Advocacy Groups Push Coding as a Core Curriculum for Schools

A few months ago, I expressed concern that US schools weren’t focusing on Computer Science as part of their curriculum.

Today, it is good to see an article showing another call for schools to move towards teaching software coding as a part of the curriculum. This article in Government Technology Magazine discusses the growing call for schools to focus on software coding,  as lobbied by code.org.

Here are some of the giants in the industry relating why learning to code is so important -

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How to Remember More From Meetings

I love taking notes in meetings.

The only way to remember and organize meetings is to take notes – your memory can only hold so-much.

I’ve been doing this for years. Just last year I discussed the process while using a new tablet.    In You’ll Absorb More if You Take Notes in Longhand, the Harvard Business Review, it has been confirmed that taking notes by hand is 65% more effective than taking the same notes using a laptop or desktop computer.  The original work cited (paywall blocked) states that the over 300 subjects were studied to see whether taking notes for a lecture by pen or on a computer would yield better retention. Turns out that the processing of information required to write allowed for better recall of the information.

 

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Embracing Shadow IT Systems

I’ve been dealing with shadow IT systems for years.  A shadow IT system is an application or service in information technology which has been brought in by staff who are not traditionally associated with information technology.  An example might be where a sales team would replicate data to an Excel spreadsheet in order to gain reporting information. not available in the corporate ERP system. The spreadsheet then assumes the role of a critical function in forecasting and reporting.

These systems are dubbed, “shadow” because they tend to replicate functions normally supported by the IT department. Such systems include simple Office productivity applications running adjunct functions such as reporting under Microsoft Access and Excel.  The staff may also be using non-traditional applications based on the newer concept of Software as a Service.  Such software is usually accessed from a cloud provider and not supported. Another example might be a Cloud-based storage solution purchased and used by a select group of staff in Administration.

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In fact, a recent Study by VMware shows that BYOA ( bring your own application) is a new trend among the ever-growing technologically adept workforce in today’s offices.  BYOA furthers the cause of the shadow IT systems users by allowing for applications not even purchased by IT to be used within the company.  The VMware study cited another study by software company,LogMeIn, which showed increases in productivity when staff begin to adhere to this bring your own application trend.  That study discussed the growing trend of IT adopting the new applications and creating policy around these new applications in order to ensure proper security measures are applied.

Instead of fighting the trend in order to retain control, these studies conclude the the best solution is to work with the staff and adopt the new BYOA culture.  INC.com has an article showing the benefits to include the ability to increase continuity plans as a result of new equipment brought into the workplace, reducing costs for new equipment now purchased by staff, and increasing agility by allowing staff to connect and produce wherever and whenever. By adopting the BYOA philosophy, corporate IT can better ensure the security and corporate accountability can be maintained.

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