9 ways to expand computer science equity in high school

Black, Latinx and Native American students are less likely to attend a school where computer science is taught

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Almost half of U.S. high schools now teach at least one computer science course. That means, however, students at a majority of high schools don’t have access to computer science, according to a new report.

And Black, Latinx and Native American students are less likely to attend a school where computer science is taught, according to “State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities” by Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance.

Students from rural areas and economically disadvantaged backgrounds are also less likely to have a chance to take computer science.

Students in these underrepresented groups are also less likely than are white and Asian American teeens to attend a school that offers an advanced placement computer science course or to an AP test in the subject.


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And even though female students remain underrepresented in high school computer science courses, the number of students taking AP computer science exams has been growing rapidly, the report found.

Disparities would be better illuminated if schools measured disparities by determining computer science participation by students’ specific race, ethnicity and economic status, rather than by the general term “underrepresented minorities,” the report found.

The report also recommended nine policies states and districts can implement to provide equitable access to computer science:

  • Create a state plan for K–12 computer science
  • Define computer science and establish rigorous K–12 computer science standards
  • Allocate funding for rigorous computer science teacher professional learning and course support
  • Implement clear certification pathways for computer science teachers
  • Create programs at institutions of higher education to offer computer science to

Three Ways Software Development Companies Drive Digital Acceleration

As VP of Operations at BairesDev, Damián is responsible for the entire customer relations life-cycle, safeguarding the company’s operations.  

The concept of digital acceleration (clearly a child of digital transformation) has grown exponentially in the past couple of weeks. Nothing unexpected, considering the huge demand for technology solutions that the novel coronavirus pandemic generated on a worldwide scale. Nonetheless, as most businesses moved digital transformation to the top of their to-do list, many have stumbled upon the harsh reality of technology adoption: It takes crucial know-how to do it right. 

Working with software development companies has become one clear long-term solution for this dilemma. The industry knowledge, expertise and technology capabilities they bring to the table often just can’t be matched by in-house operations. And, what’s more, outsourcing IT services has proven to be a faster and more cost-effective way of developing high-quality products, even in industries as complex as healthcare. 

So, can software development companies be the answer to your digital acceleration process? Let’s answer that question by taking a look at three roles they play in this framework. 

1. Technology Discovery And Adoption

Digital transformation is a lot more than moving legacy processes into the digital realm. It requires a detailed analysis of the needs, context and opportunities of an organization and its people. Only then can you hope for some form of digital transformation. With acceleration in the mix, things are a little different. 

When time is of the essence, software development companies play a crucial role in technology discovery and adoption. Simply put, they show up knowing what’s working in the market right now and, based on your information, are able to determine whether that would work for you, too. 

In my experience, this happens a lot with artificial intelligence, cloud computing and data

11 Ways Holiday Shopping Will Be Different This Year Due To Coronavirus

It’s safe to say the 2020 holiday season will be a completely different experience. Many Americans will skip their annual trip home to visit family as a precaution against COVID-19, while others will be hoping for the Christmas miracle of a full-time job.

There will be big changes to the retail landscape, too. Whether you’re planning a scaled-back holiday or expect to celebrate the same as always, here’s what you should know about shopping and saving money through the end of the year.

1. Most People Plan To Shop Despite Financial Strain

The coronavirus pandemic has touched most everyone’s lives in some way. For many, it’s had an effect on their finances. From higher expenses related to learning and working from home, to loss of jobs and income, many Americans are facing a tougher-than-usual holiday season.

Even so, 66% of consumers say they plan to spend the same amount of money or more this holiday season to create a sense of normalcy and keep traditions alive, according to a new survey by RetailMeNot.

Amazon Prime Day is expected to be the top shopping day in Q4, with 67% of people planning to make a purchase during this event. The next most-planned shopping days, according to the survey, include Cyber Monday (65%) and Black Friday (59%).

The most popular purchases are expected to be electronics (61%), followed by clothing and accessories (52%) and shoes (33%).

2. Shopping Kicks Off Much Earlier

Amazon Prime Day, which usually takes place in July, will span two days: Oct. 13 and 14. “Prime Day will open up the holiday shopping season, setting off a cascade of holiday sales that are likely to continue through early December,” said Nathan Burrow, deals expert for Wirecutter.

This push for early holiday shopping is practical as

4 Ways The Oil Industry Must Rapidly Evolve To Survive

A common misreading of Darwinism is that only the strongest survive. Not quite. Charles Darwin argued that organisms that mutated to adapt to changing environments would, through a process of natural selection, lead to the evolution of new species. It had nothing to do with strength, but adaptability. And while the oil and gas industry has some of the world’s cleverest engineers and scientists, they don’t call it Big Oil because it’s especially good at change. We all know that if the energy sector’s cost structure does not evolve, the entire industry will end up like the prehistoric giants who provided the raw material for fossil fuels in the first place.

The good news is that there is a clear, four-step path to industry-wide cost restructuring, leading into a future where smart companies can thrive. There is between $500 billion and $1 trillion in trapped value from inefficiencies in global oil and gas upstream and downstream. Unlocking that value will put the industry on competitive footing with the future.

The bad news is that there is no option but to head down this path, and not everyone who does will make it. Right now, the oil and gas industry does not pencil out. The collapse of commodity prices in 2014 pushed the break-even points, on average, from $80/bbl to $60/bbl. It wasn’t enough, because prices never recovered fully, or for long. Market returns are in the single digits while ESG concerns are pushing investors to demand closer to 15% returns.

Meanwhile, other sources

Get ready for the iPhone 12. Here are 3 ways to prepare your phone now

It’s October, and Apple’s entering uncharted territory without having announced a new iPhone by now. Typically Apple announces new iPhone models in September, but this year, things are different. We now expect Apple to announce the iPhone 12 on Oct. 13 or Oct. 14 (here’s why). The delay isn’t really a surprise, as Apple has said this year’s release date is going to be a few weeks later than usual. 



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Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. 


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Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. 


Current rumors point to several new iPhone 12 models, maybe even an iPhone 12 Mini, with a new design (a dark blue color?), 5G connectivity and improved performance. 

With this year’s launch inching closer, it’s not too early to prepare your phone now if you plan to upgrade. Below are some steps you can, and should, take today to get ready for iPhone 12, or any new iPhone. 

Triage your apps and photos

This isn’t a fun task, I admit, but it’s a necessary one. Sit down and go through all of the apps installed on your phone, deleting the apps you no longer use. Then, go through the Photos app and delete all of the random screenshots, photos and videos you’ve held onto for no reason. 

Your iPhone will feel less cluttered and you’ll free up storage space and, in turn, reduce the amount of space you’ll need to back up your phone. Another benefit is that it will take less time to restore your new iPhone when you’re setting it up. 



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