Education

'Ignite My Future' Aims to Change Learning

April 12, 2017

Using extracurricular activities and after-school programs to pique students' interests in science, technology, engineering and math careers is a common trend. An initiative, "Ignite My Future in Schools," takes a different approach by encouraging teachers to incorporate STEM activities into their day-to-day classroom syllabi and make classes more interactive for students.

The sound of inclusion: Why teachers' words matter

April 11, 2017

There isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. Scientists and scholars come from a wide variety of backgrounds and speak in different ways, in different accents, dialects and languages. In classrooms across the U.S., students do too. No student (or teacher) leaves their language patterns at the door when they enter a classroom - even classes like math and science, where language is often seen as secondary.

There isn't enough STEM in my coffee

April 11, 2017

The liberal arts and humanities curricula of our state’s universities need to be adjusted. More than these students simply and deeply immersing themselves in literature and theory and commentary, they need some introduction or background in STEM to contextualize the kind of issues they’ll be asked to face -- in not just the coming job market, but in all our future society’s framework.

Avatars May Change And Transform The Role Of Teachers In Education

April 10, 2017

Avatars basically give a computerized human form to advanced artificial intelligence. It may very well upend the roles of teachers and transform education in the future. AI covers everything. Technology has advanced that even virtual pharmacists aid workers in spotting potential adverse drug reactions based on past histories and current prescription regimes.

States All Over the Map on Setting Computer Science Policy

April 10, 2017

And right now, there are major differences in how states have approached strategy, standards, and other state-level computer science education initiatives. For instance, seven states now have standards for computer science education and 22 have teacher licensure standards for the subject. Those aren't the same states as those that require high schools to offer computer science, or those that have created a state computer science position.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Learning (And 7 Ways to Repent)

April 09, 2017

Education technology is riddled with temptations and false promises. But if you ask Mark Brown, a professor and director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University in Ireland, problems such as falling for hype around new technology is an absolute moral dilemma. He’s caved in before.

5 All-Too-Common Ways Edtech Implementations Fail

April 09, 2017

On the surface, adopting technology to support teacher needs or student challenges isn’t terribly complex: define the problem you’re trying to solve, identify the right tools for the job, and implement the tools effectively and with fidelity. In practice, these areas are fraught with challenges. End users are too often removed from the decision-making process during procurement.

Overuse of technology in education needs regulation

April 09, 2017

Public reliance on the internet and technology can have a negative impact on students in the form of internet dependence. The problem begins with the integration of the internet and homework assignments. In order to maintain the quality of education, it is important to balance the use of technology within the classroom.

Paid internships could help eliminate workforce skills gap, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito say

April 06, 2017

Despite being known as one of the most innovative states in the country, Massachusetts has a hard time filling positions in the STEM field with workers who are equipped with those skills. State officials are trying to fill that gap with collaboration between educators, the workforce and economic development professionals with an initiative that kicked off Wednesday at Worcester Technical High School.

'Herding Blind Cats': How Do You Lead a Class Full of Students Wearing VR Headsets?

April 06, 2017

“When you have a headset on, it’s a relative vulnerable position you’re in--you’re essentially blindfolded,” says Kyle Bowen, director of education technology services for the university. “You’ve probably heard the saying ‘herding cats.’ In this case you’re herding blind cats.” Bowen says his team is working to create software that can trigger several 360-degree videos to start exactly at the same time, so that a professor and students will all experience a similar scene, even as each can look in different directions.

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