Tech Trends – eLearning / Ed Tech
Coming to a School Near You
The eLearning or Educational Technology is exploding at the moment and it is easy to understand why.
The Common Core Standards Initiative is standardizing K-12 across much of the U.S. creating tons of new opportunity. “We’re at a tipping point,” says John Krull, the Information Technology Officer of the Oakland Unified School District. “It’s sort of a convergence of common core and technology. Those two things have come together to create all this demand.”
The Government initiatives on education mean money is available. Educational spending by the US government is estimated to hit a trillion dollars in 2014. The ConnectED initiative aims to get next-generation connectivity to 99% of American students within five years, Read more »
Road Map Your Resume
By Leah O’Flynn, Sales & Marketing Recruiter High Tech
Leah O’Flynn, Tech Recruiter
Strategic thinking is key in plotting the course for a great career. In order to build a fantastic resume, thought needs to be put into creating the experience and accomplishments that great companies want. Here are some things to think about:
Play the field but do so with some strategy when you are young and starting out. Avoid more than three jobs within your first five years out of college. By year five, you should have a much clearer expectation of what you want from your job, what you have to offer, and what sectors are a good fit. Read more »
Crowd Fund Investing,
Reversing the Decline in Capital Formation
Startups and Small Businesses are a critical part of our economy. They provide the majority of new jobs and salaries that are used to purchase goods (food, gas, rent), and stimulate the economy. However, Startups and Small Businesses need cash to fund their businesses and hire Americans. With the financial meltdown, the traditional means of business financing (bank loans, credit cards and venture capital) are no longer available to 98% of businesses because banks are holding on to their cash, credit card interest rates are exorbitant and private capital is only available to a select few. Without access to cash, thousands of businesses in 2011 will not start or grow and that means fewer jobs and a weaker US economy.
There is a solution. It is called crowd funding – regular Americans, choosing to invest small amounts of money in small businesses in their communities. However the SEC doesn’t allow the average American to invest at all because of regulations written almost 80 years ago. Read more »
High Tech & Clean Tech Job Trends
From 2000 to 2008, Silicon Valley high-tech industries lost more than 108,400 jobs (19.9% of their total workforce), and real wages went down by 13.5%. High-tech industries outside of Silicon Valley saw nearly 431,000 jobs losses but had a more modest 6.2-percent rate of decline in employment over the 2000–08 period Read more »