21st Century After-school Programs Connect Kids to Careers, Advocates Tell Congress

June 12, 2017

Big manufacturing companies in Alabama are looking for skilled workers for jobs they say they can’t fill. After-school programs can provide the connection, he said, because they engage kids in a different way than school does. In schools, kids are doing reading, writing and arithmetic, Morin said.  “They don’t see the real-world relevance [of what they’re studying],” he said.

Challenger Center would give kids a real-world feel for space science

June 11, 2017

If all goes as planned, New Hampshire, where Christa McAuliffe taught youngsters to "reach for the stars," will be getting a Challenger Learning Center. Southern New Hampshire University has applied to the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education for approval to build one of the hands-on learning centers on its Manchester campus.

A Model for Preparing STEM Teachers

June 08, 2017

The shortage of high-quality STEM teachers has long been a problem in national efforts to improve K-12 STEM education. This has colleges and universities looking to explore innovative approaches to strengthen the preparation of STEM teachers and to recruit STEM majors into teacher preparation programs.

Light a Fuse: How one state's teachers are sparking digital innovation

June 08, 2017

All across Rhode Island, schools are experimenting with the ways technology can help teachers tailor-fit lessons to the unique needs of each student. It’s called personalized learning, and trying to understand how it unfolds in a classroom is not easy. It’s best understood by seeing it in person, and this model classroom provided that view.

Can Technology Turbo-Charge K-12 Learning? Chan Zuckerberg Is Betting On It

June 07, 2017

In its work on education, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is betting big on personalized learning. This focus sets CZI apart from many foundations piloted by living donors, which have tended to seek changes in school systems, especially by promoting choice and charters. But for the philanthropic organization started by pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, the most exciting possible goal is to revolutionize how kids learn.

Mark Zuckerberg's dream for education is for kids to learn mostly without teachers

June 07, 2017

Microsoft peddles laptops. Google touts services such as collaborative calendars and spreadsheet-making software. After building their businesses on products that students use, it’s not surprising that tech giants -- from actual computer companies to other Silicon Valley darlings like Salesforce and Netflix -- are wedging their way into education itself, especially as the US market for education technology is predicted to bloom to $21 billion by 2020.

FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education

June 07, 2017

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was established in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, who is famed for the invention of the Segway, but has also invented many other devices, including portable insulin and dialysis machines and water purification systems.

With First Mars Mission Approaching, Few Teachers Believe Students Interested In Subjects That Would Lead Them To Space Exploration Careers

June 06, 2017

A strong future Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce is vital to sending humans to Mars, yet a new survey commissioned by Lockheed Martin shows about a third of U.S. middle school and high school teachers (36 percent) see enthusiasm from their students about STEM learning.

Survey Explores How Tech Will Shape the Workforce for Upcoming Graduates

June 06, 2017

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that about 70 percent of respondents (tech industry experts and higher education thought leaders alike) say that new educational and training programs will need to emerge to successfully prepare large numbers of employees for the new skills they’ll need.

The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America's Schools

June 06, 2017

In the space of just a few years, technology giants have begun remaking the very nature of schooling on a vast scale, using some of the same techniques that have made their companies linchpins of the American economy. Through their philanthropy, they are influencing the subjects that schools teach, the classroom tools that teachers choose and fundamental approaches to learning.


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