Education

Learn to Code in Kindergarten?

August 02, 2019

Knowing how the programs on their computers are constructed seems like a worthwhile thing even if a student never writes a single line of code outside of school. To understand the architecture is a form of power, and while I cannot claim my individual experiences with students as dispositive to the whole, many of them use their computers and phones uncritically, and prove to be not great problem solvers when it comes to operating in the digital realm.

5 takeaways on the future of online education and global development

August 01, 2019

As expanding internet access and other information technology advances improve the uptake of online education globally, e-learning is poised to make huge contributions to global development, boosting education systems in low- and middle-income countries, improving student diversity, and helping practitioners strengthen their skills and advance their careers.

Exclusion in STEM classrooms lead to lower graduation rates for minority students, UT study says

August 01, 2019

Black and Latinx students pursuing careers in STEM face obstacles their white peers do not, making them more likely to leave those majors without receiving a degree, UT researchers say. “Individuals that are employed in STEM occupations tend to have relatively high levels of income and social status,” said Catherine Riegle-Crumb, lead author of the study. “There’s reason to believe that racial ethnic minorities, particularly black and Latino students in this country, face obstacles in these fields that are not faced by their white peers.”

Lindsey Vonn's New Goal Is Helping Girls Learn STEM: 'I Want to Help on a Personal Level'

July 31, 2019

While champion skier Lindsey Vonn is no longer hitting the slopes professionally after announcing her retirement earlier this year, she has something new she is championing. The former alpine ski racer is now helping young girls become more involved in STEM education through the Lindsey Vonn Foundation.

DeVos Wants to Prioritize Education Funding for Opportunity Zones

July 30, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to put a priority on competitive grants that square with the Trump administration's initiative to improve economic opportunities in distressed areas. In the Federal Register, which is where the U.S. government publishes agency rules and public notices, DeVos' proposed priority is to "align the Department of Education's ... discretionary grant investments with the Administration's Opportunity Zones initiative, which aims to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities."

31 education technology companies taking learning to the next level

July 29, 2019

When you think of educational technology, do you picture a classroom full of teens immersed in their tablets--perhaps dissecting cyber-rats? That happens, no doubt, but edtech goes beyond K-12 classroom engagement tools, and plays an increasingly crucial role in the educational experience. As author and educator George Couros put it, "Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational."

Rep. Haley Stevens' bill passed by House supports students in STEM education

July 26, 2019

The first bill introduced by Michigan Congresswoman Haley Stevens is now her first piece of legislation passed by the House. The Building Blocks of STEM Act, which passed the House Tuesday, directs the National Science Foundation to more equitably allocate funding for research with a focus on early childhood.  The bill also directs the foundation to support research on the factors that discourage or encourage girls to engage in STEM activities. [ Watch Video ]

Building a Love of Math and Science Starts Early in Life

July 25, 2019

Introducing math and science to young children doesn’t have to be complicated. Parents and caregivers don’t have to wait until a child can solve written math problems or conduct complex science experiments. Activities such as finger painting, building blocks and baking are fun and interactive ways to build science and math skills in young kids.

Five ways to close the homework gap

July 25, 2019

Most learning today involves the internet and this is a major challenge for schools with students who don’t have easy access to technology. Many schools are equipping their students with devices, but that alone isn’t enough. Students also need access to Wi-Fi or some other way to connect to the internet, whether they are at school or elsewhere.

Voices From The Field: Educators Share What Edtech Entrepreneurs Should Know

July 23, 2019

Education and entrepreneurship don't always align. However, when they do, the results in the classroom can have a tremendous impact on students. I've spoken with hundreds of edtech entrepreneurs, and quite often, there is a disconnect between what the entrepreneur thinks is best for students or teachers versus the reality of a classroom.

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