Education

K-12 Schools Need to Stop Wasting Money on Tech They Don't Need

April 18, 2018

Our current academic model is falling very short of where learners will need to be in order to graduate with digital literacy. The K-12 schools across the nation are determined to help make up for this deficit by purchasing every piece of technology that comes their way.

What is the Next Generation of Digital Learning Environments?

April 17, 2018

“The next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) is conceived as an ecosystem--a learning environment consisting of learning tools and components that adhere to common standards.” Ultimately, the next generation of digital learning environment will become more focused on learning rather than administration.

You Don't Need a Device to Teach Students Code

April 16, 2018

Coding, in particular, is one of the best ways to teach STEM skills in the classroom. However, many teachers hesitate to teach coding because they either think it will be too difficult, time-consuming, or costly. They are wrong. You can teach your students to code without devices.

STEM Is Far More Than the Lone Genius

April 16, 2018

The lone-genius narrative is a powerful one. Picturing one person in a lab declaring “Eureka” is certainly easier than imagining an international team using a cross-time-zone conference call to finalize plans for their upcoming 17-minute window on a lunar orbiter. Even researchers who study trends in scientific collaboration have to reference the powerful idea. But research has shown that science is far from a lonely endeavor and has been gravitating towards dramatically larger teams over the last century.

Code.org teams up with Kahoot to help demystify computer science

April 16, 2018

The game-based learning platform Kahoot! is partnering with the nonprofit Code.org to launch specially curated computer science games on Kahoot's popular website and mobile app. By tapping into Kahoot's 70 million monthly active users -- more than 50 percent of K-12 students in the U.S., Kahoot estimates...

These factors drive black men out of engineering school

April 16, 2018

For black men, pursuing a graduate degree in engineering is like riding out a storm, according to new research. They enroll knowing they will face challenges, but the barriers that black men described as part of a six-year study show how race was a greater obstacle than they expected.

The U.S. Doesn't Have Enough STEM Teachers to Prepare Students for Our High-Tech Economy

April 15, 2018

One reason schools struggle to provide access to STEM courses is a shortage of effective STEM educators. More than half of U.S. public school districts, including more than 90 percent of districts serving large populations of African-American and Latino students, report difficulties recruiting and retaining certified, knowledgeable STEM teachers.

Will AI be a bane or boon for education?

April 15, 2018

The advent of artificial intelligence could increase societal inequalities, or it could provide teachers with the tools to customize instruction for every individual student. The outcome comes down to how our society lays the groundwork for the rapid changes AI promises to deliver.

With our shortage of skilled workers, career and technical education is ready to be taken seriously

April 15, 2018

Career and technical education (CTE) programs such as those offered at MST -- which feature academically and professionally rigorous classes and send graduates off to postsecondary programs at high rates -- may be uniquely positioned to prepare young adults for the future of work.

CUR to Host Posters on the Hill on April 18

April 13, 2018

On April 18, 60 teams from colleges and universities across the nation will participate in the 2018 Posters on the Hill event, sponsored by CUR and the American Chemical Society (ACS). Researchers and faculty members from as far away as University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California at Los Angeles, and University of Washington will join local peers from Bowie State University (MD) and James Madison University (VA) to share their research on topics ranging from early Jesuit scholars and 3D bioprinted muscle constructs to African American lead miners and the use of artificial neural networks to predict wildfire growth.

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