Education

Rethinking Career and Technical Education

May 02, 2019

As an African American, first-generation college graduate, I have slowly come to recognize the competitive advantage that a lab tech CTE program will provide my daughter. I had my reservations, based on the history of African Americans and vocational education, but could not argue with the outcomes or options. I believe the time has come for black students and college administrators to reconsider the value of CTE as a viable career pathway and untapped source of diverse students, respectively.

How STEM learning invigorates classrooms

May 01, 2019

eSchool News recently spoke with Vince Bertram, the chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), which has been bringing real-world and hands-on STEM learning into the classroom for 22 years, about the importance of STEM education.

Here's how to increase diversity in STEM at the college level and beyond

May 01, 2019

The Meyerhoff Scholars program has been called the “gold standard” for providing a path into STEM research for African Americans, Hispanics, and economically disadvantaged white students who are underrepresented in the field. It has also been credited with changing the culture of the campus at UMBC.

Classroom robots are infiltrating the education industry, but teachers are safe - for now

May 01, 2019

Kids file into their classroom, nervous to meet the new teacher. But anxiety and apprehension quickly turn to curiosity and surprise when they see who it is -- more accurately, what it is. Greeting them is Robin, a 23-inch-tall humanoid robot with a friendly expression on its facsimile-of-a-face.

Explore results for the 2018 NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment

April 30, 2019

In 2018, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered a nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy (TEL) at eighth grade. TEL was a fully digitally based assessment that asked students to solve real-world technology and engineering problems.

Girls outscore boys on tech, engineering, even without taking tech classes

April 30, 2019

Though less likely to study in a formal technology or engineering course, America’s girls are showing more mastery of those subjects than their boy classmates, according to newly released national education data. Known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” the latest findings made public Tuesday from the National Assessment of Educational Progress also shows U.S. eighth-graders in 2018 did significantly better overall compared to 2014′s test results, particularly among students who are white, black, Asian or low-income.

Predictions of Print Textbooks' Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

April 30, 2019

Print textbooks are the eternal punching bag for the things people think technology should render obsolete. Technologists from Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs, almost a century apart, have predicted their demise. The newest voices in that choir come from Bill and Melinda Gates, who declared that “textbooks are becoming obsolete” in their 2019 annual letter.

New Online Map Increases Understanding of Country's STEM Education Delivery and Outcomes

April 30, 2019

The National Math and Science Initiative today unveiled the first version of its STEM Opportunity Index (SOI), a multi-layered online map that illustrates strengths and potential gaps in public STEM education around the country. The Index is based on the nonprofit's STEM Framework for Success, a collection of 114 indicators that are measured by publicly available data.

Reveling In STEM Education As An Adult Learner

April 29, 2019

Practical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are crucial in order to prepare today's students for tomorrow's world. There are many who are working hard to provide our youth with what they need to succeed in STEM careers. This can be difficult, however, for those who didn't experience a robust education themselves.

Using AI to Personalize Education for Everyone

April 29, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is able to capture, aggregate, and analyze data from several different sources to build a student learning profile. In the past, the only way to measure what students have learned was through tests, written and oral exams and assignments. However, these methods ignore much of what a student has assimilated over the years.

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