Education

Google is filling high school classrooms with Androids and Chromebooks - but the kids just want iPhones

December 19, 2018

The usage of Google products isn't unique to Lodewyk's public school in Bay City, Michigan. There are 80 million educators and students globally using G Suite for Education, which allows users to access Gmail, Google Cloud, Google Docs, and other productivity tools. In 2017, Chromebooks and other Google devices made up 58% of all devices purchased for US classrooms, according to Futuresource data.

Think the Talent Shortage is Bad Now? Just Wait.

December 19, 2018

For much of the last 10 years, employers have enjoyed a relative abundance of talent across most job functions. The Great Recession’s layoffs, consolidations, restructuring, and offshoring meant that there were more workers in the US than job vacancies. Yes, it continued to be tough to find skilled workers such as maintenance technicians, engineers, and nurses, but most companies were able to have their choice of candidates from a pool of talent hungry for work.

The Missing Tech Giant in Education Technology

December 18, 2018

Is Amazon a sleeping giant of edtech? Or one of its biggest, underreported failures? Those are questions to which my answers have varied, especially this year. But now I can definitively answer yes. To both. As someone who lives in Seattle and has both worked in education technology as an executive and analyst, and observed the tech sector as a columnist, Amazon is inescapable.

#BlackGirlMagic: Black women in STEM are driving forward -- educators need to catch up

December 18, 2018

The need for more scientists and engineers is a persistent issue plaguing industries throughout the United States. Several initiatives created to prioritize science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools are helping educators prepare more diverse students and workers for STEM fields. However, these efforts might be falling short when it comes to representation of people of color, according to a University of Missouri researcher.

2018 in Review: New Edtech

December 18, 2018

Our rundown of new edtech this year spans technology that has been in development for decades to that which has not yet been widely adopted or even brought to market in a viable way. Many of these products and services have hundreds of millions in venture capital backing them; others have been entirely bootstrapped by their developers.

Put STEM toys on shopping list to entertain, inspire

December 17, 2018

From programmable drones and growing crystals to coding robots kids build themselves, toys based on science, technology, engineering and math are expected to grow globally close to 10 percent in the next few years, according to a report by Technavio. Besides making fun holiday gifts this year, STEM toys can open up a world of possibilities according to experts.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Today’s Students and Digital Learning

December 17, 2018

Technology has changed the way learning takes place in today’s education. Unlike the past where learning computers was a lesson among other lessons, digital technology is currently a classroom tool that enables students to study just any subject. It has also helped tutors to develop more interactive classes and engage the students in the running processes. Here are ten things that everyone should know about today’s students and digital learning.

How VR is being used to help children with learning disabilities, autism

December 16, 2018

The United States Department of Education is betting on virtual reality to help students with high-functioning autism and learning disabilities in schools across the country. This month the Office of Special Education and Programs announced its investment of $2.5 million toward a new program that will use VR to nurture social skills in students with disabilities - an extension on earlier funding for versions of the program designed for desktop and tablets in 2011.

The Education Equation: What the numbers say about the state of U.S. public K-12 schools

December 14, 2018

Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO and current L.A. Clippers owner, talks about the numbers behind education on the second episode of Numbers Geek from GeekWire, in partnership with USAFacts, Ballmer’s not-for-profit, non-partisan civic data initiative.

How Is Higher Ed Helping To Close The Global Knowledge Gap?

December 13, 2018

The widening skills gap in many burgeoning industries is a topic that frequently gets included in front page news on the future of work. Much emphasis is placed on how companies are struggling to find job candidates with the right qualifications and education, but less is placed on how educational institutions are responding.

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