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5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools

January 04, 2018

Risk one is the invasion of student privacy, utilizing data by tech companies collected when students are online. The story of inBloom is a cautionary tale. Funded in 2014 with $100 million from the Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, inBloom intended to collect massive amounts of personally identifiable student data and use it to “personalize” learning to each student.

The newest American Girl doll - an astronaut on a mission to get girls into STEM

January 04, 2018

Getting more girls into STEM isn’t rocket science – you just need to fire up their imaginations. That’s the mission behind American Girl’s new 2018 Girl of the Year, Luciana Vega, who wants to be the first person on Mars. The Mattel-owned toymaker debuted the aspiring astronaut doll on “Good Morning America” last week before a group of girls dressed in official NASA flight suits.

What's ahead on the edtech landscape in 2018

January 04, 2018

As a new year commences, many educators wonder what’s on the minds of technology leaders and what they see ahead for edtech in 2018. While new classroom technologies and digital learning platforms will continue to proliferate, the education sector may also start to notice shifts within institutions on tech-related cultural issues, sources in the field say.

Role of Virtual Reality in Education

January 03, 2018

Virtual reality plays a significant role in the education field or sector. It makes it easier for students to comprehend what they are being taught and also allows them to live the reality. Virtual reality opens up many opportunities in the educational system.

STEM isn't just for kids

January 02, 2018

To encourage more STEM learning by young students, it is important to think of your own hobbies and interests in terms of STEM. Making things that you find interesting and enjoyable isn’t just fulfilling, it’s setting a good example to the young people around you. Let them see your process all the way from your problems and questions, to your plan and eventual successes.

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

January 02, 2018

Concerned that current technologies may not be closing equity gaps, a group of educators, researchers, developers and funders gathered over the course of this past year to consider how we might do better. Here’s some of what we learned about the challenges and opportunities in mobilizing new technologies to address educational equity.

Why This Woman Is Teaching Girls How to Make Friendly Chatbots

January 02, 2018

According to some, 2018 will be the year of artificial intelligence and, more specifically, of chatbots. Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa? They’re all examples of chatbots, AKA computer programs designed to help simulate human conversation. In 2017 alone, 35.6 million Americans used some type of voice-activated virtual assistant device at least once a month, according to eMarketer.

5 of the Top Edtech Stories From 2017

January 01, 2018

Education is all about information--which means that any time there’s an evolution or a development in technology, there’s an effect on the education space. And top edtech stories from 2017 have been about anything, it’s been about the change in the way that information is being delivered and organized...

Bill would take steps to encourage women to pursue aviation careers

January 01, 2018

Under the Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act of 2017, the FAA would establish and oversee a Women in Aviation Advisory Board to promote education, training, outreach, mentorship, and recruitment of women to pursue education careers.

House Passes Trio of Bills to Bolster STEM Workforce

January 01, 2018

House lawmakers wrapped up the year by passing three bills aimed at strengthening government programs for people hoping to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. As both the government and the private sector struggle to fill STEM positions with top talent, the bipartisan legislation would support education and training initiatives for women, veterans and other groups who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields.

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