Meet the 2018 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame

January 29, 2018

U.S. News & World Report is pleased to announce the 2018 STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, named in advance of this year's U.S. News STEM Solutions Presents Workforce of Tomorrow conference, which will be held April 4-6 in Washington. U.S. News looked for leaders who have achieved measurable results in the science, technology, engineering and math fields; challenged established processes and conventional wisdom; inspired a shared vision; and motivated aspiring STEM professionals.

As schools continue to digitize and automate, where do teachers fit in?

January 29, 2018

Advances in technology have meant a world of change in schools. Yes, proponents of “disruption” tend to argue that students are basically sitting in time capsules from the industrial era, but technology has made schools look and run very differently, both on the operations side and the instructional side.

Microsoft Doubles Down On Education With 'Minecraft,' LEGO, And More

January 28, 2018

The Windows maker is looking to entice students to learn more about STEM and enjoy the experience at the same time. For instance, Minecraft will soon get a Chemistry Update that will be utilized for students to experience "hands-on experimentation" on building compounds, the purpose of which is to stimulate the young minds and steer them into the basic concepts of chemistry.

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here's What They Said.

January 28, 2018

At the end of the day, edtech can feel like one more thing on a teacher’s plate. From IBM’s test scoring machines in the 1930s to the Speak & Spells of the 70s, innovators and educators have been trying to improve education with technology for decades. But these efforts have fallen short of meaningfully transforming learning.

Google for Education Launches Beta for 'Create Your Own' Virtual Reality Experience

January 28, 2018

Educators and their students can now be part of a beta program to create their own Google Expeditions virtual reality experiences. The opportunity was unveiled this week at Bett, the world’s largest educational technology show here. Classes enrolled in what Google calls its “pioneer program” will be able to create their own immersive virtual experiences with a 360-degree camera and the Google app.

H-1B reform bill seeks to expand annual quota

January 26, 2018

Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake introduced legislation on Thursday that aims to increase the annual quota of H-1B visas from 65,000 to 85,000. The H-1B is a common work visa granted to high-skilled foreigners to work at companies in the U.S. It's valid for three years, and can be renewed for another three years.

2018 to See More Emergency Hiring to Cover STEM Teacher Gap

January 25, 2018

Calling it an "old strategy," 100Kin10 is also watching as lawmakers increasingly turn to legislation to streamline emergency credentialing of teachers to address crisis-level teacher shortages. In Virginia, for example, the governor turned to executive directive to allow state colleges and universities, which have previously only offered graduate level teaching degrees, to offer undergraduate majors in teaching too.

Microsoft unveils cheap laptops and more tools for education

January 25, 2018

When it comes to the lucrative education market, Microsoft doesn't want to be left behind -- especially when that Google's Chromebooks are increasingly popular with schools. Microsoft's big selling point this year? More cheap Windows 10 notebooks starting at $189, and a Minecraft: Education Edition update focused on chemistry.

What Does Good STEM Education Look Like?

January 25, 2018

What makes a STEM program excellent? I spoke with Eric Iversen, vice president for Learning and Communications at Start Engineering, which promotes STEM education in grades K-12, by email to learn what an excellent STEM program looks like. Iversen says STEM is tricky in an institutional setting, but the best programs put resources into the following areas...

How this local engineer is using a podcast to support STEM education

January 24, 2018

The path to more women in STEM sounds simple enough: introduce the concepts to girls well before they reach ninth grade. “High school is too late,” said Pius Wong, an engineer, teacher and founder of Pios Labs. “It appears girls make decisions on what they want to do early on. If we can expose them to cool science projects or role models who are mathematicians, scientists and engineers early, that makes a big difference.”


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