Education

E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning

October 04, 2017

E-rate provides schools with the bandwidth they need to take advantage of mobile computing devices and to support digital-learning classrooms with online videos, cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools, and online testing. Recently, the government attempted to streamline and simplify the application process with a new online application portal, but it remains a challenging process with stringent deadlines and rules.

A teacher's tips on how to get kids excited about STEM

October 03, 2017

"We are increasingly asked to make decisions on issues such as health care, environment, food, and energy where a solid foundation of STEM knowledge is essential," said Huff, a teacher at Mill Middle School. "Unfortunately, we have yet to commit the time and resources to STEM education to ensure all students of New York State acquire these skills."

India's IBM conquest is an ominous sign for American industry

October 03, 2017

While India is flourishing under the outsourced labor market scenario, the U.S. worker finds himself competing on an unfair playing field. It costs roughly $100,000 to produce a competent software engineer in the U.S. The average cost of producing a software engineer in India is roughly $20,000, with the Indian government picking up the tab in many cases.

A 'New Normal' in STEM Teaching?

October 03, 2017

Science instructors increasingly are moving beyond the lecture to more innovative -- and effective -- teaching methods. But professors with a taste for change often enact it alone, as their colleagues continue to lecture.

Teaching kids to code isn't just about tech jobs--it's about preparing for the future

October 02, 2017

Learning to code teaches kids the mental discipline for breaking down problems logically and then solving them—a skillset that everyone can use. “We don’t expect all students to become computer scientists,” says Troy Williams, computer science integration manager at Chicago Public Schools. “But all students, no matter what their career [goals], can benefit from computational thinking.”

About a third of Americans would tell a high schooler seeking career advice to enter a STEM-related field

October 02, 2017

Americans tend to differ over the best career advice to give high school students, with younger adults urging them to follow their dreams and older Americans telling them they should enter occupations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in May.

STEM education and broadband access are key to software job growth

October 01, 2017

On the national level, software contributes $1.14 trillion to U.S. GDP and supports more than 10 million jobs. Software directly created 2.9 million jobs in 2016 – good-paying jobs covering everything from the obvious ones, like software developers and web designers, to the less obvious, like project coordinators, administrative assistants, and accountants.

3 Lessons Learned From Education Technology Research

September 28, 2017

School district administrators and principals are inundated with salesmen peddling computers and software programs. Many claim that scientific research proves their wares work. Can they be believed? The researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an organization inside the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scoured academic journals, the internet and evaluation databases and found only 113 studies on using technology in schools that were scientifically rigorous.

SWE Joins STEM Leaders in Responding to Administration's STEM Budget Request

September 28, 2017

“We appreciate the White House’s action to elevate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the Department of Education. While we look forward to more details on how this will work, we applaud the Trump Administration’s recognition of the connections between STEM skills and the best American jobs in the global economy. Although we differ with the President on funding levels for education programs at the Department, we certainly agree about the need to prioritize federal investments in STEM education – both in and outside the classroom. Our future depends on success in STEM.”

Ivanka Trump, Microsoft president talk coding, STEM at Middleburg Community Charter School

September 28, 2017

Middleburg Community Charter School students had a special surprise Wednesday morning. Senior Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, visited a fifth-grade coding class before speaking to the entire school. Trump was joined by Microsoft President Brad Smith and Hadi Partovi, founder of code.org and the Hour of Code program, to speak on the importance of STEM, computer science and coding.

Pages

Subscribe to Education