HBCUs' Relevance in Diversifying the STEM Workforce

March 26, 2018

Global scientific competitiveness of the United States depends on the nation’s ability to sustain and grow the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. An important approach to this goal is ensuring that groups historically underrepresented (HU) in STEM fields play larger roles that reflect their growth and strengthening influence in society.

Apple to return to its roots with education tools, cheaper iPads

March 25, 2018

In its first major product event of the year, Apple will return to its roots in the education market. The event on Tuesday at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago will mark the first time Apple has held a product launch geared toward education since 2012 when it unveiled a tool for designing e-books for the iPad. It’s also a rare occasion for an Apple confab outside its home state of California.

Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Tomorrow's Global Challenges? New Study Suggests We Have Work to Do.

March 22, 2018

As the agriculture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) communities celebrate National Ag Day, a new study released today found that more than 80 percent of high school science teachers surveyed think agricultural science is important, but only 22 percent say it makes up at least some of their lesson plans.

Interest in STEM Flat Among Graduates, with Severe Gaps Seen Among Underprivileged Groups

March 22, 2018

In spite of a concerted effort by educators, parents and policymakers over the last several years, STEM interest among high school graduates has remained virtually unchanged. Over the last six years, just under half of those who have taken the ACT test (48 percent to 49 percent) have indicated their intention to enter a STEM major or occupation during the test registration process or shown interest in the activities suggestive of a STEM interest.

The Best Education Technology Products to Enhance K-12 Classroom Collaboration & Connectivity

March 21, 2018

The best classroom collaboration strategies revolve around products that help teachers bring crystal-clear, detailed images into classrooms to engage students and enhance lessons by triggering the formation of lasting memories. Likewise, education tech should encourage a hands-on interactive learning approach by making it easy for students to collaborate with each other by seamlessly sharing images, both during class and at home.

STEM the shortage of black engineers

March 21, 2018

Simply put, our country needs more African-American engineers to continue our nation’s progress and fill talent gaps in manufacturing. It begins with a commitment by business leaders to support organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), which is holding its annual convention in Pittsburgh today through Sunday.

Ivanka Trump sees 'amazing' example of hands-on learning in Iowa

March 20, 2018

First daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump was “really impressed” by what she saw Monday at a school innovation center where students get hands-on experience in engineering, biosciences, insurance and business technology and communications, Gov. Kim Reynolds said.

New Analysis of Personalized Learning Programs Shows Reading Gains for Chicago Students

March 19, 2018

The private, charter, and traditional public schools studied are part of a Chicago cohort that’s been working with LEAP Innovations, a national personalized learning organization, to individualize student instruction by pairing schools with education technology and coaches who help teachers reimagine their instruction and classroom design.

Nonprofit Will Issue 'Digital Badges' for Science Units That Align With Standards

March 19, 2018

The nonprofit group Achieve, which advocates for better standards and assessments, has launched an interesting new initiative that brings together several trends: curricular alignment, digital badges or credentials, and open educational resources. The initiative is meant to respond to the continuing challenge of ensuring that, in the nearly 20 states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, the materials used for teaching and learning are aligned to the new expectations.

One Way To Get Kids Into STEM? Involve The Incredible Hulk

March 19, 2018

Kids love superheroes. Especially Marvel superheroes, and in particular the Incredible Hulk-who is the most popular Avenger among both boys and girls, ages four to six. That’s according to Bethany Koby, the CEO and cofounder of the children’s tech toy company Tech Will Save Us, which recently inked a multiyear partnership with Disney to integrate the company’s popular characters into TWSU’s toys.


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