Education

Total number of students declines, but minority numbers on the rise

December 16, 2019

The number of students enrolled in all levels of school in 2018 was 76.8 million, a drop of 2.8 percent from the 79 million enrolled in 2011, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau. The biggest decrease in enrollment was at two- and four-year colleges.

Students Who Read On Tablets Score Poorly In Reading

December 16, 2019

Tablet use was again negatively correlated with reading scores nationwide, and in some states on some indicators, there were highly alarming trends. In Rhode Island, for example, fourth-graders who used tablets “in all or almost all classes” performed 38 points worse on the reading exam than those who “never” used it. Other areas with large gaps included Arkansas, Missouri and the District of Columbia.

Transforming Learning Through the Use of Educational Technology: Challenges and Opportunities

December 16, 2019

To date, the incorporation of technology into schools has had a limited impact as its introduction has focused excessively on equipment and hardware without fundamentally altering learning processes. The need to explore radical and sustainable methods to innovate how education systems operate and children learn is urgent...

Society, STEM, and AI

December 12, 2019

Experts converge at Carnegie Mellon University, the birthplace of artificial intelligence, to discuss how AI can transform STEM education and workforce development today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Expanding Female Engagement In STEM Can Prepare Industries For The Fourth Industrial Revolution

December 12, 2019

Companies across a spectrum of industries, from healthcare to retail to banking, face a common issue: building a skilled workforce ready to handle the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This technological movement will drive new discoveries in artificial intelligence (AI), rapidly changing how we learn and work.

Getting started with computer science

December 12, 2019

Want to join in the Computer Science Education Week fun but don’t know where to start? No worries -- we got you covered. Read on for some practical tips, tricks and ideas from other teachers around the country on how they’re integrating computer science into their classrooms.

House Passes Bill to Boost STEM Access for Minority Students

December 11, 2019

The House of Representatives passed legislation to make STEM education and research funding more robust and accessible to students at tribal and historically black colleges and universities, as well as at minority-serving institutions, or MSIs. The MSI STEM Achievement Act, introduced by Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and Frank Lucas R-Okla., in September, passed by a voice vote Monday and moves to the Senate for consideration.

Inspiring the Cyber Workforce of the Future... One Celebration at a Time

December 11, 2019

Computer Science Education Week is aimed at inspiring students to discover computer science activities and careers, and our National Laboratories will be holding a number of activities to highlight DOE’s efforts, including increasing access to computer science education, building computational literacy, and growing the cyber workforce of the future.

Feminist Computing and The End of Binary Thought

December 10, 2019

Categorizing concepts through binary thinking lies under the belly of the deeply rooted institutions within the field of computer science and technology. And unfortunately, the this-or-that distinction established by the binary code could easily be translated to us-or-them. This has translated to widespread discrimination across the STEM fields, but the gendered tropes underpinning the conversation around computing may be causing even the most forward-thinking minds to miss the forest for the trees.

Why Teachers Need to Incorporate Physical Computing into Computer Science Lessons

December 09, 2019

Many of the lesson plans taught in computer science courses and during CS Ed Week have students coding and programming via computer games and online, which means they are only interacting with a computer screen. Although an important part of the computer science learning experience, there’s even more opportunity when you add in the physical elements.

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