Education

Can Grade-Skipping Close the STEM Gender Gap?

April 24, 2017

Creating more opportunities for super-bright girls to skip grades might be one of the most viable ways to open cracks in the glass ceiling that has plagued STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields for decades. But these days, young children are far more likely to be “redshirted” -- held back from school to allow extra time for physical, socioemotional, or intellectual growth -- than they are to charge ahead of their same-age peers.

Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything

April 23, 2017

Education technology providers dangle the promise of transforming classrooms and equipping previously disengaged students with the skills to become lifelong learners. Yet few can demonstrably support their arguments with strong evidence. So how can we expect a teacher or administrator with limited budget and time to separate what works from what doesn’t?

Butterfield advises students to stay informed, earn their degrees

April 23, 2017

Butterfield said students need to make the most of their college experience. “I want you to absorb all of this knowledge that is around you and get your degree from school, and then if you are so inclined, to go on to graduate school or go into your professions or whatever your career happens to be, be the best that you can be.” The best jobs in the future are forecast to be in the field of science, technology, engineering and math, Butterfield said.

To Succeed In STEM, Learn To Fail

April 23, 2017

It’s wise to consider a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Opportunities for professionals in these fields should continue to expand in the years ahead. But, there’s one major hurdle a lot of young people seem to be struggling to clear. These days, many students aren’t so great at failing.

5 Ways Technology Is Improving Education

April 23, 2017

The 21st century has brought a revolution to the world of education both over distances and in the classroom. The days of the traditional learning models of the world are numbered as we enter a digital, global educational arena. We can already see the effects of these new technologies on education today and here are five of the main ways technology is improving education.

Flourish or Fail: The Best, Worst U.S. Cities for STEM Professionals in 2017

April 20, 2017

Analysts from WalletHub used 17 key metrics to compare STEM job markets in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas. The 17 metrics were used to evaluate two dimensions—“professional opportunities” and “STEM-friendly environment.” Examples of the metrics include share of workforce in STEM and STEM-employment growth, which both received double-weight points, R&D spending and R&D intensity, quality of engineering universities and family-friendliness, among others.

NASA and Texas instruments Launch STEM-Related Virtual Scavenger Hunt

April 20, 2017

NASA and Texas Instruments (TI) today (4/19) launched “The Search for STEMnauts,” a virtual scavenger hunt designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each week for the next six weeks, students in sixth through 12th grade will be challenged to solve space-related puzzles for a chance to unlock virtual reward points.

Mobile Learning, Cybersecurity Are Top Priorites for Ed-Tech Leaders

April 19, 2017

Efforts to improve mobile learning, boost broadband capacity, and tighten cybersecurity are the three top priorities in 2017 for educational technology leaders in K-12 school systems, according to a new survey by the Consortium for School Networking, which represents school district chief technology officers around the country.

Women in Tech: The Missing Demographic

April 18, 2017

Advanced Placement classes teach curriculum designed by the College Board, and are offered to high school students as college-preparatory classes. Following completion of the course, students may take an optional AP Exam to demonstrate their mastery of the course content, and potentially earn college credit. While AP classes are not the only way to learn this content, participation in this curriculum provides a lens for analyzing equity in STEM education.

Increased Role Models and Inclusive Environments Entice Women into STEM Fields

April 18, 2017

Earlier this year, after discovering that female students only had a 34 percent STEM course completion, Coursera, a popular online course provider, decided to run a test. One hypothesis is that seeing other women in STEM could encourage female learners and help close the gap,” a Coursera blog reports.

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