Education

MOOCs, the IBM Simon and the iPhone

July 10, 2017

Are today’s MOOCs akin to the first generation of smart phones? Is edX / Coursera circa 2017 comparable to original (and largely forgotten) touch screen mobile phone / communications & computing device - the 1994 IBM Simon? There is a possibility that for all the wonderful benefits of open online education - and there are many - that MOOCs are an idea that is ahead of our time.

Will technology drive down the cost of college?

July 09, 2017

Technology has disrupted industry after industry, changing the landscape and usually resulting in lower costs to consumers. Ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft and the lodging app Airbnb are just a few examples. So here's an interesting question -- is technology, in the form of online courses, about to dramatically lower the soaring cost of higher education?

Three lucrative STEM jobs that require 2 years of college at most

July 09, 2017

What do the following jobs have in common? Mechatronics technician, Surgical technologist, Car mechanic or technician. They are potentially lucrative careers with solid job outlooks -- and the highest level of education required is an associate’s degree, only two years of college. Plus, they often are overlooked as job possibilities.

Teen girls' interest in STEM careers continues to lag boys' interest

July 09, 2017

The worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics aren’t just for boys. But, according to new research conducted for Junior Achievement, a national non-profit that teaches students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, only 11 percent of teen girls ages 13-17 are drawn to non-medical STEM careers versus 36 percent of boys.

In 2015, US institutions awarded most doctorates ever recorded

July 06, 2017

U.S. institutions in 2015 awarded 55,006 research doctorate degrees, the highest number ever reported, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), an annual census of research degree recipients. The report, published by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), supplies data and analysis for a vital U.S. economic interest: the American system of doctoral education.

Robots and Related Tech Play a Role in Advancing Curricula

July 06, 2017

Just as they have in manufacturing, defense, aerospace, transportation and dozens of other industries, robots and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing how humans teach and learn. Manifestations of robotic and AI teaching technology can already be seen in the educational sphere.

The top 10 graduate schools for tech talent

July 05, 2017

When tech talent is in short supply, the perceived value of graduate school shifts. For employers, the need to reach out and recruit graduate students before they sign elsewhere is greater, while fewer IT pros may see the need to go back to school to get ahead. But top engineering graduate schools offer a different equation, one where demand -- whether for the degree or for those holding the degree -- is always regardless of overall IT talent supply.

NEF Offers $40 Million STEM and Energy Matching Grants for K-12 Schools

July 05, 2017

The little-known federal funding program has $400 million currently available. NEF has set aside $40 million to provide the required 10 percent matching grant. NEF's academic partner, the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest U.S. university, will set up and maintain the mandated STEM+ Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, English, Social Studies, SAT/ACT, IT, Business) at no cost to the school district.

How You Can Use the Power of STEM to Change Lives

July 05, 2017

Lee Lambert of nonprofit Washington STEM is quick to point out STEM-based skills hiding in plain view. “Anyone in construction, that’s STEM – no one can add fractions like those people! That big warehouse on the way to work could be a carpet liquidator or it could be an advanced manufacturing facility that makes precision water knives to cut through carbon fiber. That’s a STEM job too.”

Drone STEM Summer Camp for Kids and Teens Launches in Cities Across the Country

July 05, 2017

Drobots Company, a national leader in providing kids and teens with interactive summer camp experiences, announced this week that it has initiated its rollout in 18 states and nearly 50 cities across the country. Drobots aims to revolutionize summer program offerings by combining technology, education, innovation, and teamwork to provide kids in grades 2-12 with an unforgettable experience and to move them away from computer screens to the outdoors.

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