The Workplace of Today Is Not What It Was 35 Years ago. Computational Thinking Is the New Basic Requirement

The workplace of today Is not what it was 35 years ago. Computational thinking Is the new basic requirement plus four more stories of the day.

by / April 9, 2018 0

1. The workplace of today Is not what it was 35 years ago. Computational thinking Is the new basic requirement. Reading and math literacy are still fundamental. But now students must also have a deeper understanding of the language of computers, mixed with the ability to problem-solve and adapt. In fact, “A Nation at Risk” laid out five “new basics,” including computer science coursework, necessary for the success for America’s students. What was true in 1983 is even more so today. By learning to code, students learn a process to form a problem statement and express a solution ready-made for people or computers. Computer scientist and professor Jeannette Wing calls this “computational thinking.”

2. Psych! Colleges teach phishing lessons by targeting their own. When Ohio State University did its first student-focused phishing in January — a strategy also used in the corporate world — over 18 percent of the recipients clicked through. The University of Alabama at Birmingham's employee-focused phishing awareness campaign snagged over 7,000 people in March, or about a quarter of the recipients.

3. College sees fewer sign up for tech classes. Years of declining enrollment for some programs at Western Colorado Community College is leading administrators and professors to examine new options to boost interest in career and technical education programs.

4. Granite Geek: SNHU experiments with handing out degrees via blockchain. Southern New Hampshire University is making blockchain-enabled credentials, including associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, available to 1,000 past graduates in a pilot project to determine how to shift college credentials to the online ledger. “In some ways this is piloting what a modern transcript would be: digital, portable, owned by the student, can be verified using the encrypted assets. Employers ... don’t need to call up SNHU and verify that information, it’s self-verified,” said Colin Van Ostern, the school’s vice-president of Workforce Initiatives, who has been spearheading the project.

5. DCSS to purchase nearly $800k in new technology. Nearly $800,000 in new technology is on its way to some Dougherty County Schools. Over the last several weeks, the school system received grants from the Georgia Department of Education and other donors to buy new equipment.

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Susan Gentz Contributing Writer
Susan is passionate about transforming education for every student and works on content for the Center for Digital Education. She loves policy, running and biking, and is a proud Iowa native.