Education

Ed-Tech Utopia Is Over

April 28, 2019

For two decades, technology seduced us, sleek devices and clever apps promising us a better, tech-enabled life. Tech would liberate, enlighten, and most of all, connect us. Now that dream has shattered. The fevered claims of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Wired magazine futurists now seem naïve, reckless. Tech-utopia is over. Is “personalized learning” and ed tech headed for the same reckoning?

What's holding STEM back in the US?

April 28, 2019

As organizations worldwide continue to invest in science, technology, engineering and math initiatives, and as students take a higher interest in technical careers, you would expect the number of educational institutions responding to the workplace’s increasing demand for technical talent would naturally increase, right?

5 Ways to Promote Student Success in Online Learning

April 28, 2019

A new report from Strada Education Network offers key takeaways from last fall's Online Student Success Symposium, a two-day workshop focused on challenges, innovative practices and future opportunities in online learning.

The Expanding Frontiers: Education, Space and Employment

April 23, 2019

There is no age that is too early to integrate STEM and space into the curriculum. There is a need for a younger generation to be able to imagine a future where space increasingly factors into daily lives. From an education standpoint, rather than being an afterthought, space needs to be a deliberate part of the conversation.

Want black women students to stay in STEM? Help them find role models who look like them

April 23, 2019

Representation matters for Black women college students when it comes to belonging in rigorous science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, according to a new study. Having role models who share their racial identity is vital to signaling a sense of belonging for women of color college students.

How an Open-World Video Game Teaches Kids STEM

April 23, 2019

Over the last few decades, research in educational psychology has shown that play, in particular, is how children develop the cognitive, social and communication skills needed to succeed in life. Play comes in many forms, and allows children to test their abilities, explore, invent, and most importantly--fail and learn from their mistakes. Learning through play is where children (and adults) develop higher-level thinking skills that enable them to be engaged and creative learners throughout life.

The State of American Trade Schools

April 23, 2019

“We are lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back to train them for jobs that no longer exist,” says Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, summing up a widespread viewpoint for Fox News. Into this breach have stepped trade and tech schools with a seductive promise: instead of spending four years and amassing life-crushing debt chasing a four-year degree with softening value, spend less money and time--typically one or two years, but as little as nine weeks, for a coding boot camp--training for a specific job in an industry that pays well and has a massive need for workers.

Women Leaving Premed Track More Than Men

April 23, 2019

Research shows that female high school students are more interested in the medical field than their male counterparts. The young women also earn better grades in high school and attend college at higher rates. So it might stand to reason that there would be more women than men in college premed courses and taking the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT. But that’s not the case...

4 essential skills for careers of the future

April 22, 2019

Eighty-five percent of the jobs our current students will have in 2030 don’t exist yet, according to a report from Institute for the Future. How are we, as teachers, supposed to prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet?

CTE classes are popular, but only 25% of students take courses that could lead to the nation's biggest industries, new study finds

April 22, 2019

Business, marketing, tourism and manufacturing make up more than half of U.S. jobs -- but students in high school probably don’t know that. Only one-quarter of the career and technical education classes students take are focused on these industries, according to a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C.

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