Math Education Is STEM Education!

May 21, 2017

I support STEM education -- including science, technology, and engineering. But I support STEM education, as Michael Shaughnessy wrote, from the perspective of “political advocacy.” As mathematics educators, it is incumbent on us to be advocates for STEM education because advocacy for STEM education is advocacy for mathematics education.

The 'Googlification' of America's classrooms - and what it means for your schools

May 21, 2017

Google’s dominance as a global search engine and device-maker is well-known to everyone who uses a laptop or a smartphone -- and even those who don’t. And its foray into other industries like self-driving cars, drones, and scientific research shows the company isn’t afraid to move into new verticals. One of those verticals is K12 education.

What Do Low-Income Parents Think of Education Tech?

May 18, 2017

When it comes to providing access to technology, many experts are concerned about the digital divide between high-income and low-income students, particularly in the home. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent research lab (and part of the Sesame Workshop) that focuses on the challenges of education in the changing world, researched how the parents of these low-income students feel about technology.

How to Prepare Kids to Excel in Jobs that Don't Exist Yet

May 18, 2017

The task before Washington STEM Teacher of the Month and CenturyLink grant recipient Doug Ferguson isn’t just challenging - it’s a bit vague, too. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Integration Specialist recognizes that “by some estimates, more than half of the jobs our Kindergarteners will have don’t exist yet.” Still, Ferguson and his colleagues are rising to the challenge before them.

Can a Career Tech Ed. School Be Too Popular?

May 18, 2017

It's the chance of a lifetime, but it's also a regular part of students' experience at their elite public high school, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology. It's a full-time career-and-technical-education program offered by a countywide vocational district. Acceptance rates at MAST rival those at some of the most selective universities. Seats are coveted for good reason: They funnel students into impressive colleges, and jobs in marine science, engineering, and other fields.

STEM students who learn by example may miss key concepts, study finds

May 18, 2017

No matter how smart, well-prepared or hard-working, many college students struggle with rigorous introductory science courses because their approach to learning fails to provide a working knowledge of abstract concepts that underlie examples presented in the classroom, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

Transforming Education to be More Personal with Technology

May 18, 2017

One of the ultimate goals of using technology in the classroom is to help students personalize their learning experience as much as possible to meet their individual needs. Many digital devices, various types of software, and types of learning platforms are needed to make this happen.

How Google Has Not Taken Over the Higher Ed Classroom

May 17, 2017

The combination of the Chromebook and the G Suite for Education (Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts, etc.) has indeed take the K-12 world by storm.  Half of all primary and secondary students - some 30 million future postsecondary customers - use Google software and/or hardware in their schools. Why hasn’t Google achieved this sort of traction in higher ed?

5 Ways Students Should Be Connected Beyond Technology

May 17, 2017

Being connected. When we hear it, most of us instantly think of technology. Connecting through technology is important. It gives us a chance to maintain relationships with friends and family who may live far away from us. For those of us in education, it has helped us create relationships with people on-line because they have the same interests in topics like leadership, social-emotional learning, technology or literacy.

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.


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