Survey Explores How Tech Will Shape the Workforce for Upcoming Graduates
A recent Pew Research Center survey found that about 70 percent of respondents (tech industry experts and higher education thought leaders alike) say that new educational and training programs will need to emerge to successfully prepare large numbers of employees for the new skills they’ll need.
The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America's Schools
In the space of just a few years, technology giants have begun remaking the very nature of schooling on a vast scale, using some of the same techniques that have made their companies linchpins of the American economy. Through their philanthropy, they are influencing the subjects that schools teach, the classroom tools that teachers choose and fundamental approaches to learning.
Ed Tech Companies Miss the Boat on Solving College Problems
Only one in seven education "insiders" (15 percent) believe that higher education tech companies are "solving the right problems." Three in 10 expect online learning to see more expansion between now and 2020 compared to any other new model or tech that could surface in education.
How Teacher Preparation Programs Impact Student STEM Achievement
Policymakers and education leaders have long been calling for a focus on STEM in K-12 education in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the need for high-quality STEM teachers as the driving force behind increased student achievement in STEM. Teacher preparation programs, and differences among programs, play a significant role in producing effective STEM teachers.
For Ed Tech that Actually Works, Embrace the Science of Learning
As education technology gains an increasing presence in American schools, the big question being asked is, “Does it work?” But as curricula and learning tools are prepared for rigorous evaluation, we should think about how existing research on teaching and learning have informed their design.
Pharmaceutical Industry Urges Better K-12 STEM Education to Close Skills Gap & Avoid Worker Shortage
America’s pharmaceutical industry, a $333 billion business employing 854,000 people, is predicting a huge shortage of skilled employees over the next eight years - a deficit blamed in part on a lack of high-quality STEM education in U.S. K-12 schools.
Next-Generation Science Tests Slowly Take Shape
Around the country, science instruction is changing—students are being asked to make models, analyze data, construct arguments, and design solutions in ways that far exceed schools' previous goals. That means science testing, of course, needs to change as well.
Modular Boson Kit Turns Kids Into Master Builders
Children’s toys have come a long way -- from the Frisbee to the Kano, Easy Bake Oven to Dash and Dot. The latest plaything, available now to pre-order on Kickstarter, is designed to inspire a new generation of inventors.
How math education can catch up to the 21st century
There’s a growing interest in emphasizing problem-solving and understanding concepts over skills and procedures. While memorized skills and procedures are useful, knowing the underlying meanings and understanding how they work builds problem-solving skills so that students may go beyond solving the standard book chapter problem.
Design Camp Teaches Girls Fashion, Engineering and 3D Printing
San Francisco-based startup KiraKira’s approach to engaging girls is to make STEM topics fun and practical. The company combines fashion design, engineering, and 3D printing for an experience that stimulates and educates young minds. KiraKira offers summer design camps and popup studios. The company is also working on custom lesson plans for educators to use in their classrooms.