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Heard: What Hacker Apprenticeships Tell Us About the Future of Education


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Aspiring code geeks rejoice. There’s new ways to get into the edtech space — and earn coding chops while at it.

While job growth in many sectors shrink, computer engineering is expected to pop 32 percent in the decade leading up to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. It’s all well and good that online tools for learning are making it easier to get in the code groove. Codecademy teaches basic javascript code. Squad Edit brings makes the coding experience social with online collaboration. Still, nothing really beats one-on-one mentors.

That’s where “hacker apprenticeships” come in. Three groups,  Chicago-based Code Academy (no relation), Dev Bootcamp near San Fransisco, and NYC-based Hacker School have started running learning centers to get aspiring coders up to speed, reports Joe Moon.

Moon reports for The Atlantic:

They offer the most direct proposition: the means and opportunity for lucrative employment. While many “ed-tech” startups are making attempts at broad innovations for education, these programs aim at a problem of narrow scope: the dearth of available, high-quality programming talent. They do this by combining the roles of recruiter and trainer and tightly aligning the incentives of everyone involved. Access to literature and materials is no longer the bottleneck for students, so they instead optimize on the new bottleneck and offer direct, personal access to an instructor, with close guidance through projects, and a community of peers and mentors.

via What Hacker Apprenticeships Tell Us About the Future of Education – Joe Moon – Technology – The Atlantic.

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