STEM Education Emphasizes Procedure over Knowledge

February 27, 2019

Traditional education practices emphasize teaching students the answer (As if every problem has one specific answer or only one predetermined outcome). As well intended as these practices may seem, it is not the reality our students will meet in their futures.  In reality, every situation has multiple, possible outcomes and there are normally several solutions to every problem.  What our students need to learn how to do is to determine which is the best solution or best outcome.

Amazon to fund computer science courses in over 1,000 US high schools

February 26, 2019

Amazon’s recent investments in NYC educational initiatives will continue, despite the company pulling its HQ2 plans for the area. But the company isn’t stopping there. Today, Amazon announced it will bring computer science courses to more than 1,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The classes, which are funded through Amazon’s Future Engineer program, will reach tens of thousands of students nationwide.

How to teach digital literacy skills at the right time

February 25, 2019

The technology and core standards of organizations such as ISTE, CSTA, and Common Core State Initiative stipulate that students need foundational digital literacy skills to demonstrate writing, reading, and mathematical achievement. It is imperative that students are prepared to enter high school ready for the rigors of writing advanced essays, conducting internet research, engaging in data collection, presenting ideas and drawing conclusions.

US female workers with doctorates in science, engineering, and health fields increasing

February 24, 2019

In 1997, less than one-fourth (23 percent) of the U.S.-trained SEH doctorate holders working in the U.S. were women. Twenty years later, that number had increased to 35 percent. While these percentages demonstrate a significant increase, they show that female participation is still lagging behind women’s share of the U.S. population. In the report, the NSF researchers also examined the growth in the number of female U.S.-trained SEH doctorate holders in several broadly defined S&T occupations...

Parenthood derails the careers of many in STEM, especially women

February 21, 2019

Almost half of women and a quarter of men leave careers in science, technology, engineering and math after they have their first child, a new study shows. Researchers found that 43 percent of women and 23 percent of men walk away from full-time STEM jobs after starting a family, according to the study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Check out these 10 AR apps for your classroom--coding not required

February 20, 2019

For teachers who have always wanted to use augmented reality (AR)--tech that overlays content on top of the real world--but haven’t had the chance to explore it, Jaime Donally has heard you. In her presentation “Creating Classroom Content in Augmented Reality,” she gave attendees some inside help on which apps to use in the classroom. With programs ranging from beginner level to current AR practitioners, she offered 10 apps that can help educators get started with no coding skills needed.

Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams for Education: Find the Blended Learning Tool that Works Best

February 20, 2019

There are a number of digital classroom offerings available for K–12 teachers to use. However, none are more widely adopted than Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. While both have similar features, they each offer unique tools that suit some classrooms better than others.

Can AI Pass the Grade When It Comes to Teaching and Learning?

February 19, 2019

AI has been used in ed tech classroom applications for some time. Like smart speakers in homes, AI-powered tools in schools are growing at an exponential rate. But their level of effectiveness in meeting student-learning outcomes is a topic of much debate. A recent RAND Corporation report takes a long look at the research on AI in education and comes away with an “it depends” answer on its level of effectiveness, and “not so much” on whether educators need worry about AI replacing them in classrooms anytime soon.

Guard leaders participate in STEM event, mentor students

February 17, 2019

Leaders from throughout the National Guard joined other Service members in mentoring more than 400 high school and college students during the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Global Competitiveness Conference, held recently in Washington, D.C. The event allowed students to gain insight from Guard leaders, many of whom have STEM backgrounds.

Wilbur Ross, Ivanka Trump Introduce Workforce Advisory Board

February 14, 2019

The chief executives of Apple Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Walmart Inc., are among 25 prominent Americans who will shape Trump administration efforts to develop job training programs to meet the changing demands of U.S. employers. The creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, announced by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump on Wednesday, will work with the National Council for the American Worker established last July by an executive order.


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