Is Technology the "Elephant in the Room"?

February 14, 2018

Teaching and learning can no longer be extricated from conversations about apps and devices; and yet, the issue in education has never been about the medium - whether iPad, pencil, or quill and ink. Instead of thinking about technology as a thing, we need to consider it as a system.

House Unanimously Approves Building Blocks of STEM Act

February 14, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Building Blocks of STEM Act (H.R. 3397), sponsored by Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and cosponsored by Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.). The legislation directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support STEM education research focused on early childhood.

Real-world problem solving gives high schoolers a taste of STEM careers

February 13, 2018

For high school students across the Houston area, exploring STEM can range from preparing for a one-day innovation competition to attending a school-within-a-school that encourages science and technology careers. For students in Klein ISD's STEM program, that meant working to solve real-world problems.

Nintendo's Labo cardboard STEM toys are a recycling bin full of fun

February 13, 2018

The first thing you’re going to need if you want to play with Labo is a Nintendo Switch console, which is built around a 7-inch touchscreen and a pair of motion-sensing controllers called Joy-Cons. The Labo games come with a software disc and several sheets of cardboard, each of which is perforated so you can pop-up the required pieces for each project.

Solving Bottlenecks in STEM Employment

February 13, 2018

In December of 2017, the U.S. economy added 148,000 new jobs, closing the year out with 2.1 million more employees on the payroll. Healthy job gains, however, mask the fact that filling vacancies for high-skilled specialists like radiologists and engineers is still rather difficult. Solving these bottlenecks can help boost labor productivity and compensation going forward.

Harvard, Berkeley rank among 10 worst schools for free speech

February 13, 2018

Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley are used to being ranked among America’s top colleges, but a ranking issued by a campus watchdog on Monday isn’t much to write home about. Both schools are included on the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s annual list of the 10 worst colleges for free speech.

Tech Engages Today’s Students, But Teachers Need Support

February 12, 2018

This generation of students is beyond tech-savvy and could be described as tech-innate. Since this group has grown up in a high-tech society, they think spatially and in 4D, which is different than past generations. As digital leaders, it is important to cultivate systemic conditions in education that support and nurture a growth mindset for these students, while allowing them to utilize their technical expertise.

Idaho panel passes STEM diploma bill

February 11, 2018

The Idaho Senate Education Committee passed Thursday a bill to recognize students excelling in STEM disciplines with a special diploma. The bill, SB 1267, would recognize public school and public charter school students who complete more science and math classes than the three years required by the state.

Online courses only beneficial for certain demographics, prompting self-reflection

February 09, 2018

There’s been a surge of staggering evidence claiming the growth of online education hinders the success of students who need it the most: Less proficient students who are in need of face-to-face time with skilled educators. These types of students tend to take more online coursework and do significantly worse than students who took the same class in a traditional setting.

Just How Shallow is the Artificial Intelligence Talent Pool?

February 09, 2018

Everyone agrees that the competition to hire people who know how to build artificial intelligence systems is intense. It’s turned once-staid academic conferences into frenzied meet markets for corporate recruiters and driven the salaries of the top researchers to seven-figures. But how scarce AI talent really is has been something of an industry mystery.


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