Education

This Is Why We Need More Latinas In STEM

May 10, 2017

I’ve seen firsthand how an education in math or science can change a family’s story in one generation. That’s why I wrote my master’s thesis on Latinas in STEM and launched the Eva Longoria Foundation to enable more Latinas to break the cycle of poverty. Since 2013, my foundation’s STEM education programs have helped more than 1,600 young women develop technology skills.

Free online math tool plots new course for old graphing calculators

May 09, 2017

Young people these days live most of their lives online, so why shouldn’t they be plotting graphs and performing advanced calculations there as well? For the first time this spring, students taking basic skills tests nationwide will be using a free, online, embedded graphing calculator that its developer says may finally bring the tool into the 21st century.

Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft Battle for K-12 Market, and Loyalties of Educators

May 09, 2017

If there’s a common thread that unites the rival technology giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft in the education market, it’s this: They’re big. The three major tech companies -- along with Amazon, a relatively new player on the scene -- go head-to-head in vying for big chunks of school business, most notably in sales of devices and operating systems, and they try to forge their own paths in others.

Girl Scouts CEO urges young girls to be fearless in science

May 09, 2017

For Sylvia Acevedo, interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, a degree in engineering wasn't an obvious path. Today she encourages other young girls to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and advises them not to be daunted by the fact that you could be the only girl in the classroom.

Bill to Revamp Career and Technical Education Law Introduced in House

May 08, 2017

Legislation to overhaul the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was introduced on Thursday in the House of Representatives. The bill is similar in several respects to legislation the House passed last year that grants states more flexibility over spending and priorities.

Immersive Education Has Promise, but a Long Way to Go

May 08, 2017

Virtual reality (VR) technologies are slowly, albeit selectively, showing up in U.S. schools as educational tools. And there are efforts to bring them to schools in developing countries as well. But given the challenges, some experts say it is too early to even consider their impact on education.

Career-technical education opens pathways to college, careers

May 08, 2017

Today's career-technical education is far from the vocational schools of the 1970s. In the modern world of career-technical education (often referred to as CTE), students are preparing for the jobs of tomorrow using state-of-the-art equipment and technology in a hands-on learning environment.

These Revolutionary Programs Are Helping Native American Kids Chase Careers In Science, Technology, And Engineering

May 07, 2017

Many of us grew up in the era of “no child left behind.” It’s such an amazing sentiment. We are one of the richest nations on earth. Doing better, especially by our kids, should be inalienable. Yet, kids still are being left behind; in fact, it’s distressingly common and far too often overlooked. Among these forgotten children are tens of thousands of Americans born into poverty on American Indian Reservations.

How to Prepare for an Automated Future

May 07, 2017

We don’t know how quickly machines will displace people’s jobs, or how many they’ll take, but we know it’s happening -- not just to factory workers but also to money managers, dermatologists and retail workers. The logical response seems to be to educate people differently, so they’re prepared to work alongside the robots or do the jobs that machines can’t. But how to do that, and whether training can outpace automation, are open questions.

$8 Billion a Year on Ed Tech, but Does It Work? Experts Call for Better Research at Unique D.C. Symposium

May 05, 2017

The $8 billion–plus ed tech industry has ballooned in recent years as tech tools flood K-12 and higher education to adapt classrooms now largely occupied by digital natives. The primary source for federal ed tech funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act is authorized at $1.65 billion. And while investments in the market slowed last year, private dollars continue to drive massive growth and innovation in the sector.

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