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Project-Based Learning Can Fuel a STEM-Ready Economy

April 09, 2018

This year's crop of U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame recipients all began a life-long love affair with science, technology, engineering and math quite unintentionally through hands-on experiences. Today, those hands-on experiences have a pedagogical name: project-based learning.

Why Equipping Classrooms With Technology Is A Difficult Process

April 09, 2018

It’s a race to the classroom for tech companies, but the process of sourcing technology for schools is more complicated than one might think. From difficulties in the procurement process, to large disparities in pricing and challenges when it comes to school funding, education technology is a fraught process for many school districts according to Hal Friedlander, Co-Founder and CEO of the Technology for Education Consortium.

7 Ways The Internet Has Made Education Easier In 2018

April 09, 2018

The use of technology within education has presented great controversy since it generates a strong debate about whether technology is actually a co-helper or on the contrary hinders the learning process. The accelerated increase in the use of technology within society has led to a proliferation within institutions (both colleges and universities) changing today’s education and the way in which students as teachers communicate and interact within the classroom of class.

Company Leaders Look to Kids for STEM Workforce

April 08, 2018

At a panel about filling future science, technology, engineering and math job needs during the U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions: Workforce of Tomorrow conference on Friday, Vince Bertram, president and CEO of nonprofit Project Lead the Way, said as more and more companies become tech-enabled, businesses need to support measures that will encourage students early on to pursue STEM-related studies - and later STEM careers - so that they will have a supply of workers to fill ever-growing job demands.

Hot 'new-collar jobs' and the skills you need to get them

April 08, 2018

The labor market is bursting with jobs that don't require bachelor's degrees but do demand special skills, typically related to digital technology. Called "new-collar" jobs, these positions usually provide salaries in the top half of the U.S. wage scale.

Now That We're Augmented, What Skills Are Important?

April 08, 2018

Code that learns is reshaping life and work on planet earth–and it is doing so at an unprecedented speed. We’re a couple years into something new and different, a new era–one that follows the information age. In this new age, almost every job has been augmented with smart machines. Some jobs are going away. Entrepreneurs will create lots of new jobs. In the past, revolutions would last a century, but now they last a generation-and this one’s just getting started.

Closing the Tech Diversity Gap: No Simple Solution

April 06, 2018

The program, Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, now has 14 locations, boasts a 93 percent graduation rate, and has the capacity to graduate around 1,000 students each year. "Veterans are a talent pool we haven't sought in the past," says Microsoft's Vice President of Military Affairs Chris Cortez. "And the military vets very much represent our diverse country."

Verizon to Invest More Than $200 Million in STEM Education Pledges to Reach 5 Million Students in 5 Years

April 05, 2018

Verizon Communications Inc. will invest more than $200 million in additional funds towards Verizon Innovative Learning, providing immersive next-gen technology, teacher training, STEM curricula and connectivity to under-resourced students across the United States. To date, Verizon has invested $200 million in education and reached one million students.

New Research Sheds Light On Filling The STEM Gap For Girls

April 05, 2018

Girls and young women remain less likely to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to a recently revealed report from Microsoft. The report, Closing The STEM Gap, exposes the clear chasm between the perceptions and realities of girls and young women contemplating their ‘role’ in STEM careers and the educational experiences required to build STEM competencies.

Lesson learned? Massive study finds lectures still dominate STEM education

April 04, 2018

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Marilyne Stains and her colleagues found that 55 percent of STEM classroom interactions consisted mostly of conventional lecturing, a style that prior research has identified as among the least effective at teaching and engaging students. Another 27 percent featured interactive lectures that had students participating in some group activities or answering multiple-choice questions with handheld clickers. Just 18 percent emphasized a student-centered style heavy on group work and discussions.

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