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Artificial Intelligence Enters The Classroom

February 15, 2017

Artificial intelligence, or simply AI, is a subset of computer science that involves teaching computers how to learn, reason, and make decisions like humans do. Bonilla said the technology has been around since the 1950s, but advances have led to everyday applications that have made people more aware of the technology. In the classroom, AI enables customized learning.

The 6 Major Barriers to Technology Adoption in Higher Ed

February 15, 2017

This year's NMC Horizon Report 2017 Higher Education report identified six major roadblocks to education technology, either in its adoption or in its implementation. The report divided the roadblocks into three categories: those that pose challenges but that are solvable in the near term, those that are more difficult to solve but are still understandable and those that are "wicked difficult" -- nigh impossible even to define, let alone solve.

Engineering The Future: GE's Goal To Bridge The STEM Gender Gap By 2020

February 15, 2017

GE has announced goals of having 20,000 women to fill STEM roles at GE by 2020 and obtaining 50:50 representation for all our technical entry-level programs. The program will significantly increase the representation of women in its engineering, manufacturing, IT and product management roles -- a strategy necessary to inject urgency into addressing ongoing gender imbalance in technical fields and fully transform into a digital industrial company.

Make a match: How some schools decide what education technology to buy

February 15, 2017

LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization, works on both sides of the equation, providing a pilot network program that links schools and education technology companies. Schools say what they need and then get to test-drive programs for free. Companies get a real-life run and meaningful feedback on their offerings. This symbiosis helps schools cut through the clutter to find solutions that actually work as intended.

Robust Model for STEM Summer Camp With Robotics and Computer Science

February 14, 2017

Thanks to the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in schools, many parents recognize these should be an essential element of children’s summer experiences. But trying to choose a summer STEM program can be overwhelming. What are the most desirable characteristics of a summer robotics and STEM camp?

STEM learning starts as early as kindergarten

February 14, 2017

Engineering, computer science and biomedical science -- these topics sound like college majors, but they're the three pillars of a new program offered to elementary-aged students.Schools nationwide are trying to educate children for STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math) and provide them with skills for jobs in growing sectors like tech and science.

Osmo Coding: The Innovative Coding Program Being Taught in a Chicago Area Classroom

February 13, 2017

The following interview discusses how Frances Judd creates unique and deliberate STEM based learning opportunities by using Osmo Coding, the first iPad game that teaches kids to code in the most intuitive way possible: with their hands.

Experts Seek to Boost Knowledge and Allies for Teaching STEM

February 13, 2017

Educational best practices that apply to all the fields of science recognize common observations, such as knowing that students tend to learn more from hands-on activities than a lecture. Yet, much more research is needed to frame more effective approaches to teaching science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) topics with their complex and sometimes interlocking concepts.

Setting, Tension, Explanation, Metaphor: A Storytelling Approach for Early STEM Learning

February 12, 2017

Watch a group of young children in a community garden. They’ll dig in the soil, find and play with earthworms and insects, plant seeds in patches of sunlight, and come back to watch them sprout, grow, and bear fruit. With a little help, these kids can be doing more than simply playing in the dirt. They can be learning the beginnings of environmental science and plant biology and practicing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Inspired women in science take a stand against gender inequality

February 12, 2017

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals: despite a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science, they continue to be excluded from participating fully in it, according to the United Nations page of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This is why research in science education is fundamental to address inequalities at all levels in science, technology and innovation.

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