NEW IT Alliance – June Tech Upload
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Meet our New Intern - Grace Vanden Heuvel!
Grace is an incoming sophomore at Hortonville High School. In her internship she will be building on the skills she learned in her computer science class, helping support the back end of our websites, helping to update content, learning about social media, and helping build a high school ambassador program for the region.
Happy graduation to all the college and high school students who are receiving their diplomas this spring – in our household alone we had one of each! As the Oshkosh North High School speaker said, “Do not think of receiving your diploma as the end of a journey, but instead look at it as a ticket to your future…whether you are continuing on for education or entering the workforce.” This ties in beautifully with the focus for this year’s NEW IT Alliance’s focus for the coming school year…Career Pathways. We will be kicking things off at our Digital Learning Opportunities report out event on June 13 at Lambeau Field. The annual Digital Learning Opportunities survey explores what opportunities are available for students in kindergarten through high school, both inside and outside of the classroom, to gain exposure to IT concepts. Exposure can occur via hour of code activities, robotics clubs, as well as more formalized computer science classes. The survey also asks school districts for their input on challenges they face in increasing digital learning opportunities for students.
The NEW IT Alliance is using the data to track regional progress toward preparing our youth for a digital workplace. Survey results, along with input from the NEW CS Advisory Board will be used to inform initiatives moving forward. Last year’s Advisory Board meetings focused on mapping and growing classroom opportunities in IT. This year’s focus will be on Career Pathways that show the various activities that build from middle school into an IT career. Elements of this include educating counselors and parents on IT careers, increasing visibility to college programs, and growing the number of employment and exposure opportunities for youth in the form of job shadows, co-ops, and youth apprenticeships. Panelists at the Digital Learning Opportunities event will share their experiences and importance of implementing and participating in IT related youth work opportunities and clubs. This event is geared towards IT professionals, K-12 teachers and administrators, as well as higher ed to help spark a regional conversation. Join us on June 13 to learn more!
Career Pathways Events
This summer and into the fall, the NEW IT Alliance will be continuing to build on the Career Pathways theme with our many events, including:
- July 23: Northeast Wisconsin Collaborative Intern Event – members only
- Aug 22: Cyber Security Event – open to the public
- Sep 26: TechTalent Summit – members only
- Nov 21: NEW Connect IT event – open to the public
More information is, as always, available on our events page.
Summer activities are also part of Career Pathways! Check out all the wonderful events going on this summer:
- THAT Conference in Wisconsin Dells
- Summer camps for kids
- 2019 NSA/NSF GenCyber summer camp for teachers
Summer Reading List
With two graduations, a wedding, and a 25th anniversary to plan and celebrate this summer my reading list is a little shorter than usual. I like to read a variety of genres and explore new ideas. Here are a few of the books I’m currently working on or hope to get through before school starts in September. What’s on your list?
Summer reading list:
- Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy
- Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
- The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its role in society
- Brave, Not Perfect
- Queen of Scots: True Life of Mary Stuart
- The Book Thief