Education

Here’s how to leverage federal funds for STEM education

May 03, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance around leveraging federal funds for STEM education in an attempt to close the equity and opportunity gaps that persist for historically underserved students. A letter directed to states, school districts and schools offers examples of how federal funds can serve to support the development, implementation and expansion of STEM education and learning experiences to improve student achievement.

Technology's changes in our schools

May 02, 2016

What does the future of public education look like? I get excited, but also nervous, about the future. Before we look at the future we should review the past and see how much education has changed since the days of the one-room schoolhouse. In this article I will present some facts about the past as well as provide some research from experts looking into their crystal balls.

STEM education needs revision

May 02, 2016

In the last decade or two, fundamental changes are taking hold in how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are actually performed. Globally, we are making significant and accelerating progress in moving the frontiers of the natural sciences, engineering disciplines and mathematical methods employed in many economic domains from their traditional techniques to new kinds of applied computational science.

Logistics Goes to School: Why STEM Degrees Are the Future of Logistics

May 02, 2016

The logistics industry continues to be reshaped by technologies such as Big Data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), drone delivery and algorithm-based forecasting. Keeping pace with these changes is an increasing demand for logisticians who can accurately and proficiently use this technology.

Can tech teach kids to teach themselves? XPRIZE, Google, and the UN team up to find out

May 02, 2016

XPRIZE is hoping that tech can help where humanitarian efforts have yet to make a dent -- and putting $15 million on the line to that end, with the help of Google and the United Nations. The goal is to create a software and hardware platform that will allow kids anywhere -- but in Tanzania, to start -- to pursue their own literacy education without the need for any top-down organization whatsoever.

Will this new ‘socially assistive robot’ from MIT Media Lab (or its progeny) replace teachers?

May 01, 2016

Researchers in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, led by Cynthia Breazeal, PhD, have developed a powerful new “socially assistive” robot called Tega that senses the affective (emotional/feeling) state of a learner, and based on those cues, creates a personalized motivational strategy. But what are the implications for the future of education … and society?

Career education making a comeback in US high schools

May 01, 2016

Decades after "shop class" became known as a lesser alternative for children deemed unfit for college, vocational education is making a comeback in many of the nation's high schools. States such as California, Colorado and Louisiana are looking to rebranded "career pathways" that combine technical training with academics built around an industry theme as a way to get more young people to pursue some post-secondary education -- whether it's a certificate from a two-year school or a four-year degree.

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