Gender diversity in STEM: 'Let's change the world together'

January 26, 2017

Universities across the U.S. have developed programs to attract women and under-represented minorities to the STEM disciplines. So why aren’t such efforts translating into more of these students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math and continuing on to a career in research or academia? At Wake Forest University, students, faculty and administrators are tackling that question through formal research, departmental evaluations and innovative outreach.

Online Tutoring Market Driven by the Increased Emphasis to Succeed in Entrance Examinations

January 25, 2017

The global online tutoring market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 14% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report. In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global online tutoring market for 2017-2021. By type of courses offered, this market is divided into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and language segments.

Google for Education intros two Chromebooks with stylus capability

January 25, 2017

Schools love Chromebooks, so Google for Education has launched two new models they can choose from: the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and the Asus Chromebook C213. Both devices have touchscreen displays and come with a low-cost stylus that resembles #2 pencils kids can use to take notes. The stylus has an eraser just like a real pencil does, though its version obviously deals with digital mistakes. Plus, kids can easily share and replace it, since it doesn't need to be charged or paired. The feature sounds especially useful for science and math subjects that require students to write out formulas and equations.

How Computer Science Changed My Career for the Better

January 25, 2017

As any business leader can attest, the world has become increasingly complex. To navigate in that world, they need all of the help they can get -- and one powerful tool is a grounding in STEM. Technology and science are not only central to today’s business landscape, but they’re often the keys to progress.

The $7 Billion School Improvement Grant Program: Greatest Failure in the History of the U.S. Department of Education?

January 25, 2017

The final IES report on the School Improvement Grant program is devastating to Arne Duncan’s and the Obama administration’s education legacy. A major evaluation commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education and conducted by two highly respected research institutions delivered a crushing verdict: The program failed and failed badly. (The Washington Post’s article by Emma Brown does an exceptional job recounting the administration’s $7 billion folly.)

Why I Dislike Educational Technology, But Love Online Learning

January 24, 2017

How can one dislike educational technology but also love online learning? Simple. Technology has - at least until now - been more of a force for ill than for good in higher education. Our edtech tribe has consistently over-promised and under-delivered on the potential and benefits of technology. We have done too little to put the educator at the center of our efforts.

Science Education Strengthens Communities

January 24, 2017

Programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) strengthen our communities. It is a process that creates informed citizens who don’t fall prey easily to false news stories or pandering governmental candidates. An informed voter base can think for themselves to elect the right people who will build a better country.

Assess Class Schedule Options in Online Degree Programs

January 23, 2017

Currently pursuing a master's degree in horticultural sciences at North Carolina State University -- Raleigh, Ammons juggles her education with raising her children. Luckily, she says, she can enroll on a part-time basis, often completing about seven credit hours each term. But experts say online programs vary in how they structure their academic calendars and course schedules for each term - an important consideration for online students, who are also often busy with a job or family responsibilities.

MdBio Foundation to Unveil Nation's Largest, Most Advanced Mobile STEM Lab

January 23, 2017

The MdBio Foundation, a non-profit that provides STEM education and workforce development to underserved communities, will unveil its new mobile laboratory, the Mobile eXploration Lab (MXLab), in Annapolis, Md., on January 24. The event will include an open house and tour of the MXLab, as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Gov. Larry Hogan, state officials and business leaders.

States Need to Embrace Data-Driven Education

January 23, 2017

Even as the technology-driven march of progress continues to reshape industries from automakers to financial service providers, the forces of innovation come to a screeching halt at the doors of most schools. Instead of using data to personalize instruction, most educators adopt a one-size-fits-all strategy that fails all but the most “average” child.


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