Education

Why I'm Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

June 19, 2017

Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, innovators have often over-promised and under-delivered, causing many smart people to wonder if we’re now in a frothy bubble of irrational exuberance, most eloquently summarized by Audrey Watters in Hack Education, who worries that “education technology [merely] serves as a ’Trojan Horse’ of sorts, carrying... the ideology of Silicon Valley [into public schools].”

Why One Napa School Is Opting Out of Online Learning

June 19, 2017

Nestled among rows of wine grapes, Stone Bridge School is a K-8 independent charter school in Napa County. On a recent afternoon, 28 first-graders sang during their main lesson. They can sing, paint, dance and sew. But what they don’t do -- and are discouraged from -- is use computers.

Buying into our STEM Future

June 19, 2017

What is happening here? Americans love science and technology. We flock to see "Star Wars." Who hasn't said, "May the Force be with you" in their lifetime? Yet, even for successful high school graduates, the reality can be dark. The growth of STEM jobs is outpacing the number of qualified university graduates. Why is the Force hiding from us?

Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships

June 19, 2017

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that will cut back the federal government’s role in creating and monitoring apprenticeship programs, a move that the White House says will help fill vacant jobs.

Gov. Holcomb Announces First STEM Team Award Winners

June 19, 2017

The awards highlight Indiana's elite high school students for their work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each winner received a $1,000 college scholarship through Indiana's CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan, letterman jackets identifying them as members of the Governor's STEM Team and tickets to Gen Con Indy--the longest-running gaming convention in the world.

Is online education right for you?

June 18, 2017

As recently as 2014, more than five million students were enrolled in online or "distance learning" programs at post-secondary institutions that grant degrees, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. That's nearly one-third of all such students.

Naples mom writes books that inspire little girls to dream big

June 18, 2017

Years ago Kristi Grigsby's daughter asked her a question she struggled to answer. "What is an engineer?" her then-little girl, Jennifer, wanted to know. "I didn't know," Grigsby said. "I couldn't explain it to her." Grigsby knows a lot more now -- and she is making sure other parents and little girls do too through her new STEM Girls Books series. That's STEM as in science, technology, engineering and math.

3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement

June 16, 2017

Involving parents in their children’s progress in the classroom has long been shown to significantly increase student outcomes. With parent engagement top of mind in many school districts–partly because the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires it–teachers can benefit from these best practices from peers for using education technology to get, and keep, parents engaged.

Florida's iDigFossils program uses giant 3D printed shark teeth to get kids into STEM subjects

June 16, 2017

A new educational curriculum established by the University of Florida and the Florida Museum of National History is using 3D printing technology to bring kids closer to our pre-historic forebears. The program is known as iDigFossils, and a report in Paleontological Society Special Publications titled ''3-D Fossils for K-12 Education: A Case Example Using the Giant Extinct Sharkcarcharocles Megalodon’' suggests that it is having great success.

Kids, Education and Engineering

June 15, 2017

While plenty of STEM lessons cover science, math and even technology, engineering is often left out. This dedicated educator has figured out numerous ways to bring the "E" into the classroom to help those other topics become more real for the youngest students.

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