Education

Online Education Costs More, Not Less

February 20, 2017

The survey, conducted by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), found that most colleges charge students the same or more to study online. And when additional fees are included, more than half of distance education students pay more than do those in brick-and-mortar classrooms.

Synthesis and Reactions to the 2017 NMC Horizon Report

February 20, 2017

The challenges that impede the adoption of technology in higher education are broken down into categories of “solvable”, “difficult”, and “wicked”.  Solvable problems include improving digital literacy and integrating formal and informal learning.  Difficult challenges include closing the achievement gap and advancing digital equity.  The wicked challenges include managing knowledge obsolescence and rethinking the role of educators.

Coalition Statement on Women in STEM Bills

February 20, 2017

The STEM Education Coalition is very pleased that President Trump will sign a pair of bipartisan bills into law that will authorize NASA and the National Science Foundation to bolster their efforts to bring more women and girls into the critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Sheryl Sandberg Is Working With Female Governors to Close Tech's Gender Gap

February 19, 2017

Female leaders from the public and private sectors have joined forces to work on technology's gender problem.On Friday, three female governors are convening with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Deloitte LLP's consulting chief Janet Foutty, and Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani to discuss state-level computer science education policies benefitting girls.

What Betsy DeVos means for edtech

February 19, 2017

AltSchool operates seven small private schools (called “lab schools”) and is now pivoting to license its technology to private and charter schools. Secretary DeVos will increase federal support for charter schools, and perhaps private schools, as well, in the form of vouchers. It should be a boon for insurgent providers like AltSchool that are thinking very differently about how best to utilize technology to maximize student learning.

Challenger Center Launches "Martians of Tomorrow" Campaign for STEM Education

February 19, 2017

Challenger Center announced the launch of "Martians of Tomorrow," a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and inspiring the next generation. Parents, teachers, community members, education leaders, organizations and professionals alike are encouraged to visit www.challenger.org/martians and take a pledge to support students on their journey to become future STEM leaders.

DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World

February 16, 2017

DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World is a giant screen film that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, DREAM BIG celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, DREAM BIG reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. (tickets and showtimes)

Spatial Skills: A Neglected Dimension of Early STEM Education

February 16, 2017

Lead author Elisabeth R. McClure and her colleagues did an excellent job describing the importance of STEM development by culling together information not only from scientific literature but also from conversations with researchers, policy makers, and practitioners.  The report emphasizes that STEM fields rely on more than just knowledge of facts like 4 + 2= 6, that tomatoes are really fruits, or how to operate computers. No, STEM success relies on broader abilities, such as strong reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis

February 16, 2017

Its regimented routines can seem stodgy at a time when young people are flocking to more freewheeling forums for scientific creativity, like software hackathons and hardware engineering Maker Faires. That is apparently the thinking at Intel, the giant computer chip maker, which is retreating from its longtime sponsorship of science fairs for high school students.

Are Teachers Becoming Obsolete?

February 16, 2017

A veteran educator reflects on the personalized-learning trend that’s left him wondering if a computer is more capable of doing his job than he is.

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