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I created this group to be place where people, like myself, who work for Departments and Ministries of Education can get together and have frank conversations about education matters.

Too often these conversations happen at conferences which are few are far between. hopefully we can get some good discussion going.

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Comment by Henry Brown on September 5, 2013 at 9:39am

NSA Announces Four New Schools for Cyber Initiative

Four new schools have been selected for the National Security Agency's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program, which was designed to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals in an ever-changing global environment.

After a rigorous application and screening process, NSA selected the following schools to receive the CAE-Cyber Operations designation for the 2013-2014 academic year:

    Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio;
    Auburn University, Alabama;
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania;
    Mississippi State University.

The program, which now has a total of eight schools, complements more than 100 existing centers of academic excellence (CAEs) in research and information assurance education - jointly overseen by NSA and the Department of Homeland Security.

An outgrowth of the President's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, the program identifies institutions that have a deeply technical, interdisciplinary curriculum centered on fields such as computer science and electrical engineering. The agency has long worked with schools to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Comment by Henry Brown on September 5, 2013 at 9:14am

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest to some AND perhaps could use some further distribution

Title Facebook and Public Education

Comment by Henry Brown on May 15, 2013 at 5:29am

IMO way cool.... Obviously it works... wonder why this is NOT expanded!

From ACM News:

Unique School For Coders: Tuition-Free – Until You’re Hired

Stephanie Shupe had been a civil engineer for two years before she decided her heart was not really in it and what she really wanted to be was a programmer. She quit her job last May, moved from Austin to San Francisco, and began an intensive nine-week, 45-hours-a-week coding course at a programming bootcamp called App Academy. Three months later, she had a job as an iOS developer at Lookout Mobile Security.

Luckily for App Academy graduates like Shupe, while the job market is still reeling from the effects of a bleak economy, software developers -- especially those in the mobile space -- are in high demand. Luckier still, App Academy stands behind the ability of its students to find jobs – if you cannot find one within a year, tuition is free. Grads pay 15% of their first year's gross salary when and if they find a job as a programmer. So far, every grad but one has needed to pay up, having found positions within an average 4-5 weeks.

That is a good deal for both the students and the Academy. Today, the average starting salary for programmers is about $83,000, which means the school earns over $12,000 every time a grad is hired. The school makes a very aggressive placement effort, introducing grads to partner companies and holding a Hiring Day on the last day of class to attract prospective employers.

Comment by Henry Brown on May 13, 2013 at 3:21pm

Have posted a discussion which COULD be of some interest to some

Title Game-based Learning

Comment by Henry Brown on December 14, 2012 at 7:12am

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest/value to some

Title: MOOC Workshop

Participants will explore and delineate computer science and multidisciplinary research agendas designed to improve formal and informal education

Comment by Henry Brown on December 12, 2012 at 7:06am

TED Video:

Although rather dated (2006) sure wouldn't hurt for some further wider distribution....

Title:  The call to learn

Clifford Stoll captivates his audience with a wildly energetic sprinkling of anecdotes, observations, asides -- and even a science experiment. After all, by his own definition, he's a scientist: "Once I do something, I want to do something else."

Comment by Henry Brown on December 10, 2012 at 6:31am

IMO Interesting quote from KQED Mind Shift blog:
“That’s because in the US, an undergraduate education used to be an option, one way to get into the middle class. Now it’s a hostage situation, required to avoid falling out of it. And if some of the hostages having trouble coming up with the ransom conclude that our current system is a completely terrible idea, then learning will come unbundled from the pursuit of a degree just as as songs came unbundled from CDs. If this happens, Harvard will be fine. Yale will be fine, and Stanford, and Swarthmore, and Duke. But Bridgerland Applied Technology College? Maybe not fine. University of Arkansas at Little Rock? Maybe not fine. And Kaplan College, a more reliable producer of debt than education? Definitely not fine.


Comment by Henry Brown on December 2, 2012 at 8:30am

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest/value to some:

Title: Resistance to MOOC's

Comment by Henry Brown on November 30, 2012 at 7:50am

Have posted a discussion which could/should be of some interest/value to some.

TItle MOOC's and the Future of Higher Education

Comment by Henry Brown on November 24, 2012 at 6:56am

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest/value to some!

Title: Executive Education


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