Microsoft unveils cheap laptops and more tools for education
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?
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
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.”
Does a lack of talent threaten to undermine tech diversity?
When it comes to diversity in tech, the question that has haunted the industry for the past several years is ‘are we doing enough?’ “I don't know if I'll ever be able to say we're doing enough because I don't think I'll be able to say that until we're at 50%,” confesses McAfee Chief HR Officer Chatelle Lynch, “but we're sure doing everything I know how right now.”
4 Expectations for Online Education in 2018
As more students seek flexible alternatives to traditional, on-campus courses, online education continues to evolve. Among other trends, 2017 saw the proliferation of smaller credentials beyond online degrees, rising online course enrollment at nonprofit universities and the use of big data to track student performance.
3 Ways to Get Girls Interested in STEM
Parents, too, can have a powerful and dramatic impact outside the classroom by fostering girls' interest in STEM to help them develop a lasting passion for these subjects and activities. Consider these three tips to promote and encourage interest in STEM outside of the classroom.
Would Giving STEM Teachers More Leeway to Experiment Keep Them in Schools?
"We need teachers to be empowered to create vibrant learning environments in their classrooms to attract and retain our greatest educators," said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, the executive director of 100Kin10, in a statement. "The data show that this means we must give teachers permission to experiment in their teaching. There is no authentic STEM without experimentation; this can be true at every level in a school."
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.