CTE classes are popular, but only 25% of students take courses that could lead to the nation's biggest industries, new study finds

April 22, 2019

Business, marketing, tourism and manufacturing make up more than half of U.S. jobs -- but students in high school probably don’t know that. Only one-quarter of the career and technical education classes students take are focused on these industries, according to a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C.

What Are The Most Interesting Things Happening In EdTech Right Now?

April 19, 2019

Despite the current and past climate in education, I am seeing cultural change, attitudes change, and mindsets change toward education technology. Conservative communities finally understand Edtech is not trying to replace teachers, and that the internet is not a dangerous territory that pollutes young minds. And this cultural change has enabled a healthier and friendlier ecosystem for startups to innovate.

LEGO Education and FIRST Inspire STEAM Learning with New Architecture-Themed LEGO sets for 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League Season

April 18, 2019

Today at the FIRST® Championship, LEGO® Education and FIRST unveiled two new, exclusive LEGO sets created specifically for the 2019-2020 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. and FIRST® LEGO® League season. LEGO Education also announced today that its newly released LEGO Education SPIKE™ Prime with the new SPIKE™ Prime Competition Expansion Set can be used along with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 in FIRST LEGO League.

With $39, Three-Hour Courses, Teachers Can Quickly Master STEM Teaching Skills and Earn Micro Certificates from the National Institute for STEM Education

April 17, 2019

To effectively teach and implement STEM, teachers need access to professional development that is research-based, personalized, and immediately applicable in their classrooms. The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) announces a new series of online courses and Micro Certificates designed to help K-12 teachers quickly master and earn recognition for strengthening their STEM instructional strategies.

Case School of Engineering taking lead role in Gelfand Global STEMPower Initiative in Ethiopia

April 16, 2019

Ethiopia has an abundance of raw materials, but does not yet have the engineering infrastructure to turn that material into a thriving economy and jobs. But a new initiative funded by a longtime Case Western Reserve University benefactor--and in which the Case School of Engineering is taking a lead role--aims to help grow that infrastructure to encourage broad and lasting economic development in that East African nation.

The Future of Finance Starts in The Classroom

April 15, 2019

Most girls are first taught how to save by banking their coins in a jar or piggy bank at the early age of five. While direct lessons from parents can help shape a child’s perception of money and finances, experts agree that the most effective education is through demonstration (Fast Company). According to a survey of 1,000 parents, respondents were more likely to teach their daughters fiscal restraint, while their sons were more likely to be taught about building wealth.

Nine Ways Tech Will Soon Impact Education

April 11, 2019

In addition to computers, students of today often have access to such tech as smart boards and tablets as learning aids. In fact, technology has become so integrated into education that many are looking to once-futuristic, now realistic tech such as augmented and virtual realities (AR and VR) to lead the way in the next-generation classroom.

How Aligned is Career and Technical Education to Local Labor Markets?

April 11, 2019

How Aligned is Career and Technical Education to Local Labor Markets?, co-authored by Pepperdine University associate professor Cameron Sublett and Fordham Institute senior research and policy associate David Griffith, examines whether students in high school CTE programs are more likely to take courses in high-demand and/or high-wage industries, both nationally and locally.

Encourage Mathematical Thinking With These Board Games for Little Kids

April 10, 2019

The best way to help young kids understand math concepts isn’t by standing in front of a white board and rattling off multiplication facts. Rather, it’s by letting them see math in action. Board games are a great way for little learners to get a grasp on skills such as pattern recognition, spatial reasoning, problem solving and visual perception. Here are some of the best board games for kids under 8 that encourage mathematical thinking, according to math educators and parents.

Should architecture be taught in grade school?

April 10, 2019

Few students will become architects, but architecture may be able teach them more about real-life problem-solving than geometric proofs. This offers a unique approach to STEM and much of school, where too many classes ask students to solve a problem with a predetermined answer or memorize and recite key information.


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