind a problem, and learn just enough of the language to accomplish your goal.

3. Focus on people and society, not just machines and systems

20UC Berkeley ( Science Principles pilot course6-week summer course for teachers, $1K stipendFor non-CS majors at the high school junior through undergraduate freshman level. SNAP! language (based on Scratch)Big ideas of computing (abstraction, design, recursion, concurrency, simulations)Relevance to society, digital privacy, security, legal issuesfree online book: Blown to Bits

What you Can DoAsk your students (and parents) to watch the videosEducate your school career counselors about the types of computer software jobsshow them the NCWIT Counselors in ComputingPartner with a university in your area to establish a local NCWIT Aspirations in Computing awardencourage your female students to applyJoin CSTA and learn about their curriculum guidelinesEncourage all your students to try one of the online intro to CS courses


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