White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push
The White House announced Monday evening a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and math education, setting forth what it calls a "North Star" that "charts a course for the Nation's success." "It represents an urgent call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities, and employers," the White House plan reads.
5 Ways To Address The Widening Skills Gap
In industries across the board, job openings outnumber qualified applicants -- and it’s only going to get worse. According to research released earlier this year by the Korn Ferry Institute, the existing talent shortage will reach its worst levels in 2030, when an expected 85.2 million job openings will go unfilled worldwide.
Teachers across America are obsessed with Google products - here's how Apple and Microsoft plan to win them back
Google has steadily taken over the ed-tech market with its super-cheap Chromebooks and user-friendly education management software. In 2017, Chromebooks and other Google devices made up 58% of all devices purchased for US classrooms, according to Futuresource data. That figure was a mere 5% in 2012.
Trump emphasizes workforce training in new vision for STEM education
The White House announced Monday evening a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and math education, setting forth what it calls a "North Star" that "charts a course for the Nation's success." "It represents an urgent call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities, and employers," the White House plan reads. The administration's goal is threefold: for every American to master basic STEM concepts, like computational thinking, in order to respond to technological change; to increase access to STEM among historically underserved students; and to encourage students to pursue STEM careers.
Microsoft commits $10M to Code.org as survey finds obstacles to teaching computer science
Underqualified. Overwhelmed. Underfunded. Those are among the reasons teachers give, in a new survey, as to why they or other educators at their school don’t teach students computer science -- on the first day of the annual Computer Science Education Week.
A shortage of computer science teachers is putting the workforce at risk
While the workforce fails to keep up with the demand for workers with STEM skills, American schools struggle to meet the need for STEM education. The root of both problems is the same: a dire shortage of teachers qualified to teach computer science. This is true at both the K-12 and college levels.
How K–12 Schools Envision the Future of Education
Rachel Gorton, instructional technology coordinator for Minnesota’s Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, talks to EdTech about making technology as transparent as possible, so that student learning can shine through.
NSTA Unveils List of the 2019 Best STEM Books for K-12 Students
The National Science Teachers Association today announced its third annual list of "Best STEM Books K-12." This list--selected by volunteer educators and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council--provides recommendations about the best trade books with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content available for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Age of Retraining: How Employers Are Working to Upskill Employees and Stave Off the Rise of the Machines
When economists and editorialists speak in worried tones about America’s “skills gap,” they’re referring to the mounting number of jobs that require some degree of technical know-how and the relative dearth of qualified candidates to fill them. For Traci Tapani, the phenomenon is no mere abstraction. It’s a potential company killer.
An Insider's View into the Edtech Market for Artificial Intelligence
Educators have often wished they could personalize academics for each student in their classroom. Until now, teachers were instructed to aim their lessons at the middle portion of their class. They lacked the ability to incorporate meaningful and practical lessons into the school day. However, this is all changing as more edtech starts to feature artificial intelligence. Bringing this technology into the classroom could disrupt the entire way that education is handled in our current system.