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What's the Best STEM Toy for Little Kids? Playing Outside.

July 02, 2019

There are after-school STEM programs, STEM summer camps and a steadily growing market of STEM toys, all of which seem to share a common goal: promote skills necessary for academic success and subsequent access to better-paid jobs. Unfortunately, though this goal is accepted as virtuous by parents anxious about their children’s economic future, there remains no real proof that STEM toys are effective and (perhaps ironically) little data-backed support for the STEM premise.

DENSO Foundation Awards Over $1 Million in STEM Education Grants to 26 North American Colleges and Universities

July 02, 2019

DENSO, the world's second largest mobility supplier, announced today it awarded more than $1 million in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education grants to 26 colleges and universities across North America. The grants are made possible by DENSO's philanthropic division, DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF), and support the company's mission to help cultivate tomorrow's workforce.

Where to start? Inside one California district's approach to redesign STEM education

July 01, 2019

Inside the staff development training room at the Tracy Unified School District, a group of about 25 teachers and curriculum specialists gathered this summer to overhaul the district’s approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The plan is to go from an approach in which most subjects are taught separately to one in which lessons integrate state standards in math, science, computer science and English language arts.

STEM Education: Lessons From 20 Years of Data

July 01, 2019

As the number of jobs in STEM fields and the related demand for STEM skills grows, discussion among educators and policymakers is increasingly focused on how well students are being prepared to meet these needs. Simultaneously, interest is growing in how other countries prepare their students in crucial STEM-related subjects at school.

How Can Organizations Address The IT Skills Shortage? Here Are Four Things To Consider

June 30, 2019

In an increasingly digital jobs landscape, technology skills are critical to continued growth; however, the skills gap continues to rise. The U.S. does not have enough people ready to step in and fill these high-paying jobs. In my 20-plus years of recruitment, primarily in the IT space, this has been a common refrain. Despite ongoing changes in technology, a gap remains between the roles companies are trying to fill and the amount of available talent.

Why is girls' interest in STEM careers shockingly low?

June 30, 2019

A new survey shows that the number of girls interested in pursuing STEM careers is alarmingly small–and it continues to decline. The survey from Junior Achievement, conducted by the research group Engine, shows that only 9 percent of girls ages 13-17 express an interest in STEM careers, down from 11 percent in a similar 2018 survey.

Keep STEM learning fresh

June 27, 2019

When it comes to STEM, or any subject for that matter, teachers not only must spark an interest with students – they also need to find a way to sustain it. Throughout my two-decade-plus teaching career, I have continually tried to find ways to make the learning process fresh, relevant and exciting for my students so that their interest in STEM lasts long beyond their time in my classroom.

5 Tools for Technology Transformation in Schools

June 27, 2019

With the accelerating pace of new technologies for the classroom, the Consortium for School Networking wants to help schools overcome hurdles in adopting new innovations. A new report from CoSN identifies the top five technology enablers that will help K-12 institutions find more expansive opportunities and solutions in education.

Two-thirds of American employees regret their college degrees

June 27, 2019

A college education is still considered a pathway to higher lifetime earnings and gainful employment for Americans. Nevertheless, two-thirds of employees report having regrets when it comes to their advanced degrees, according to a PayScale survey of 248,000 respondents this past spring that was released Tuesday.

Why Ed Tech Is Finally Reaching Its Potential

June 26, 2019

It’s a pivotal time for the education technology sector and for school districts across America struggling to adapt ed tech, artificial intelligence and new models for blended learning. For the ed tech sector, the pressure of expectations is only exceeded by a track record of disappointment. Education technology companies have made great strides in building technology solutions to improve learning outcomes.

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