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.

Modular Electronic Kit Building System For LEGO And STEM

May 15, 2017

If you are looking to learn more about electronics, teach electronic circuitry and design to STEM students or build LEGO projects with integrated electronics, in a new modular electronic system called the DFRobot BOSON might be worth more investigation.

Investing in America's data science and analytics talent

May 15, 2017

Today’s tight market for data science and analytics (DSA) skills involves data scientists, but it extends much further to existing job classifications from the C-suite to frontlines -- all of which are increasingly enabled by analytics. And when we look at the talent pool coming out of American colleges and universities, too few are likely have the skills employers are looking for.

The demand for data science skills

May 15, 2017

In 2011, McKinsey published the report Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity which made significant workforce projections and said that by 2018140,000-190,000 more deep analytical talent positions, and 1.5 million more data-savvy managers are needed to take full advantage of big data in the United States”.

DeVos: We're Just 'Scratching the Surface' of Ed with Tech

May 12, 2017

The new Secretary of the Department of Education told an audience of education innovators that she believed the role of technology in education has just begun to "scratch the surface," particularly in bringing "new opportunities" to rural populations.


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