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How much can you make if you know a certain programming language?

Here is cool article on what it pays if you know how to program in a particular language.


It seems students always want to know which languages they need to learn and why.
This will definitely provide some of that information.


Best Paying Interships

Computer Science students looking for summer internships are in good shape per the stats from Glassdoor.com.  Check out the blog post

I had a great conversation with my high school comp sci students about this information.  They could not believe how much these internships were paying.   This was exactly the information that some of my students needed to get motivated to start writing more code.

Tech Jobs Without a Degree

There is quite a bit of buzz right now about all of the open tech jobs.  Many articles are being written about the job openings and what is needed to get one.  USA Today recently posted a nice article about all of this.  Some of these high paying jobs that do not require a degree.

Texas recently passed HB5 which cuts down on mandatory graduation requirements and testing in order to give students options for graduation.  One of the options allows for students to take Computer Science for 2 years in place of other graduation requirements.  Texas recognizes the job demand in the tech field and they are attempting to give students more flexibility to start working towards those careers while in high school.

Interest and Determination Lead to Success in IT

Having taught Computer Science for almost 20 years and worked in and around the field in various roles, I have come to realize that interest in the subject and determination are more often than not the best measures of success.  A friend sent me a link to the following article that echoes some of those same thoughts.
I have quite a few friends in IT with no degrees that were so interested in Computer Science in high school that they did poorly in other subjects.  They are amazing at what they do because they are so focused on what they love.  I see these same students in my class.  These students struggle in others subjects because they just do not care about anything else.
We need to do a better job of encouraging these students to keep doing it their way and realize that will be super successful.  Hopefully, they will get a degree, but if not, they have a bright future ahead regardless as the demand for their skeelz is very high.

Sofware Developer Demand Growing

The demand for Software Developers will continue to grow and increase 22% by 2020.  I hope my students are listening and reading all of these articles I keep posting.

HP CodeWars is just around the corner.  It should be a good time.  My students have done very well over the last 3 years and we hope to keep that trend going in 2013.  If you are not near a HP CodeWars location, consider hosting your own high school programming contest.  Students love to crank code in a contest setting.

CS Skills in Manufacturing

CS Skills in Manufacturing

I plan to share this article with my Computer Science classes on Monday.  The article discusses the need for workers with CS related high tech skills, but yet also shows that some of these jobs are not paying much considering what all is required to get the job.  The skill set needed for some of these jobs is quite high, but the pay is quite low.

AP Computer Science SIs – return;

All 3 of my AP SIs have concluded.  I had a great time at all 3 stops and look forward to doing a few summer institutes again next year.

This year, I started each SI with Scratch and Jeroo on the first day and then moved on to GridWorld and lots of Java.  I spent considerable time on arrays and ArrayLists as those topics constitute a huge part of the exam.  We worked with arrays and lists using graphics, games, and cross-curricular focused projects.

Time was spent discussing ways to show students how important Computer Science skills all to other disciplines and to students considering a degree other than Computer Science.  We read articles each day, like the ones I post here on this blog and discussed the relevance of talking about articles in class.

I just received a link to a great article about Stanford Computer Science and the changes they have made.  It is a great article and makes me feel great about many of the changes I have made to my curriculum over the last 3 or 4 years.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!