The Impact of Smart Tablets on Early Childhood Education
Several years ago, many teachers began to experiment with using modern technology in their classrooms. Many parents got angry and caused a stir because they feared that using technology in the classroom would make students become so reliant on technology that they would never be able to appreciate the tangible educational resources many of us in earlier generations had grown accustomed to. Despite the backlash and push back, our country continues to see the growth in the usage of iPads and other tablets in the classroom.
Wearables Market Poised for Huge Growth in Education
The U.S. market for wearable technologies in education is expected to grow at a rate of nearly 46 percent per year through 2020, according to market research firm Technavio. Much of the growth in the wearables market will take place at colleges and universities, Technavio notes, as faculty use smartwatches, virtual reality (VR) headsets, fitness monitors and other wearable technologies to enhance student engagement -- and students use these devices to collect and analyze information.
China Tries to End Brain Drain, Lure Foreign-Educated Talent
Chen, who earned a doctorate in physiology at Michigan in 2008, has joined thousands of high-achieving overseas Chinese recruited to come home through the 1,000 Talents program, one of many state efforts launched in recent years to reverse a decades-long brain drain. China, the world's second-largest economy and one of the fastest-growing, sees a need to bring home more of its brightest as it works to transform its largely labor-intensive, low-tech economy into one fueled by innovation in science and technology.
How early can we introduce STEM education?
Although research suggests that students as young as preschool age would benefit from STEM education, experts point to a gap between what the research says and how much STEM-focused curriculum actually exists in preschools. In an effort to address the national need to guide more students to STEM careers, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers are developing curriculum which introduces STEM principles during the formative preschool years.
Classroom laptop bans make no sense
Google Chief Education Evangelist Jaime Casap’s oldest daughter scored a full ride to college on a swimming scholarship but she only lasted one semester out of frustration with the lack of technology at the school. She had been used to taking notes on her laptop in high school, for example, but was told she couldn’t bring her device into the college classroom.
Cyberspace is the new frontier, but where is our resolve for STEM education?
With the theft and leaking of Democratic National Committee data, dramatic headlines are filling the pages of our newspapers. Calls for action are heard daily. Whatever we might do in direct response, though, the best reaction over the long term might simply be quiet and sustained investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.
Could STEM scholarships for women be the key to closing the gender gap in tech?
It’s a complex issue with many roots that must be addressed through a number of thoughtfully connected solutions. STEM scholarships, one solution among many, begin to address these issues directly by providing key monetary resources, offering a sense of community among the recipients and sidestepping closed networks that limit access to mentorship and support for young women.
Building communities of research at tribal colleges
When is research about more than just the findings it produces? What about when it connects with heritage, allowing people to learn about, purify and preserve the lands they hold dear? Or when it holds the promise of a new career and new possibilities? Or when it involves building up a community of scientists and engineers, so that the current generation of researchers can teach the next one?
For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how
Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms. But when it comes to selecting ed-tech products or figuring out how to use them in the classroom, they could still learn something from the successful partnership between Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a charter network that serves the San Francisco Bay area, and Gooru, an ed-tech nonprofit.
Evidence of Tech Use for Learning in Classrooms Scanty
After conducting nearly 147,000 direct classroom observations of 20 minutes or more in K-12 schools in the United States and other countries, the organization concluded that "there are still relatively few classrooms in which students' use of digital tools and technology is a regular part of the school experience. The data is shared in AdvancED's report, "The Paradox of Classroom Technology: Despite Proliferation and Access, Students Not Using Technology for Learning."