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4 Features You Can Now Get by Paying for MOOCs

April 10, 2016

While learners around the world turn to MOOCs for free information, some online students look to these courses to build additional skills that can boost their careers. As a result, the major MOOC providers edX and Coursera are shifting to business models where students have options to pay for credentials and multi-course specializations, in some cases enabling them access to instructor feedback and student interaction that aren't typically offered otherwise.

The three Rs and an S

April 10, 2016

While the three Rs of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic are certainly foundational subjects for Maryland students, there is an important letter missing -- an 'S' for science. Science should be seen as a core subject for our children, not just an afterthought or add-on reserved for a subset of our student body.

Helping to level the AP playing field: Why eighth grade math matters more than you think

April 10, 2016

For years, many schools across the U.S. have offered qualified students the ability to take advanced-level courses apart from many of their fellow students in a practice known as tracking. New data released in the 2016 Brown Center Report on American Education shed light on tracking, who it applies to, and its implications for student achievement and equity in American schools.

3 things young women need to know about STEM careers

April 10, 2016

Barclay, who manages exploration and space communications projects for NASA, was the keynote speaker for the annual event held at the Lancaster Country Club. This year’s program focused on the theme of advancing women in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math. “Space isn't that far away. A career in STEM isn't that far away,” Barclay said after describing the experiences that led her to enter the engineering field.

Why It Matters Where You Go to College as a STEM Major

April 08, 2016

You may have gotten at impression from recent studies and advice suggesting that techies do well no matter where they attend college. However, a MONEY analysis of the earnings of students who majored in science, technology, engineering, and math found there is actually a wide variation and that some colleges are more likely to produce dropouts or debt-laden graduates than Silicon Valley success stories.

How to combat bias in STEM

April 07, 2016

Dr. Tonya Matthews, President and CEO of the Michigan Science Center, writes about what we can do to resist bias against girls in science education and hiring. Googling “teaching girls about bias" might ruin your day. The top results are not encouraging.

littleBits Breaks Down Gender Stereotypes at White House Panel on Media and Toys

April 07, 2016

The April 6th event, entitled “Helping Our Children Explore, Learn and Dream Without Limits: Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Media and Toys,” re-ignited the cultural dialogue around gender equality. Ms. Bdeir’s presentation highlighted how littleBits has successfully bridged the gender gap with its gender-neutral platform, inspiring young girls and young boys to embrace STEAM (Science, Technology, Art and Mathematics) through invention-based learning

Understanding the Origins of Ed-Tech Snake Oil

April 07, 2016

Personalized learning! Adaptive learning! Brain science! Learning science! Big data! New and improved! The marketing for "personalized" educational products can feel a little like a late-night infomercial. Rather than getting common-sense explanations of how the products work or being provided with peer-reviewed research to justify ambitious (if vague) claims, we are simply reassured that a product works because it is "based on the science of neuroplasticity."

TV-Show-Inspired Website Cultivates STEM Experience

April 07, 2016

PBS's Design Squad, a television series repurposed into an interactive website, now includes Design Squad Global (DSG), where kids from all around the world can share engineering and STEM ideas. DSG expands cross-cultural understanding among participants and raises awareness about global issues that are solvable using available resources.

STEM Program Takes Latina Girls to Stanford and Beyond

April 06, 2016

A Bay Area program aims to show young Latina girls that they can have a career working with computers in STEM fields. The program, which takes place partially at Stanford University and is sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in San Jose along with a host of business partners, aims to encourage and support young Mexican-American girls in under-served communities to consider STEM as an educational and career pathway.

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