MOOCs Attracting More Paying Customers

February 16, 2018

Eight hundred-plus universities are part of the MOOC movement, wooing some 78 million students to their online classes, according to Class Central CEO Dhawal Shah. However, there were fewer first-time MOOC students taking free classes in 2017 than in 2016 -- 20 million vs. 23 million. One reason, suggested Sha, is that there's a rise in the number of paying users.

The Importance of Teachers in a Technology-driven World

February 15, 2018

In today’s technology-driven world, where more and more people are joining the debate about, what is personalized learning? Let’s discuss the traditional and the personalized way of learnings. Personalized learning is the learning through technology, the technology that can offer new tools which are powerful and well-designed, which can help teachers and students to customize their own ways of new learning.

Advancing women and girls in science

February 15, 2018

In their study of gender disparities in education and employment, Ana Maria Munoz-Boudet and Ana Revenga, two experts from the World Bank, found that gender gaps in STEM fields are common around the world. According to the authors, in 2013 only four countries in Europe produced a pool of STEM graduates that were at least 15 percent female. In the United States, despite women earning more degrees than men overall, they account for only 35 percent of the undergraduate degrees issued in STEM fields.

'Rewiring Education' offers view of Apple's role in shaping what's next for schools

February 15, 2018

In "Rewiring Education: How Can Technology Unlock Every Student's Potential," John D. Couch, Apple’s first vice president of education, provides an inside look at the company’s vision for the role technology has played in education, and the opportunities and obstacles that lie ahead.

Celebrating Career and Technical Education

February 15, 2018

Throughout Career and Technical Education Month this February, educators, students and the business community celebrate the value of career and technical education and the achievements of these programs across the country. Cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant curriculum helps youth and adults prepare for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.

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.


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