Education

Why Immigrants Are More Likely To Study STEM Than U.S.-Born Students

January 16, 2019

U.S. immigrant children are more likely than US.-born children to study and pursue careers in STEM fields, a new study by Duke University and Stanford finds. The researchers attribute these findings to the immigrant children’s comparative advantage in non-English-intensive subjects and comparative disadvantage in English-intensive subjects.

Alexa Can Help Kids With Homework, But Don't Forget Problem-Solving Skills

January 14, 2019

"Alexa, what's 5 minus 3?" A 6-year-old boy recently asked that question in a video, which went viral on Twitter with more than 8.5 million views. He leaned over his homework as his mother hovered in the doorway. Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated assistant, delivered a quick answer: 2. "Booooy," the mother chastised her son. It's cute, but it raises a question that's been on the minds of many parents and educators lately: How do virtual assistants like Alexa, which are increasingly common in households, affect children's learning experiences?

2019's Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals

January 13, 2019

STEM workers are in fierce demand, and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis, STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- professions grew at over twice the rate that non-STEM jobs did between 2009 and 2015. Most types of STEM jobs will also expand faster than all other occupations until 2024.

These 5 Trends Will Dominate STEM + Education In 2019

January 11, 2019

While 2018 was a momentous year for STEM education, with scientists and teachers running for office in unprecedented numbers and a steady stream of news reports on the value of a STEM degree, 2019 is gearing up to be even bigger. Today, my organization, 100Kin10, releases its annual Trends Report, a synthesis of thousands of data points that predict trends and “look-aheads” that will define STEM and education in 2019.

Holographic teachers were supposed to be part of our future. What happened?

January 10, 2019

Cast your mind back to the turn of last century. Experts predicted that by now classrooms would no longer feature human teachers, and holographic virtual entities would deliver lessons instead. This certainly hasn't happened. The closest we have come is group video chat via apps like FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts. But this doesn't mean holograms aren't part of our lives – they're just marketed differently.

Early STEM Provides 'Critical Foundation' for Future Learning

January 10, 2019

It's time to ramp up STEM in early childhood education, according to the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE). CADRE is a network for STEM education researchers funded by the National Science Foundation's Discovery Research preK-12 program. A new science brief has suggested that quality STEM experiences in pre-K through grade 3 can offer a "critical foundation for learning about these disciplines in ways that facilitate later learning."

There's virtually no AI curriculum for K-12 students - and there's a real risk in falling behind other countries

January 10, 2019

As AI becomes more mainstream, it offers countless opportunities for students to learn skills that they may take to the workforce. It also offers an incentive for more companies to move into the K-12 STEM education space to both meet a need and reap a profit. Except, there isn’t much AI curriculum in STEM education.

4 Ways to Help Tomorrow's Leaders Develop the Right STEM Skills

January 09, 2019

Students today are twice as likely as their parents to enter a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics industry, which is good news to the organizations creating more jobs in these fields each year. The problem, though, is that there won't be enough workers to fill all of the STEM jobs in the near future, according to estimates.

The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized

January 08, 2019

The heyday for massive open online courses was studded with hype. So much so, the New York Times even dubbed 2012 the “Year of the MOOC.” Advocates for the courses would point a finger at the unaffordability of traditional education, promising that MOOCs could offer cheaper, more innovative alternatives. But in many ways, the times have changed.

What are your edtech resolutions?

January 06, 2019

We asked 22 teachers and administrators to share their new year’s goals; here’s what they hope to accomplish in 2019.

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