Rep. McNerney Kicks off Women's History Month with Legislation to Empower Women in STEM

March 07, 2018

To celebrate Women’s History Month and to honor the contributions women have historically made in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) introduced a bill to expand opportunities for young women to pursue careers in STEM, and ensure the nation can continue to compete in the global economy.

University Leaders Should Expect a Shift in Measurement of Learning Outcomes

March 06, 2018

The tried-and-true credit hour is so entrenched in higher education, it’s hard to imagine a system that doesn’t measure students’ academic progress in units of classroom time. Generally speaking, if a student reaches 120 hours, he or she will be walking across the stage to claim a bachelor’s degree. But the conversation around learning outcomes is changing, in part because of new technology-supported capabilities.

'A Deal With the Devil': NPR Reporter Anya Kamenetz On Teaching With 'Addictive Tech' Like Facebook

March 06, 2018

NPR reporter Anya Kamenetz joins the EdSurge OnAir Podcast to discuss her new book, “The Art of Screentime: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life,” and offer listeners some answers to challenging questions about the ever-evolving education technology landscape.

EdTech in the classroom: Friend or foe?

March 06, 2018

Motivated by fairness and accessibility, personalized digital learning in the classrooms has become a topic of interest, and many sophisticated intelligent learning environments have been created to provide individual students with an appropriate level of tutoring, challenge, and engagement that will level the playing field for all students.

Indiana Approves Bill To Require Schools Offer Computer Science

March 06, 2018

House lawmakers unanimously passed legislation Monday to require all Indiana public schools to offer a computer science course. Nearly half of all Indiana public schools currently offer computer science classes.

How Do Teachers Integrate STEM into K-12 Classrooms?

March 05, 2018

A research team led by Michigan Technological University set out to find what makes STEM integration tick. Their research--published in the International Journal of STEM Education (DOI: 10.1186/s40594-018-0101-z)--followed several case studies to observe the impacts of low, medium and high degrees of integration within a classroom. They found that across the board the greatest challenge that teachers face is making explicit connections between STEM fields while balancing the need for context and student engagement.

Building a career ready workforce

March 04, 2018

Our educational institutions struggle to change at the same pace as technology, creating a gap between the skill sets required for today’s economy and the skills sets acquired in our learning institutions. An excellent point made by Daggett is that it is not that schools are failing it is that they are not keeping up with change.

STEM jobs for the masses

March 04, 2018

To make it in today’s economy, workers must have skills that employers value. With technology seemingly ubiquitous in virtually every field today, advanced degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) would appear to be the hottest demand. Over the last decade however, much of that emphasis has funneled down to STEM jobs that require less than a bachelor’s degree, and trade schools and community colleges have gained prominence in providing the training and education for tomorrow’s workforce.

Barbie's latest move? Teaching kids to code

March 02, 2018

Barbie no longer needs male technical support. The most iconic of American dolls came under fire in 2014 for a book titled “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” that was mocked as being “almost laughably sexist.” But under new management and in a more woke era, franchise owner Mattel now is working with education tech startup Tynker on a Barbie-themed curriculum to teach kids programming.

The CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative Announces Results of its First-of-its-Kind National Study Called, 'What Parents Talk About When They Talk about Learning'

March 02, 2018

What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science describes results from a national telephone survey of 1,442 parents with at least one three-to-six-year-old child living at home. The survey asked parents about their attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to early learning, science learning, and digital media use.


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