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Technology Education: How Prepared is the Next Generation?

20 Mar

The latest statistics from Mashable indicate that 80% of children under 5 years old are using the internet at least once a week. That’s staggering! With the growth in the ways technology is creeping into our lives in every way possible the demand is growing from qualified technology professionals. My question, like yours is: What’s happening to prepare the next generation of technology professionals to meet this demand? In 5, 10, 15 years will we find our selves without the people to fill the need? I’m not sure, but that’s what we plan to find out on the next episode of Digital 411.

I’m confident that this is a don’t miss conversation on Digital 411 live 10am on TaktainmentRadio.com., Saturday March 26, 2011 (Bookmark the page!) If you’ve got questions about what’s happening in technology education, give us a call at: 1 (877) 932-9766, Tweet us @Digital411 or email us Digital411@talktainmentradio.com.

Lisa Chambers, TECH CORPS National Director and State Director (OH) (@lisachambers and @techcorps_org)

Lisa Chambers has served as the State Director of the TECH CORPS Ohio chapter since 1999. Under her

leadership, the Ohio chapter has experienced significant growth and success and her work has been recognized and

honored at the local, state and national levels.

Chambers was recently named a “Modern-day Technology Leader” by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine and in 2008 the chapter received the Technology Innovation Award in Nonprofit Service Delivery from TechColumbus. In her new role as National Director, Chambers will focus on building a national infrastructure to support the delivery of innovative technology programs to students throughout the United States.

Follow her on Twitter at: @lisachambers and @techcorps_org

Shane Haggerty, Marketing & Communication Coordinator, Hi-Point Career Center (@shanehaggerty)

Shane Haggerty is the marketing and communications coordinator for the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Shane spent three years as a middle school and high school English and journalism teacher at Crestview Local Schools in Convoy, Ohio, before working as an assistant principal and athletic director for three additional years within the same district.

He earned degrees in English education from Huntington University and in educational leadership from the University of Dayton. He returned to school full-time in 2004 and earned his master’s degree in sports marketing and PR from Xavier University, completing professional internships for Xavier University’s Athletic Media Relations Department and at Game Day Communications, a top sports and entertainment communications agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shane is currently the president-elect of the Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA).

Follow him on Twitter @shanehaggerty

Listen to Digital 411 live 10am on TaktainmentRadio.com. If you’ve got questions about what’s happening in technology education, give us a call at: 1 (877) 932-9766, Tweet us @Digital411 or email us digital411@talktainmentradio.com.

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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in communication, Digital 411, education

 

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2 responses to “Technology Education: How Prepared is the Next Generation?

  1. tlillis4

    March 24, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Nice link! And kudos to Sesame Workshop for reporting the results without making any leaps to causation or implication. Unfortunately, you fell into just that trap (insert dramatic music here).

    Just because the use of technology in our personal lives is growing it is not a given that this would lead to a demand in more technology professionals. Consumer products (if well designed) have intuitive interfaces and are simple to use. If they aren’t, then they don’t get used (think of your grandmother and the VCR). Either way, the increase in need for professional help is very small. Couple this with the trend in business towards hosted or cloud computing and suddenly, in aggregate, the demand for professionals may actually be dropping. This might be a good question to ask your guests ☺

    Oh, and since class is over I will be able to listen to your program live. I promise to behave…

     
    • Erika Pryor

      March 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Tom,
      I can get behind the potential that an increase in technology integration in our lives won’t necessarily lead to an increased demand in technology professionals; however, I’m wondering if (regardless of increase) the primary, secondary and collegiate educational systems are supporting the need for technology professionals in general? That’s the big question that we will be answering on Digital 411 this week. And I know guest co-host Shane Haggerty and Lisa Chambers will have a much better understanding of this question about technology education.

       

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