Oracle Academy News

This issue: March, 2014

“Ask the Oracle Experts” Webcast Series Launches

In February, Oracle Academy launched an exciting new interactive webcast/podcast series for students and faculty called “Ask the Oracle Experts.” With events on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of every month, this series allows Academy members to submit questions on a variety of topics and hear answers directly from Oracle experts. The next live webcast, on March 12, will feature Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle Executive Vice President, Database Server Technologies, talking about the role and relevance of databases in the modern computing environment. Register today!

Resource Corner

In the Spotlight: Oracle Press Discounts and Resources

As an Oracle Academy member, you have exclusive access to discounts and resources from Oracle Press. Don’t miss out on books and eBooks published by McGraw-Hill covering a variety of Oracle and Java-related subjects at a 50% discount, and a wealth of free resources including sample chapters, author podcasts, and informational videos from the Oracle Press community. You may even contact the author of a textbook to ask questions.

To place an order as an Oracle Academy faculty or student member for an Oracle Press book with your discount, sign in to the Oracle Academy website and click on “Member Resources.” If you are an Oracle Academy faculty member, you also may request a free desk copy of a textbook in order to evaluate the book for adoption. Please email your requests to Oracle Press.

Oracle Academy teacher training events on database and Java are happening now around the world.  Check our Events Calendar to see what is happening in your area!

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Greenfoot Self-Study Curriculum Now Available

The Oracle Academy Getting Started with Java Using Greenfoot self-study course is now available on the Oracle Academy web site.  Designed for anyone aged 12 or older, this self-paced, online, free course teaches users to create games, simulations, and other graphical programs using basic Java programming.

Java IoT Developer Challenge Underway

Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to take part in the Java Internet of Things Developer Challenge, sponsored by the Oracle Java team and Oracle Academy!

Are you fascinated with traffic lights, video game consoles, or your cell phone? Do you want to put your Java programming skills up against the best programmers in the world? Do you want to expand your knowledge of Java and Java Embedded skills? Whether you are a faculty member or a student, this global competition provides opportunities to do these things and more. Training sessions and other resources are available to help you develop your skills for the competition. The first place student winner will receive a trip to JavaOne 2014 in San Francisco, California, including hotel and airfare (up to a US$2000 value). For complete rules and submission requirements visit www.Java.net/challenge.


Java Programming Competition in Romania Happening Now

Oracle Academy, in collaboration with Junior Achievement Romania, is sponsoring the first national Java programming competition in Romania. The Smart Java Solutions for the Benefit of Our Community contest opened on January 10, 2014, and challenges contestants to develop bright, efficient, interactive Java applications that will improve lives in their communities. The contest offers an exceptional opportunity for students 18 and older to practice and expand their Java skills, win outstanding awards, and start to create a personal portfolio to support their future careers. The competition remains open until March 25. Don’t miss this one!

Oracle Academy Leads Alice Translation into Arabic

Oracle Academy is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of a year-long project to translate Alice into Arabic. Oracle Academy and Carnegie Mellon worked together to organize students from Hashemite University, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, and Philadelphia University in Jordan to manage the translation of the introductory programming tool to help bring opportunities to learn Java programming skills to Arabic-speaking students. At a ceremony in February in Jordan, participating university faculty members were recognized and students who created the translations were presented with certificates of achievement from Oracle Academy and Carnegie Mellon. Certificates were presented by Oracle Jordan country leader Raed Harafat.

Oracle Academy and CSTA Support CSEdWeek 2013

Oracle Academy and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) joined forces in December with the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado, and local sponsors to host a student hackathon and awards event to celebrate Computer Science Education Week 2013. Students from schools across Colorado were invited to participate in an 18-hour hackathon event, competing for $5000 in cash and prizes. The awards event included speakers from Oracle Academy, CSTA, St. Vrain Valley School District, the University of Colorado at Boulder, state and federal government officials, and more, and featured a fun video welcome for students and parents by U.S. Congressman Jared Polis.
Oracle Academy Available in 13 TVTC Colleges in Saudi Arabia

Oracle Academy has been implemented successfully in 13 technical colleges in the Technical and Vocational Training Company (TVTC) network in Saudi Arabia. The colleges which offer 2-year diploma certificates have embedded Oracle Academy Database Design and Programming with SQL and Java Programming courses into their curricula. To celebrate and recognize this success, Oracle Academy was hosted by the Ministry of Education and TVTC in February at the International Exhibition and Forum for Education (IEFE 2014) where we delivered Alice and Greenfoot tutorials to young students interested in making animations or games.
Oracle Academy Delivers Inaugural All-Virtual Training in the Middle East

Oracle Academy recently delivered an all-virtual training course in the Middle East for the first time to more than 40 teachers, lecturers, and students from cities across Saudi Arabia. Small groups of attendees gathered in their local schools to participate simultaneously in live, online sessions led by a Scotland-based instructor. The three-week program provided training on Alice, a free platform from Carnegie Mellon University designed to teach students object-oriented programming by engaging them in something fun – making 3-D animated movies and games. Alice is also incorporated into Oracle Academy’s Java Fundamentals course.
Academy Recognized as Key Contributor to the EU Grand Coalition

Oracle Academy was recognized at the DAVOS World Economic forum in January as a key contributor to the European Union Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs under the strand of Innovative Learning and Teaching. The citation was presented by EU President Jose Barroso and Vice President Neelie Kroes. Individual EU member states are now creating national coalitions under the umbrella of the Grand Coalition, and Oracle Academy is involved in a local coalition in Greece to support computer science education in that country.
Oracle Academy Open Day Held in Bulgaria

The first Bulgarian Oracle Academy Open Day was held on November 14, 2013. Hosted at the Oracle office in Sofia, the event featured a keynote presentation by Gergana Passy, the European Union Digital Champion of Bulgaria and President of PanEurope Bulgaria. More than 60 ICT teachers, professors, curriculum directors, as well as deans from all colleges and universities in Bulgaria, participated in interactive sessions on how to address in Europe the global digital skills gap and to hear about key programming and database skills that Oracle’s customers and partners need now and in the future. The event also included two technical lectures on Java programming and database management and offered opportunities for educational institutions to become members of the Oracle Academy.

In the News

Kids, Code and the Future of Technology

Dare 2B Digital Conference to Showcase STEM Solutions for Young Women March 1st

Time to Master IT Skills

Free Java Fundamentals Training Returns for a Second Year

European Union Joins Forces with Companies to Deliver Over 250,000 Extra Training Courses and Thousands of New Digital Jobs

First Oracle Academy Faculty Training in Kenya

Oracle Academy Begins ICT Training in Nigeria

Oracle Academy and Institute of Electronic Governance Extend MoU in Andhra Pradesh

Don’t miss Oracle Academy at these events!

EMEA:

IPON – March 19-20, 2014 Utrecht, Netherlands

Oracle Academy Open Day Spain – April 1, 2014 Barcelona, Spain

Oracle Academy Open Day Spain – April 2-3, 2014 Madrid, Spain

Devoxx France – April 16-18, 2014 Paris, France

ICT Days – May 25, 2014 Gent, Belgium

e-Learning Africa – May 28-30, 2014 Kampala, Uganda

Latin America:

Feria del Software – March 21, 2014 Valpariso, Chile

Jornadas Interuniversitasde Ciencias de la Computación (JOINCIC VII) –May 13-16, 2014 Caracas, Venezuela

Encuento Internacional Virtualeduca – June 9-13, 2014 Lima, Peru

North America:

Dare2BDigital – March 1, 2014 Sunnyvale, California

Learning@Scale Conference – March 4-5, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia

SIGCSE Conference – March 4-8, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia

She++ #Include Summit – April 3-5, 2014 Stanford, California

U.S. News STEM Solutions – April 23-25, 2014 Washington, D.C.

USA Science & Engineering Festival – April 26-27, 2014 Washington, D.C.

Coder Dojo @ Hack/Reduce – May 10, 2014 Boston, Massachusetts

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