Google Classroom is a game changer. What you need to know
Few products have dominated K-12 schools as quickly as Google Classroom. The free web service has spread like wildfire in classrooms across the nation, as teachers clamor to move their lessons and students’ work online. But what is it, and what does its heavy dominance mean for the future of education?
5 Surprising Benefits of Studying STEM
Whenever people think of STEM, they often imagine careers filled with late nights in the basement of a lab, hunched over test tubes and surrounded by long mathematical equations. What they often don’t think about, however, are the incredible, exciting things you can do with a STEM education.
Revived Bill Would Grant STEM Visas to U.S.-Educated Immigrants
Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Sept. 28 reintroduced the Startup Act, which would grant more visas to immigrants in the STEM field. “This bipartisan legislation would reduce barriers to growth, encourage investment in new businesses, improve the regulatory process, keep talent here in the United States and accelerate the commercialization of university research that can lead to new ventures and the creation of good-paying jobs in Kansas and nationwide,” Moran said in a statement.
Ivanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech
“Given the high and increasing demand for workers with computing skills, it is imperative that all of our students, including women and minorities, have access to computer-science education,” Trump wrote in The New York Post.
Filling the pipeline for computer science teachers
As state and local educators adopt new computer science requirements for their students, they are stymied by a lack of qualified teachers. “There is a need to get at least one [computer science] teacher in every school in this country, [but] right now there’s usually only one in a district,” says Cameron Wilson, chief operating officer and president of the Code.org Advocacy Coalition in Seattle, Washington, which promotes computer science education.
E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning
E-rate provides schools with the bandwidth they need to take advantage of mobile computing devices and to support digital-learning classrooms with online videos, cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools, and online testing. Recently, the government attempted to streamline and simplify the application process with a new online application portal, but it remains a challenging process with stringent deadlines and rules.
A teacher's tips on how to get kids excited about STEM
"We are increasingly asked to make decisions on issues such as health care, environment, food, and energy where a solid foundation of STEM knowledge is essential," said Huff, a teacher at Mill Middle School. "Unfortunately, we have yet to commit the time and resources to STEM education to ensure all students of New York State acquire these skills."
India's IBM conquest is an ominous sign for American industry
While India is flourishing under the outsourced labor market scenario, the U.S. worker finds himself competing on an unfair playing field. It costs roughly $100,000 to produce a competent software engineer in the U.S. The average cost of producing a software engineer in India is roughly $20,000, with the Indian government picking up the tab in many cases.
A 'New Normal' in STEM Teaching?
Science instructors increasingly are moving beyond the lecture to more innovative -- and effective -- teaching methods. But professors with a taste for change often enact it alone, as their colleagues continue to lecture.
Teaching kids to code isn't just about tech jobs--it's about preparing for the future
Learning to code teaches kids the mental discipline for breaking down problems logically and then solving them—a skillset that everyone can use. “We don’t expect all students to become computer scientists,” says Troy Williams, computer science integration manager at Chicago Public Schools. “But all students, no matter what their career [goals], can benefit from computational thinking.”