Friday, April 25, 2008

Links and Resources: April 25, 2008

Some light reading for your weekend:
  • Arkansas school has 11-year old IT department. Let me rephrase that, an Arkansas school's IT department is an 11-year old. Jon Penn took over the IT role when the last admin disappeared suddenly and the job went to the school's librarian, Jon's mom. I first read about this at Engadget, but I like the Network World article better because of the 8 minute podcast interview. And before you use this to highlight your student's shortcomings (as compared to an 11-year old), ask yourself whether Jon would be allowed this non-traditional learning opportunity at your school or district. Yeah, I didn't think so.
  • Workforce readiness crisis. This article from November of 2006 highlights the findings of a study called The Workforce Readiness Report Card. The key take-away is the 21st century skill set that business thinks are important, and lacking, for students to bring to the workforce. What I find interesting is that the business skill set for the future looks an awful lot like a well-rounded education.
I get a email digest of tech career news from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) every couple of weeks. I think you can get it, even if you aren't an ACM member, by going here. The following links came from the most recent ACM CareerNews Alert.
Where can I sign up to become a Gen Y?

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