Education

80 Percent of Decision Makers in Technology and Engineering Agree There Is A Talent Gap, Modis Survey Finds

January 22, 2019

When assessing candidates for open roles, decision makers reported that on average, 43 percent of candidates lack the technical skills required for the role. Additionally, soft skills continue to be a concern for hiring managers when looking for the competencies that ensure workers are ready to succeed in the technology and engineering workforce. Respondents said communication (23 percent) and team work and interpersonal skills (22 percent) are the most difficult soft skills to find in candidates.

Paid professional development key to teaching STEM effectively

January 21, 2019

Perhaps it’s surprising that science teachers would find themselves in a classroom, themselves the ones eager to learn, but it really shouldn’t be. The foundation upon which science teachers base their curricula is shifting in many states, but in too many districts across the country, this shifting ground has not been accompanied by practical -- and paid -- opportunities for teachers to catch themselves up to where science instruction is headed.

Minority-Serving Schools Well Positioned to Fill STEM Workforce Gap

January 18, 2019

A group of higher education, government, nonprofit and business leaders believes that minority-serving colleges and universities are well positioned to serve as a "greater resource" for meeting U.S. STEM workforce needs. What's needed is more "attention" and "investment" to steer this diverse set of students to science, technology, engineering and math fields.

An Overlooked Solution for Diversifying STEM

January 16, 2019

For decades, researchers have tried to boost the very low success rates of first-generation, low-income and underserved minority students in STEM education in college. Yet while more students from these groups have been entering colleges and pursuing STEM majors, the vast majority still are not earning STEM degrees. According to recent statistics, only 29 percent of Latinx students, 25 percent of Native American students and 22 percent of black students complete a STEM degree within six years.

The Tech Education Con

January 16, 2019

While it may seem like these companies are competing in the education market simply to broaden their consumer base and give back a little, their collective strategy is much more concerning. Tech oligarchs are pushing skills like coding in education to train their own future labor force -- and pay them low wages.

Why Immigrants Are More Likely To Study STEM Than U.S.-Born Students

January 16, 2019

U.S. immigrant children are more likely than US.-born children to study and pursue careers in STEM fields, a new study by Duke University and Stanford finds. The researchers attribute these findings to the immigrant children’s comparative advantage in non-English-intensive subjects and comparative disadvantage in English-intensive subjects.

Alexa Can Help Kids With Homework, But Don't Forget Problem-Solving Skills

January 14, 2019

"Alexa, what's 5 minus 3?" A 6-year-old boy recently asked that question in a video, which went viral on Twitter with more than 8.5 million views. He leaned over his homework as his mother hovered in the doorway. Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated assistant, delivered a quick answer: 2. "Booooy," the mother chastised her son. It's cute, but it raises a question that's been on the minds of many parents and educators lately: How do virtual assistants like Alexa, which are increasingly common in households, affect children's learning experiences?

2019's Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals

January 13, 2019

STEM workers are in fierce demand, and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis, STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- professions grew at over twice the rate that non-STEM jobs did between 2009 and 2015. Most types of STEM jobs will also expand faster than all other occupations until 2024.

These 5 Trends Will Dominate STEM + Education In 2019

January 11, 2019

While 2018 was a momentous year for STEM education, with scientists and teachers running for office in unprecedented numbers and a steady stream of news reports on the value of a STEM degree, 2019 is gearing up to be even bigger. Today, my organization, 100Kin10, releases its annual Trends Report, a synthesis of thousands of data points that predict trends and “look-aheads” that will define STEM and education in 2019.

Holographic teachers were supposed to be part of our future. What happened?

January 10, 2019

Cast your mind back to the turn of last century. Experts predicted that by now classrooms would no longer feature human teachers, and holographic virtual entities would deliver lessons instead. This certainly hasn't happened. The closest we have come is group video chat via apps like FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts. But this doesn't mean holograms aren't part of our lives – they're just marketed differently.

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