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Oracle Academy was pleased to host its first ever Code Java Together event in November for 350 students and teachers in Bangalore, India. During this one day event, young adults from high schools and engineering colleges in Bangalore were brought together to learn how to code using the fundamentals of Java–a coding platform used by more than 9 million developers worldwide–to create games in Greenfoot. Developed by the University of Kent, Greenfoot is an interactive Java development environment that teaches students Java with the creation of visual and interactive games, simulations and other graphical programs.
“Code Java Together” events teach programming to students in a fun way. Oracle Academy believes learning computer science fosters innovation and creativity and develops essential problem solving skills that will benefit students regardless of their ultimate career choice.
Amit Prakash, Consulting Faculty and Convener, Centre for IT and Public Policy (CITAPP), International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B), joined the Code Java Together event to present his “IT and Society” lecture. It is his hope that students are innovative thinkers of the future. He encouraged them to use their IT skills to have an impact on society.
Students and teachers were on their way to being able to do just that, as they carried home their experiences with Oracle Academy and Greenfoot, ready to continue to learn Java and further advance their computer science knowledge.
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ICT Academy of Kerala (ICTAK) and Oracle Academy have agreed to work together to help 6,000 students advance their computer science skills and create pathways to future IT careers. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that initiates the integration of Oracle Academy’s computer science programs across the state of Kerala, India.
As part of this agreement, 60 institutions will benefit from Oracle Academy software, curriculum, hosted technology, and certification resources. These offerings are expected to be made available to students and faculty.
Additionally, Oracle Academy will take 120 faculty members through a “Train the Trainer” course to enhance their ability to educate students on computer science principles, practices and development environments, including problem solving, computational thinking, algorithms, Greenfoot, Java fundamentals and programming, database design, and programming with SQL and PL/SQL. Implementation will take place over the next two years.
“Oracle Academy has been dedicated in our mission to extend the reach of computer science education to students across the world, including in India,” said Krishna Sistla, Senior Director, Oracle Academy, Oracle Asia Pacific and Japan. “Access to good computer science education is a defining 21st century social issue, and with the help of Oracle Academy’s programs, students of Kerala can enhance their knowledge and build relevant industry expertise for job opportunities in the field of Information Technology and other industries that benefits from IT.”
On October 18, Oracle Academy was pleased to sponsor Collegiate Pathways’ 3nd Annual Tech Sassy Girlz™ STEM Conference in Orlando, Florida which provided 80 middle and high school girls with an opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations, attend workshops, and learn about different careers in STEM.
“Getting Started with Java Using Alice,” presented by Oracle Academy volunteers, generated great excitement among participants. The students were fascinated by creating their own animation while learning Java programming. For many, it was their first experience with computer science concepts.
Collegiate Pathways, Inc. is a Central Florida-based non-profit organization established to serve low-income, first generation, and underrepresented middle and high school students. Tech Sassy Girlz is Collegiate Pathways’ signature program, providing girls exposure and access to fields and careers in technology.
“Oracle Academy is dedicated to partnering with educators and institutions to increase diversity and innovation in technology fields. Conferences like this one enable us to build creativity and excitement with students to develop technology using student-friendly Java programming interfaces,” said Alison Derbenwick Miller, Vice President, Oracle Academy.
Oracle Academy joined forces with the scientific committee responsible for organizing the 10th Reasoning Web Summer School and became one of the sponsors of the summer school. More than 60 students–post graduates, PhD and Masters candidates–as well as teachers, from 45 countries attended the summer school in Athens, Greece, from September 8-13, 2014 to learn more about the hot issue of Big Data.
Reasoning Web Summer School programs reflect the industrial reality and introduce students to recent advances in Semantic Web, Linked Data and the fundamentals of reasoning techniques. “Reasoning on the Web in the Big Data Era” was the central theme for this year’s lecture program, which focused on the constant influx of new technologies and platforms, and the emergence of enabling technologies such as cloud solutions for data management. The program introduced students to recent advances in Big Data and the knowledge discovery techniques that work on Terrabytes or Petabytes.
Guest lecturer George Bourmas, XLOB Enterprise Architect, Oracle EMEA, presented Oracle’s approach and solutions on Big Data giving them inspirational insight into one of the most innovative and creative areas in computing.
IT Planet Olympiad, Russia
For the sixth year, Oracle supported the IT Planet Olympiad competition in Russia. This year, together with Oracle Platinum Partner FORS, Oracle Academy Russia hosted the “Oracle Database Programming with SQL” contest. 11,820 participants from 792 educational institutions participated in IT Planet competitions this year.
Yana Voitovich, Udmurt State University, is the first female student to win this competition.
Austrian Faculty Members Learn Data Modeling and Relational Database Design
Austrian faculty members attended a 4-day course at HTL3 Rennweg in Vienna, January 12–15, 2015. Oracle Academy instructors presented courses on Data Modeling and Relational Database Design. Dr. Ute-Maria Oberreiter, educator at BHAK and BHAS Wien 10, said, “We enjoyed sharing ideas about how to use the software and course content in our classes.”
Ethiopia Ministry of Education committed to developing ICT skills
The Ministry of Education Ethiopia has signed an Oracle Academy agreement that will give 31 public universities access to a complete portfolio of software, curriculum, faculty training and support, and certification resources for teaching purposes. On October 27, 2014, the program began by inviting the first set of faculty to receive training in Java Fundamentals, Database Design and SQL programming.
Pan-Hellenic Conference “Education in the ICT Era”
Oracle Academy sponsored the Pan-Hellenic Conference, Education in the ICT Era on November 22-23, 2014, in Athens, Greece. The educational conference–free to all participants–addressed more than 700 primary and secondary school teachers to encourage enhancing the learning process with the use of ICT in their classrooms.
Oracle Academy’s Jane Richardson Is On Site at the e-Skills for Jobs 2014 Conference in Rome, Italy. Watch the video: e-Skills - Making a Career with Digital Technologies (YouTube)
On November 19, 2014, Oracle Academy Netherlands sponsored the I&I Conference. 250 people benefited from the Oracle Academy Alice workshop. I&I is a union for computer science teachers and ICT coordinators in secondary and higher education.
Women into IT Initiatives
On November 8, 2014, Oracle Academy Romania partnered with the Oracle Women”s Leadership (OWL) team to host “Women into IT Initiatives.” The team presented an Alice workshop to 24 girls from a local high school.
Java Programming Training
In October, 2014, Oracle Academy held a five day Java programming class for 22 teachers from 15 institutes. Dr. Twabagira Barnabe, Principal, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC-SOUTH), launched the event. The participating institutes will embed Oracle Academy Introduction to Computer Science curriculum (Java programming) into their degree programs, helping to maximize students” academic opportunities.
Oracle Academy Day
Oracle Academy Day in Ankara, Turkey was held on October 15, 2014. Oracle Academy members enjoyed hearing about the latest Oracle Database, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Java technologies directly from the Oracle experts. Participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with fellow members.
Congratulations to Oracle Academy China
On December 6, 2014, Oracle Academy China was awarded the Industry-University-Research Creative Award during the Industry-University-Research Conference in Ningbo, China. The School of Software Technology of Zhejiang University recognized Oracle Academy China team for their hard work and diligence to cultivate and grow their relationship with SST of ZIU.
On October 18, 2014, Oracle Academy collaborated with Startup Village to host a Greenfoot Workshop for 81 students from 10 different colleges at Sree Narayana Gurukulam Engineering College, Kochi, Kerala. The session taught students how to develop games using Greenfoot and to create interactive Java applications.
Watch their video: SV Oracle GreenFoot Student Workshop
Alice Training for Abhyudaya Kids
60 underprivileged students from Abhyudaya, a not-for-profit organization, took part in a one day Alice workshop on November 23, 2014, at the S P Jain Insititute of Management & Research, Mumbai. The Abhyudaya team shared their thoughts on the day, stating the students participated wholeheartedly in the interactive workshops and enjoyed creating the animations.
Teach for India Mentors Receive Alice Training
An Alice workshop was held for the mentors of Teach for India in Mumbai on November 22, 2014. The mentors will use Alice to develop their lessons plans and make learning to code more interesting and fun for their students. Teach for India, is a nationwide movement of college graduates and professionals working to eliminate educational inequity in India.
Java for Students
JAPIASat Shibaura Institute of Technology KASHIWA Senior High School invited Oracle Academy to host a Java for Students training for 17 secondary school students and 4 teachers. The training was conducted with the help of Java developers from Oracle Japan.
Krishna Sistla, Senior Director Oracle Academy presented “Internationalizing the Curriculum,” a lecture aimed at educating global citizens, during the QS Apple 2014 conference in Taipei, Taiwan. He shared findings from his paper, “Technology-Based Curriculum Delivery in Tertiary Education to Build Global Citizens,” and spoke to the importance of the education sector, government and technology industry working together to build global citizens.
Third Annual Oracle INACAP Day
More than 100 students traveled from different regions throughout Chile to join Oracle Academy for the third annual Oracle INACAP Day. The event brings students, teachers and directors of computer and telecommunications companies together to learn about the benefits and opportunities Oracle Academy gives to the INACAP institutions nationwide. Participants take part in practical workshops, and learn about potential computer science careers and the resources and benefits available through the Oracle Academy program.
On November 21, 2014, Catholic University - Sapientiae Venue in Lima invited Oracle Academy to participate in their Engineering Week. During the event, Oracle Academy presented the latest information about Cloud engineering to more than 70 students and faculty members from the systems engineering department.
Oracle Academy partners with Texas organizations to teach Java
Oracle Academy, Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) at UT Austin, and Texas Computer Education Association connected to train 40 teachers in Java Fundamentals and Java Programming through the Oracle Academy Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) program. The teachers successfully completed the Java Fundamentals course and will move on to Java Programming in February. To help teachers through the program, TRC is conducting face-to face sessions between the courses to offer teachers the opportunity to network and learn other essential skills.
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