Technology in the News: November 2

tech highlightsHP, a Silicon Valley icon, is ready for its break-up
Hewlett-Packard was one of the groundbreaking companies in Silicon Valley. Founded in the late 1930s, it has been a leading computer corporation for decades. However, due to the latest crazes, it can no longer keep up. This weekend, it will split into two companies. What’s next for this IT pioneer?

Google to combine Chrome OS with Android in 2017
Streamlining is the new black. Here’s how Google is planning to update, upscale, and up-cycle its latest productions.

How to win at digital marketing
Considering a career in marketing? Already there and want some pointers? Check out these tips from Mashable Business and see how to up your game!

How Cortana solves the issue of ‘lost in translation’ for small business owners
Translating a small business to the global level is every entrepreneur’s dream. Cortana, the new personal assistant from Microsoft, is making this transition easier than ever.

Skype adds new Snapchat-like video message filters
Competition, competition, competition. Skype is stepping it up and getting back in the social media game. What’s new for the video chat app?

The Un-College That’s Training $100,000 App Developers
AOIT really does have an edge in the real world. “Coder bootcamps” are teaching technology skills like Web and app development for $10,000 and $20,000 for three and six month programs.

Mock Interviews for Juniors

Class of 2017:

You all should be aware by now that you have mock interviews coming up on Thursday November 5th.  The interviews will be with our Advisory Board members.  Many of the interviewers are the same people reviewing your resumes.  The interviews will be in the Media Center starting at 7:40 AM.  Make sure you know your time. You can check the schedule here. You should arrive at the Media Center 5 minutes before your appointed time.  These interviews are required by every junior in the academy.

what to wearBusiness attire is the required dress for the interviews.  Gentlemen: this means a button down shirt, dress pants and a tie at the minimum.  You should were a sports coat or suit if you have one.  Ladies: this means a business suit, conservative dress, or skirt and blouse.  Remember, you are going on a job interview not out to a club. You may click on the “dress for success” image at left for a reference.  See me if you have any questions.

Here are a few interview questions for you to review. I highly recommend that you practice answering these questions.  Get a friend or parent to practice with you. Please keep in mind that the advisory board members enjoy doing this activity with you.  They genuinely want to help you get better at interviewing.  They are not there to trip you up or intimidate you.  Enjoy this opportunity for the great learning experience that it is.

Again, if you have any questions please let me know.

Mr. Evans

Online Payment for 2015-2016 School Year

The AoIT program will move to completely online payments for the 2015-2016 school year.  More information will be shared by Mr. Evans at the parent orientation meeting on Wednesday.  Payments and donations are handled through the AoIT program’s PayPal account.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay with your credit card.

When your done adding items to your cart, click the checkout button which will take you a view of your cart.  Verify your contents then at the bottom choose “Proceed to PayPal” which is the only option for payment.  AoIT is no longer accepting checks or cash beginning this school year.



You will be taken to the PayPal login screen.  If you don’t have a PayPal account or don’t want to use the balance in your PayPal account, click on the link circled in green in the image below.  If you would prefer to use  your existing PayPal balance (which is ok) login to PayPal as you normally would using the values inside the red box noted in the image below.



If you have any questions, feel free to contact AoIT at

10th Grade Trip to Ft. Fisher Aquarium and Ft. Fisher

Hello Everyone,
I wanted to get a reminder note out regarding next week’s 10th grade field trip.  We will be traveling to Kure beach to the Ft. Fisher Aquarium and Ft. Fisher on Tuesday May 19th. We will be meeting in the front of the school at 6:15 AM.   Departure for Kure Beach is at 6:30 AM. Our first stop is the aquarium in the morning(approximately 9 AM).  We will tour the aquarium and take part in the Changing Oceans Program.  Once we have finished with the aquarium we will go to Ft. Fisher recreation area to each lunch.  Please make sure your child packs a lunch and drink as we will not have access to fast food. After lunch we will head to Ft. Fisher for a tour and a musket firing.  We will depart the fort around 2:15 PM to head back to AHS(we should arrive at the school around 5 PM).
I have attached a detailed agenda for everyone’s review.  This is a rain or shine event so please make sure your child dresses appropriately.  If you have not returned the permission slip or paid the $20 fee please do so as soon as you can.  You can pay via PayPal or credit card on the main page of the AOIT site.  This trip will be integrated into the AP Human Geo, Earth Science and American History 1 curriculum.  It should be a great day for everyone involved.
As always if you have questions please do not hesitate ask
Mr. Evans


Senior Banquet 2015

Attention Senior Parents and Students,
You can RSVP and pay right from the AOIT website or through the Support page in the Director’s Notes.  This is time for us to celebrate you the AOIT seniors.  You get a very nice dinner, a certificate and a graduation cord.  It is a fun night.
Please RSVP no later than May 10 as we need time to give a head count to the caterer.
Mr. Evans
Hello Everyone,
I wanted to let you know that I have enrolled the entire AOIT 12th grade cohort into a AOIT Internship Blackboard Site.  If you login into Bb you should see the site.  Click on the site and go to the Content section to see instruction for uploading your blog entries.
– – > I need everyone to upload their Blog entries by May 15.
Even if you turned in a hard copied I need you to upload a soft copy.  This will serve as a repository for me to see all the blogs and read them.
Also I need your Supervisor’s Evaluation and Time Sheet turned into me by May 15.  This is mandatory for everyone!  If I do not get the supervisor’s evaluation you will fail your internship.  The evaluation is found on pages 20 and 21 of the internship packet.  Please get this done.
Lastly please RSVP for the senior banquet on Thursday May 21.  Everyone should have received an invitation by now.  If you did not please see me ASAP.  You can pay for your guest using the PayPal or credit card button found on the main page of the AOIT site.  This is a fun night and you get your cord and certificate.
I have copied all the parent emails that I have in case you do not get this note.

Note to Junior Parents

February 12, 2015 : AOIT Junior Parent Notes

I wanted to follow up on the information you received at last November’s Pre-internship meeting.  Hopefully you have been able to talk with your AOIT student about his or her interests in completing the required internship.  This letter will serve as a next step/how to guide to assist you and your student in the process of securing and successfully completing the internship.

As a reminder, in order to graduate with AOIT honors, your student must complete a “technology-based” internship by May of his or her senior year.  The internship must consist of a minimum of 135 hours and be approved by me.  All juniors received a packet of information at the Internship Presentation.  If you do not have the packet it can be downloaded from the AOIT website.

There are 90 juniors looking for internships.  The AOIT program, with the assistance of the Advisory Board, is usually able to provide about 50% of those internship opportunities.  Through networking on the part of other parents and Advisory Board members, a number of opportunities at local companies have been identified.  The AOIT program, and Advisory Board members, contact past participants to solicit internship positions from those companies.  However, your help as parents is requested to identify and secure additional opportunities and, as a byproduct, teach an important life lesson to your student.  In the workforce, the best way to secure a job is through networking.  The sooner students learn this principle, the better off they will be as they look to find future opportunities both from an educational and professional standpoint.  Here are a few basic steps to start the process:

  1. If your student currently has a job, talk to him or her about whether or not the job could be turned into an “internship” opportunity.  If so, please contact me so that I can work with your student to classify it properly.  If your student is contemplating a part-time job, your student should consider choosing a job that could serve as both an internship experience and a part-time job.
  1. If your student currently does not have a job, or a job that would qualify as an internship, talk to your student to figure out what interests him or her.  One of the purposes of the internship is to give the students a taste of what a job would be like in a particular discipline.  Your student may decide that what he or she originally anticipated to be exciting, is not what they anticipated.  Discussing interests with your student will allow them to start the process of narrowing interests.  This exercise may turn out to be an excellent opportunity for your student with his or her decision on a college major.  Another important life lesson sometimes learned through the internship experience is that we need to complete jobs that we do not necessarily enjoy.   Please discuss this possibility with your student.
  1. Have your student do a LinkedIn search on companies in The Triangle area that fit into his or her category of interests.  This tool will be very helpful for your student as he or she looks to further network.
  1. Talk with your neighbors and friends about where they work and do a LinkedIn search yourself for contacts you may have at some of the companies your student has identified.  You could send an email out to your LinkedIn connections soliciting help in identifying leads.  Many neighborhoods have email groups where you could post a message in order to solicit help from neighbors.  Chances are that you are not the only one in your neighborhood with an AOIT student.
  1. Together with your student, reach out to your connections to understand the process of obtaining an internship at the desired company.  If you do not feel comfortable contacting the company directly, please contact me and either one of the Advisory Board members, or I, can make contact on your behalf.  Of course, this process may need to be repeated a few times before an internship position can be secured.

Whether an internship opportunity is identified through the AOIT program, the Advisory Board, or by you or your student, your student will still need to interview for the internship position.  Just because an internship opportunity has been identified, this may not guarantee it will be secured by your student.  For example, many of the internship opportunities provided by SAS, as well as other companies, are very competitive.  The AOIT program has been preparing, and continues to prepare, your student for the interview process so that he or she will be at his or her best during the interview process.

After the internship position has been secured, your child will work with me to complete necessary forms and coordinate the internship dates.

If you would like additional information please reference the internship information on our website:

If you have additional questions or would like to speak with one of the Advisory Board members, please contact me and I will be happy to assist and support you through the process.  I look forward to attending your student’s AOIT senior presentation about his or her internship experience. I have complete confidence this experience will assist in preparing your student for college and the job market.

Apex High School Academy of Information Technology

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