Education

Lexia Learning Releases White Paper on Choosing Educational Technology That Helps, Rather than Hinders, Students' Intrinsic Motivation

March 20, 2017

Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. Company, has released a white paper titled, “The Importance of Intrinsic Student Motivation When Selecting Educational Technologies,” which not only focuses on well-researched methods of supporting students’ intrinsic motivation but also applies that research to educational technologies.

Are Today's Kids Prepared to Be the Future of Silicon Valley?

March 20, 2017

Even if you don’t have kids, you should care about STEM education in schools. After all, our future depends on today’s students becoming tomorrow’s innovators and business leaders, and that means getting a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering, and math - no matter what field they enter.

Coalition Recommendations to President Trump and Secretary DeVos on STEM Issues

March 20, 2017

On March 13, the STEM Education Coalition sent letters to President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The letters outline the Coalition’s policy recommendations for the White House and the Department of Education.

mBot Teaches Kids to Code in a Cute Robot Shell [Review]

March 19, 2017

As adults, there are so many resources available to us to break into the world of programming and coding. From organizations like General Assembly and the hundreds of localized coding bootcamps, you can practically throw a stick into the wind and find a way to learn about development. For kids on the other hand, things are not quite as cut and dry, and programming is not readily available in the classroom.

'Lack of women in technology starts in education'

March 19, 2017

“The lack of women in technology roles really starts in education,” said Crystal Valentine, vice president of technology strategy at MapR Technologies. “It starts at the time when students are starting to think about their careers, primarily at the college level when they start to declare majors.”

Girls draw even with boys in high school STEM classes, but still lag in college and careers

March 16, 2017

High school engineering classrooms look a lot different than they did a few decades ago, and it’s not just because of computers. Those classes now have girls. Lots of girls. Thanks to long-standing efforts by teachers, administrators and nonprofits, girls now make up about half the enrollment in high-school science and math classes.

Senators Gillibrand and Wicker Announce Legislation to Promote Computer Science Programs in Schools, Train Future Workforce for 21st Century Economy

March 16, 2017

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today (3/15) introduced the Computer Science Career Education Act, bipartisan legislation that would promote learning opportunities in computer science for underrepresented students, in order to create more opportunities in fields that demand high-tech skills training.

Senators Cory Gardner and Gary Peters Named 2017 George E. Brown Science Awards Winners

March 14, 2017

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (CO) and Senator Gary Peters (MI), will receive the 2017 George E. Brown Awards for Science Leadership for their successful leadership in passage of the American Innovation & Competitiveness Act of 2016 and for promoting policies that benefit scientists, engineers, STEM students and the entire American public. Senators Gardner and Peters will be honored at a Capitol Hill ceremony and public reception on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. It will be held in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Russell Office Building (Room 325) from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The celebration is open to the general public andpress.

Dumping devices into classsroom won't fix education

March 14, 2017

This sort of pie-in-the-sky belief that simply getting more computers in kids’ hands and more app-development elective courses in schools will make the future bright is an oversimplification of a complex issue. In the last six months as a teacher of technology classes (both software applications and Chromebook repair) and as a close observer of how teachers utilize digital learning devices in classrooms, I’ve witnessed that even when the tools are in hand, neither students nor teachers quite know how to make the best use of technology.

Accessible Technology Helps Students with Disabilities Pursue STEM Degrees

March 14, 2017

Students with disabilities are now just as likely as other students to enroll in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields when they enter higher education, recent research from the National Science Foundation reports. The study found that 11 percent of undergraduate degree pursuers have a disability, which Education Week indicates is on par with the 12 percent of K–12 students that have a disability.

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