Education

The Problem With the "Pipeline"

October 22, 2017

Different groups talk about variations of the pipeline. Some describe a pipeline from science education to a STEM career, or as a way to describe a treacherous path through such an education that loses many female, black, Latino, or American Indian people along their educational careers. But the variations are all based on an idea that impacts entire sectors of our 21st-century economy: the preschool-to-Ph.D. pipeline.

5 ways educational games improve learning, according to teachers

October 22, 2017

When teachers used digital educational games in the classroom, students raised test scores by more than half a letter grade in only three weeks, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University and partners at Legends of Learning, a research-driven educational game platform.

CSforAll Announces Computer Science Pledges from Over 170 Organizations

October 20, 2017

The CSforAll Consortium's slate of new commitments, announced at this year's summit in St. Louis, came from companies, universities, national nonprofits, cities, school districts, and state departments of education. These initiatives vary widely in scope, but many are directed toward addressing persistent challenges in the field—like teacher-training pathways and professional development, curriculum resources, and accessible out-of-school time programs.

The high-tech skills gap and education

October 19, 2017

So, why is it that U.S. tech companies seem to have so much trouble finding qualified candidates to fill these high-tech, high-paying jobs? Some technology is growing so fast that as soon as a position is filled, another role is needed; there is a continuous demand for that particular technology’s skill set. Another explanation for this skills gap is that the talents most needed by software employers are not being taught in today’s education system.

'Women of NASA' Lego set to launch for sale Nov. 1

October 19, 2017

"Great for role playing space exploration missions," Lego said in a press release announcing the set on Wednesday (Oct. 18). "Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the Lego Ideas Women of NASA set." [Gallery: First Photos of Lego’s "Women of NASA" Set]

Amazon's headquarters hunt a wake-up call on US education

October 19, 2017

Amazon recently sparked a competitive frenzy among U.S. cities when the Seattle-based company announced its search for a second corporate headquarters (“HQ2”) in North America. Thursday is the deadline for interested cities to submit their bids. Approximately 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars worth of economic activity hang in the balance.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Grant Priorities Push School Choice Plus STEM

October 18, 2017

The Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education is taking public comments on her proposed priorities for $700 million in discretionary grants the agency will issue annually in the coming years. Although many of the priorities focus on Betsy DeVos' flagship interest, school choice, the promotion of STEM education -- and particularly computer science -- also makes an appearance in the list.

The best tech toys you can buy

October 18, 2017

The best tech toys for kids can do some pretty amazing things. They also have an educational aspect to them, but they’re so much fun to use, kids may not even realize they’re learning. Best of all, you can feel young again by playing with these toys yourself. The best tech toys also entertain adults.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

October 18, 2017

Public and private sectors both shape how students are prepared for future jobs and career opportunities. In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies.

50 Best Master's in Educational Technology Degrees for 2017

October 18, 2017

There’s no doubt that a master’s degree in educational technology can open up a whole range of career options that aren’t available to those with just a bachelor’s degree. But where you get that master’s degree can make a big difference. Varying academic standards, internship opportunities, faculty expertise, and tuition costs can all impact how valuable your degree in educational technology really is.

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