Education

Why colleges must change how they teach calculus

February 04, 2018

Math departments fail too many calculus students and do not adequately prepare those they pass. That is the message heard from engineering colleges across the country. Calculus has often been viewed as a tool for screening who should be allowed into engineering programs. But it appears to be failing in that regard, too.

What a Pentagon Report from the Year 2000 Got Right About Cyber War

February 04, 2018

The defense secretary for a newly elected president is entering his third month in office when a chilling report crosses his desk warning of the catastrophic damage an enemy could visit on the U.S. with a cyberattack. Such an attack, the report warns, could cripple the U.S. economy. It could strike with no warning. It could be launched asymmetrically by an enemy that’s much weaker than the U.S. in traditional military might.

NSB releases policy companion statement on U.S. need for STEM-capable workforce

February 02, 2018

Today, the National Science Board (NSB, Board) released its policy companion statement to Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, “Our nation’s future competitiveness relies on building a STEM-capable U.S. workforce.” The statement underscores the Board’s view that growing the nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is critical for our economy and global competitiveness. It offers recommendations for strengthening a diverse STEM-capable U.S. workforce inclusive of all levels of education.

Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System - Level Alignment

February 01, 2018

Employers in every sector have emphasized the need for a well-rounded, highly skilled workforce. Recent survey data indicates that over 90% of business leaders think American workers are not as skilled as they need to be. According to the Business Roundtable, CEOs around the country have noticed a particular gap in “employability skills” such as effective communication, critical thinking,teamwork, and problem-solving. To address this gap, youth development leaders, including those in the afterschool sector, have worked to provide high quality skill-building experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

Coding as a Literacy for the 21st Century

February 01, 2018

The idea of teaching coding to children is not new. Back in the late 1960s, my mentor at MIT, Seymour Papert, developed the first programming language for children, called LOGO. Although computers were big, expensive machines that occupied full rooms, Seymour anticipated that the technology would get smaller and the thinking bigger. That is to say, children could learn how to think in new ways by programming these devices. At the time, this was a novel idea. Today, few people would disagree with this statement.

Why is STEM Important? Why Do We Keep Talking About it?

January 30, 2018

STEM is important because our world depends on it. The economy, our general well-being—it’s all backed by science, technology, engineering, and math. Thus, when we refer to STEM, it’s not just coding and lab coats. It’s the underpinning of manufacturing, food production, health care, and so much more that frankly, we might take for granted, but surely can’t live without.

Virtual Reality 'Class Kits' Expected to Gain Foothold in U.S. Schools

January 30, 2018

More than 15 percent of U.S. schools are forecast to have a VR class kit by 2021, and globally more than 70 million K-12 students are expected to have a VR experience in school in that year, Davis said. China’s K-12 market is also expected to see significant VR adoption in the mid- to long-term, he said.

Windows And The Future Of Education

January 29, 2018

Getting kids technology that is more focused on education than entertainment and questionable communication and assuring they know how to use it is therefore critical to their, and our, future. Microsoft this week announced 10 Products that use Windows 10 S that are both more affordable and safer than most other alternatives.

Meet the 2018 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame

January 29, 2018

U.S. News & World Report is pleased to announce the 2018 STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, named in advance of this year's U.S. News STEM Solutions Presents Workforce of Tomorrow conference, which will be held April 4-6 in Washington. U.S. News looked for leaders who have achieved measurable results in the science, technology, engineering and math fields; challenged established processes and conventional wisdom; inspired a shared vision; and motivated aspiring STEM professionals.

As schools continue to digitize and automate, where do teachers fit in?

January 29, 2018

Advances in technology have meant a world of change in schools. Yes, proponents of “disruption” tend to argue that students are basically sitting in time capsules from the industrial era, but technology has made schools look and run very differently, both on the operations side and the instructional side.

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