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Article Round-up: IT Workplace and the IT Classroom

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is always on the lookout for technology articles and columns related to the ongoing evolution of both the IT workplace and the IT classroom.  Below is a sampling of some of the things we’ve been reading these last few months.  They’re worth a look, blog readers.

The Math Behind the Five-Hour Rule from looks at Michael Simmons’ belief that the most successful people spend at least five hours a week learning, which he says is essential to long-term career success.  This article digs deeper as he suggests that the five-hour rule will likely only keep you current in your field, which means you need to spend more time  to get ahead.

The Man Who Created CTRL+ALT+DEL from links to a Frontiers video about David Bradley, the IBM employee that invented CTRL+ALT+DEL.

Hybrid Cloud Computing Emerges as Next Big IT Management Challenge from illustrates the complexity and expense of cloud computing, which is turning out to offer less of the cost savings as originally seemed because of fundamental mistakes in management and operations.  One problem seems to be the difficulty in moving legacy systems into the cloud.

Here’s What You Should and Shouldn’t Do When You’re Editing Your Resume from Fast Company offers a quick rundown of dos and don’ts for improving your resume.

Carnegie Mellon University Starts First AI Degree Program in US from points towards a likely future as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning become more common, driving demand for schools to offer more certificates and degrees.

What 2019 Has in Store for AI from ITBusinessEdge proposes that 2019 will be a big year for the expansion of artificial intelligence technology in managing and optimizing workloads for enterprise, even as uncertainty remains regarding the ultimate impact on AI operations.  AI is still “an extremely complex, and somewhat unpredictable, technology.”

Seven Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One of the Fastest-Growing Job Skills from Fast Company underscores the value of interpersonal soft skills for new graduates looking for employment.  This is the refrain the CTC has long heard from its National Business and Industry Leadership Team (“BILT”); technical skills can be sharpened and taught by an employer, but it’s not as easy to improve soft skills.

What Happened When I Made My Students Turn Off Their Phones from Aeon via Pocket looks at what happened when one teacher made her students lock up their smartphones during class.  The article includes some surprising results from student surveys regarding their “no phone” experience.

The Coming Big Tech Backlash from LinkedIn predicts a widespread rejection against tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.


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