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STEM students who learn by example may miss key concepts, study finds

May 18, 2017

No matter how smart, well-prepared or hard-working, many college students struggle with rigorous introductory science courses because their approach to learning fails to provide a working knowledge of abstract concepts that underlie examples presented in the classroom, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

Transforming Education to be More Personal with Technology

May 18, 2017

One of the ultimate goals of using technology in the classroom is to help students personalize their learning experience as much as possible to meet their individual needs. Many digital devices, various types of software, and types of learning platforms are needed to make this happen.

How Google Has Not Taken Over the Higher Ed Classroom

May 17, 2017

The combination of the Chromebook and the G Suite for Education (Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts, etc.) has indeed take the K-12 world by storm.  Half of all primary and secondary students - some 30 million future postsecondary customers - use Google software and/or hardware in their schools. Why hasn’t Google achieved this sort of traction in higher ed?

5 Ways Students Should Be Connected Beyond Technology

May 17, 2017

Being connected. When we hear it, most of us instantly think of technology. Connecting through technology is important. It gives us a chance to maintain relationships with friends and family who may live far away from us. For those of us in education, it has helped us create relationships with people on-line because they have the same interests in topics like leadership, social-emotional learning, technology or literacy.

Your College Major Isn't Your Destiny, Even With A STEM Degree

May 16, 2017

If you've ever wondered how much a particular college major -- such as nursing, computer science or art history -- defines your destiny, check out this new interactive data tool from the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project. The key message: every major, including the technical cluster, brings more career flexibility than we realize.

How Google Took Over the Classroom

May 16, 2017

In the space of just five years, Google has helped upend the sales methods companies use to place their products in classrooms. It has enlisted teachers and administrators to promote Google’s products to other schools. It has directly reached out to educators to test its products -- effectively bypassing senior district officials. And it has outmaneuvered Apple and Microsoft with a powerful combination of low-cost laptops, called Chromebooks, and free classroom apps.

Startup targets the TI calculators your kid lugs to class

May 16, 2017

“We think students shouldn’t have to purchase this old technology that predates the internet,” said Eli Luberoff, the company founder. “This market is shifting. A monopoly is crumbling.” Calculators such as the TI-84 are a staple for most college-bound students in the U.S. They retail for about $100, with fancier models going for more than twice that. According to Desmos, they’re made with old, underpowered technology that’s no match for the capabilities of even a mid-range smartphone or low-end laptop.

'Girls Who Code' club at Hamilton school overflowing

May 16, 2017

Dozens of young girls spend an hour of their school day sitting engrossed on computers at a Hamilton elementary, working to crack the code to later success in technology studies and perhaps even careers. Welcome to Highland Elementary’s “Girls Who Code” club -- a first-year experiment in teaching young girls computer program coding -- and one of the growing local examples of a booming national trend of exposing young students to creative aspects of computer science.

LittleBot: Slant Robotics' 3D printed STEM learning tool for kids hits Kickstarter

May 16, 2017

Slant Robotics, a robotics company from Boise, Idaho, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest toy: a 3D printed Arduino robot geared towards promoting STEM education. Called LittleBot, the cute 3D printed device is particularly focused on teaching kids engineering, programming, and robotics.

What's Trending in Ed Tech So Far This Year?

May 15, 2017

Despite slow growth in other consumer markets, Futuresource Consulting reports that sales of laptops, tablets and mobile devices in the education sector grew 18 percent year over year from 2015 to 2016, and 2017 is on par for continued growth. These numbers fortify the investment that technology giants like Google and Microsoft have made, reports the press release from Futuresource.

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