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3 Tips to Maximize the Impact of Immersive Technology in the Classroom

September 16, 2018

Immersive technologies such as virtual reality and 3D scanning are becoming so hot that educators across the country are beginning to roll them out for students of all ages. The problem is that, while technologies blending elements of the physical and digital worlds in simulated environments offer enormous academic value, too many institutions fall prey to what I call the “buy it and forget it” approach.

Dem introduces bill to create federal cybersecurity apprenticeship program

September 14, 2018

Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) on Thursday unveiled legislation to create a Department of Labor grant program for apprenticeships in cybersecurity. The bipartisan bill, known as the “Cyber Ready Workforce Act,” would establish grants to help create, implement and expand registered apprenticeship programs for cybersecurity.

The 21st century digital workplace makes mathematics inescapable

September 13, 2018

The mathematics discipline usually strikes fear into the hearts of most students and working-age adults in the U.S. A Google Scholar search of the terms “mathematics,” “students,” and “fear” returned 237,000 academic publications offering commentary on the subject; it is therefore not a stretch to assume that ‘math anxiety’ may be partially to blame for statistics such as the U.S. ranking 31st out of 35 OECD countries in mathematics...

Female Role Models Empower Young Girls to Pursue STEM Careers in Latest Ad Council Campaign

September 13, 2018

Understanding that representation undoubtedly matters, the Ad Council has partnered with GE, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Verizon, to launch “She Can STEM” a campaign geared toward the encouragement of young girls to engage their interests in related careers. “She Can STEM” features a trio of 30-second ads, each showing a group of young girls shadowing a female professional in three completely different areas STEM...

littleBits Launches New Line of Invention Kits to Inspire Kids to be Changemakers

September 13, 2018

littleBits, the inventor of the electronic building block, is using kids' own passions to get them excited about STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at home and at school. Today, the company introduced a line of three new inventor kits that challenge kids to build fun, playful inventions and give them the lifelong skills necessary to change the world.

America's High-Tech STEM Crisis

September 12, 2018

America is in a race for high-tech supremacy with China. The question is, whether we will have enough future engineers and scientists to secure our lead in that race; or whether, for the first time, leadership in advanced technologies will pass to a leading geopolitical and economic competitor.

K-12 teachers are not confident in their ability to teach technology

September 11, 2018

A study published this week by global consulting firm PwC finds that children are not prepared for jobs of the future, in part because teachers say they aren’t equipped to teach them higher-level tech skills.

Tech or no tech, effective learning is all about teaching

September 10, 2018

As millions of students head back to school, families are probably wondering if those shiny new devices, apps, and even games that are becoming a typical part of the school day are good for learning. As an education researcher focused on blended learning, I am often asked if education technology “works.” The underlying question here for all of us, myself included, is: “Based on the current evidence, do I want my child’s educational experience to include ed tech?”

Women around world can be empowered with education

September 09, 2018

Education in science, technology, engineering and math fields can be the road to economic empowerment for women around the world. But unfortunately, girls often face significant barriers that restrict access to STEM education. According to a United Nations study of 14 countries, the percentage of women graduating with a bachelor’s degree in a field related to science is 18 percent.

Supporting computer science education through IT innovation

September 09, 2018

CS education has moved from a "nice to have" to a "must have," and districts nationwide are grappling the challenge of implementing a new K-12 discipline in an already full school day and resource-constrained system. Fortunately, many states and districts have already launched CS education initiatives, and forged a path for others to follow, like St. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado.

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