Education

Tech Engages Today’s Students, But Teachers Need Support

February 12, 2018

This generation of students is beyond tech-savvy and could be described as tech-innate. Since this group has grown up in a high-tech society, they think spatially and in 4D, which is different than past generations. As digital leaders, it is important to cultivate systemic conditions in education that support and nurture a growth mindset for these students, while allowing them to utilize their technical expertise.

Idaho panel passes STEM diploma bill

February 11, 2018

The Idaho Senate Education Committee passed Thursday a bill to recognize students excelling in STEM disciplines with a special diploma. The bill, SB 1267, would recognize public school and public charter school students who complete more science and math classes than the three years required by the state.

Online courses only beneficial for certain demographics, prompting self-reflection

February 09, 2018

There’s been a surge of staggering evidence claiming the growth of online education hinders the success of students who need it the most: Less proficient students who are in need of face-to-face time with skilled educators. These types of students tend to take more online coursework and do significantly worse than students who took the same class in a traditional setting.

Just How Shallow is the Artificial Intelligence Talent Pool?

February 09, 2018

Everyone agrees that the competition to hire people who know how to build artificial intelligence systems is intense. It’s turned once-staid academic conferences into frenzied meet markets for corporate recruiters and driven the salaries of the top researchers to seven-figures. But how scarce AI talent really is has been something of an industry mystery.

Tech Companies Are Buying Their Own Education Research. That's a Problem

February 08, 2018

Last month, a pair of Apple shareholders demanded in an open letter that the company address growing concerns about children's addiction to their products. In light of research on the detrimental effects of electronic-media use, investment firm JANA Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System argued, parents need better resources to make sure children are using devices "in an optimal manner."

The importance of STEM support for teachers

February 08, 2018

In January, Discovery Education debuted STEM Connect, a web-based supplemental K-8 resource, developed with the input of educators and curriculum experts, which helps educators create engaging STEM lessons that strengthen students’ critical-thinking skills.

Teachers and Technology Must Not Be an Either/Or Dichotomy

February 06, 2018

We must either: integrate technology or support teachers; teach traditionally or personalize learning; support districts or support charters; fund edtech or fund schools; individualize learning or humanize instruction. As oversimplified as the above statements may seem, recent public discourse around ongoing trends in K-12 education has fallen into this trap of two-sided, black-and-white debates.

Drone STEM Education: Don’t Miss an Opportunity to Introduce the Next Generation of Flight

February 05, 2018

We live in a world where technology is changing so quickly that career counseling, planning and educational choices must be based on forecasts of job availability. Technology is progressing in every industry, including aviation and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), making it essential that we prepare our young people for future careers in this arena.

Survey Results Reveal Rapidly Increasing Technology Adoption by U.S. School Districts

February 05, 2018

Kajeet, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity, today announced results from its recent survey exploring how Internet-enabled devices are used in classrooms. Kajeet collected feedback from 451 school administrators across the country, discovering the latest about Internet and device use inside and outside the classroom, mobile device and classroom management tools, and other technologies being used by schools around the country.

Why colleges must change how they teach calculus

February 04, 2018

Math departments fail too many calculus students and do not adequately prepare those they pass. That is the message heard from engineering colleges across the country. Calculus has often been viewed as a tool for screening who should be allowed into engineering programs. But it appears to be failing in that regard, too.

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