Integrating IT in U.S. Classrooms
Roughly 90,000 U.S. elementary schools welcome children most weekdays, and from the time those students cross the classroom threshold until the final bell in the afternoon, they are exposed to technology. Some schools have more tech integrated into the curriculum than others, though that is changing. Common Core State Standards expect knowledge to be “collaborated on, published and shared.” That is done through various technological means, including pdfs, printing, publishing to blogs and wikis, sharing via Google docs, etc.
Half of Americans think young people don’t pursue STEM because it is too hard
When Americans are asked why more students don’t pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), they are most likely to point to the difficulty of these subjects, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. About half of adults (52%) say the main reason young people don’t pursue STEM degrees is they think these subjects are too hard.
Can eLearning Close the Gender Gap?
Women face at least two ongoing educational obstacles. First, there is substantial evidence that girls continue to get streamed out of STEM programs, if not in middle or high school, at least by the time they arrive in university. Indeed, most computer science and engineering programs have yet to tip the 20% mark when it comes to graduating women.
Where Education Tech Is Going In 2018
Despite more global investment in EdTech, not much happened in 2017. Here’s a look at where the innovation is happening this year. Given exponential change in the #FutureofWork, a growing number of schools, districts and networks are adopting new student learning goals. Some describe it as an updated profile of a graduate.
STEM Education Needs More Shop Floors
Over the next decade, an estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. will go unfilled. A 2014 study by Deloitte reports that the manufacturing skills gap will drive this deficit. According to the same study, about 70 percent of manufacturing CEOs say their workforce currently lacks technology, computer, basic technical and problem solving skills, while 78 percent said these shortcomings will hamper technological growth in U.S. manufacturing.
Behavioral Nudging Model Increases Persistence in STEM Majors at Community Colleges
Through a joint initiative by Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Persistence Plus, approximately 10,000 students at four leading community colleges in the United States are receiving personalized text message "nudges" that keep them on the path toward college completion and STEM success. A randomized trial this past summer with nearly 2,000 students showed that STEM students who received the nudges returned for the 2017 fall semester at a rate 10 percentage points higher than a control group of students who did not receive nudges. These are very promising results.
STEM majors are the most confident about job prospects, survey finds
College students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) are confident about their job prospects. In fact, in a recent survey, they expressed more confidence than their peers who are pursuing degrees in the liberal arts, business or public service.
Stark Gender, Racial Gaps Persist in Engineering, Computer Science
In analyzing data from the Texas Education Research Center, SWE researchers found that less than 4 percent of female students chose engineering or computer science (ECS) majors compared to nearly 20 percent of men across two- and four-year institutions in the state. Evidence of a slight decrease in ECS major declarations among women comes despite more women than men enrolling in college each year.
Google Offers Online Course in Jobs Push Amid Concerns About AI
Google has poured billions into artificial intelligence, a technology that many expect will render jobs across several fields obsolete. Last year, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai introduced a companywide initiative focused on employment. He announced Google would give $1 billion over five years to nonprofits in the field.
6 of the best new coding toys for kids - Best of CES 2018
In years past, some coding toys seemed too complex, too boring, too expensive. But this year gives me hope that we’re coming a long way in terms of getting kids excited about STEM skills and coding basics, and giving them plenty of options to find the one that best appeals to them. Here, just a few favorites.