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Teaching Software Development - Darrell Silver from Thinkful

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500,000 job openings in software development but no one to fill them. How do we teach code in an effective way? TechSummit Puerto Rico presentation

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Teaching Software Development - Darrell Silver from Thinkful

  1. 1. Software engineering school @darrellsilver
  2. 2. Why we exist Student debt 2.5x in 20 years
  3. 3. Why we exist Un- and under- employment above 10%
  4. 4. 500,000 Current job openings in technical fields, but no one to fill them. Why we exist
  5. 5. Lifelong learning “I expect to have a new career every 10 years” Why we exist
  6. 6. ● Like vocational schools but for white collar jobs. ● Promise a job within a year ● Tuition paid within a year or two of increased salary of a new career A new trend toward ROI-based education
  7. 7. How Thinkful teaches Feedback and support 1-on-1 Technology keeps you on pace & connected Build real projects
  8. 8. Thinkful mentors ● Founded in 2012 ● 350+ mentors ● 7,000 students
  9. 9. Thinkful students Average age: 30
  10. 10. Thinkful students Employed while enrolled
  11. 11. Why we teach 1-on-1 Remember more & learn faster
  12. 12. When we started We assumed these would be hard We assumed these would be easy ✓ Finding mentors ✓ Competing with algos ✓ Competing with in- person schools ✓ Building curriculum ✓ Hiring for empathy ✓ Is it working???
  13. 13. 1. Sharing knowledge with others 2. Improve skills through teaching 3. Gain experience as a teacher 4. Watching your students succeed 5. … 6. … 7. Earn money Why mentors do it
  14. 14. Thinkful mentors are successful
  15. 15. The future of higher education Slowing Growing ✓ 4 years for a BA (and $$$) ✓ School then career ✓ Student debt from government ✓ 2 or 3 years; less $$ ✓ Lifelong learning ✓ Companies pay for better training
  16. 16. Who pays?? 1.Companies 2.Government loans 3.Prices go down 4.Childhood ed make us The future of bootcamps
  17. 17. Similar to Thinkful
  18. 18. Software engineering school @darrellsilver

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