Entries Tagged as 'IT Careers'

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Summer Conference Highlights, Part 2

After some very informative Wednesday sessions, Day Two of our NC Summer Conference sessions begins with a sharing session of  great free tools and utilities for IT teachers.  We’re collecting those and  providing links and notes.
Barry Cochran kicked things off with a look at some of his favorites, including some easy-to-install freeware that helps with [...]

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Highlights from Summer Conference, Part 1

North Carolina’s CTE Summer Conference is off to a great start, with attendance far ahead of what was expected just a couple of weeks ago.  Here’s a Wednesday rundown:
Almost 20 Computer Engineering teachers attended our first Wednesday morning session to hear about curriculum updates, changes in CompTIA’s [...]

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Digital Media Students Discover New Possibilities

The ever evolving world of technology will present ongoing challenges for those of us who are already in the workforce, and new opportunities for those who are just starting their careers.  A Digital Media program that’s been in place at Middle Creek High School in Apex, NC the past few years produces a vivid picture [...]

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Great Student Projects

We’re always on the lookout for great student projects or hands-on activities that engage students in the content of these courses. Matt Rogers of the Buncombe County Career Education Center shared a very nice one with our online IT Teacher Professional Learning Community and gave me permission to post it here.  Here it is, in [...]

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Involving Students is Worth the Effort

Jim Ermert, Jr.
District Technology Coordinator, CET Instructor
Corning Public Schools, Arkansas
I have had a student administrator program for eight years now.  It is a big success story around here.  We have had several students work for the district and then go to college and get a degree.  I have some who just go out and start [...]

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Higher-Level Projects

Robin Fred
The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning
Sitting in on a new teacher training session for QTL’s Computer Engineering, I’m listening to West Montgomery High instructor Kathy Tarlton talk to our participants about teaching the content of the A+ certification based program.  
Inevitably in these trainings, the subject of higher-level projects comes up.  There’s discussion of how [...]

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

CompTIA Breakaway: Certification Changes on the Way

Robin Fred
The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning
There was a lot to learn at this year’s CompTIA Breakaway Conference in Orlando - from certification news to teaching strategies.  I was fortunate enough to attend and present QTL ideas on building a foundation for high school students seeking IT careers.  But I was most fortunate because [...]

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

CompTIA and the Need for Certification

Robin Fred
The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning
Not many people would question the need for Computer Engineering students to work toward A+ certification - or so I thought until seeing some of the responses to a survey we recently conducted on the subject.  The results so far indicate students who sit for the exams have [...]

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Changing Futures

For young Americans entering the workforce, competition is tough and getting tougher as technology and globalization change the landscape. But a segment on National Public Radio’s “Day to Day” program suggests many of those who are now beginning their careers are ready to rise to the challenge.
The segment (hear it by clicking here) focuses [...]

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Students Shine at SkillsUSA

By Robin Fred
The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning
It’s that time of year when Career and Technical Education students get a chance to shine at state competition. I had a welcome opportunity to see first-hand some of the skills being developed by the state’s best and brightest students, while coordinating the Technical Computer Applications competition [...]