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Technology propels traditional classrooms toward future

February 01, 2017

Oxley explained how he uses technology to help students express their ideas within his classroom. “Some of my students are a little apprehensive in a traditional classroom situation,” Oxley said. “If I open up discussion and put questions on our Canvas site, they might be apprehensive in person, but they feel completely comfortable so they write wonderful responses to questions and discussions online.” Scott Allen, the Center for Teaching and Learning instructional designer, agrees that technology has become a key part of the traditional classroom.

Enhancing STEM Learning Using Virtual Reality

January 31, 2017

By presenting a complete view of the world by use of virtual reality, teachers can help offer a new opportunity to students that will close some of the pedagogical gaps that have appeared off and on throughout the duration of the 21st-century classroom environment. These gaps generated from the fact that the curriculum and content in our education have not caught up with one another yet. In other words, education has not caught up with technology advancements.

You Can Now Give Your Kids a Monthly STEM Toy Box Subscription

January 31, 2017

Amazon’s STEM Club is a monthly subscription that delivers handpicked, high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math toys for $19.99 a month. The service is broken into three categories of age ranges: 3-4, 5-7, and 8-13. Toys include math games, chemistry sets, robotics kits, etc.

Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Announce New 'Siemens STEM Day' Online Program to Spark Students’ Interest In Real-World Applications of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

January 31, 2017

In addition to more than 130 elementary and middle school activities, the Siemens STEM Day site now offers high school resources designed to support STEM curriculum and instruction with digital content. To celebrate the initiative’s launch, Siemens STEM Day is also hosting The Possibility Grant Sweepstakes, which offers schools the chance to win up to $10,000 to go toward STEM education.

By age 6, gender stereotypes can affect girls' choices

January 30, 2017

Women account for more than half the U.S. population, but only 30 percent of those employed as scientists and engineers in the country. Researchers are investigating several possible factors that contribute to this disparity -- including the societal stereotype that associates intellectual talent more closely with men than women, according to a new study.

Free Planning Tool Guides Teachers to Optimal Device Usage

January 30, 2017

An education technology company with literacy products has launched a free online tool to help teachers apply a blended learning model in their classrooms, whether they're running a 1-to-1 program or having students share devices. ThinkCERCA released the "Classroom Planning Tool" specifically to help users figure out how to implement its own software, but the models provided in the tool could really be used with other curricula as well.

Four cautionary lessons about education technology

January 29, 2017

There is no denying that governments around the world are expanding investments in education technology, from inputs that students use directly (like Kenya’s project to put tablets in schools) to digital resources to improve the education system (like Rio de Janeiro’s school management system). As public and private school systems continue to integrate technology into their classrooms, remember that education technology comes with risks.

Are education and opportunity at odds in higher education today?

January 29, 2017

College and opportunity have always been intertwined, yet the relationship can be paradoxical.  Education has been called the silver bullet to poverty.  As an extension of that, higher education can be assumed to offer egalitarian opportunity.  David Leonhardt’s article titled “America’s Great Working-Class Colleges” gives me pause about this relationship, and, as always, technology both solves and exacerbates the problem.

ASEE Statement on Federal Investment in Engineering Education

January 29, 2017

As a new administration and Congress assume office, ASEE urges that bipartisan support for engineering education and research continue and, if possible, increase. Policymakers have long recognized the contribution of engineering to national security and to advances in healthcare, energy independence, and efficient infrastructure.

Department of Education Issues Guide to STEM Funding Through ESSA

January 29, 2017

Ensuring that all students have access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is fundamental to the U.S. Department of Education's goal of providing equitable educational opportunities so that all students are prepared to succeed in college, careers, and life.

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