Education

Five ways to close the homework gap

July 25, 2019

Most learning today involves the internet and this is a major challenge for schools with students who don’t have easy access to technology. Many schools are equipping their students with devices, but that alone isn’t enough. Students also need access to Wi-Fi or some other way to connect to the internet, whether they are at school or elsewhere.

Voices From The Field: Educators Share What Edtech Entrepreneurs Should Know

July 23, 2019

Education and entrepreneurship don't always align. However, when they do, the results in the classroom can have a tremendous impact on students. I've spoken with hundreds of edtech entrepreneurs, and quite often, there is a disconnect between what the entrepreneur thinks is best for students or teachers versus the reality of a classroom.

33 States Expand Access to K-12 Computer Science Education in 2019

July 23, 2019

Since January 2019, 33 states have passed legislation and funded $42.5 million to expand access to and diversity in K-12 computer science, according to the Code.org Advocacy Coalition, a group of more than 70 industry, non-profit, and advocacy organizations working together to make computer science a fundamental part of K-12 education.

The career and technical education disconnect

July 22, 2019

For as long as anyone can remember, American high schools have mostly failed to provide their students with genuinely marketable skills. But of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. And in recent years, a growing number of “career and technical education” (CTE) programs have sought to bridge the gap between what students learn and what local labor markets demand, typically through a combination of specialized courses and hands-on apprenticeships.

Girls Who Code Goes to Capitol Hill: Can Congress Help Solve the Gender Gap in Tech?

July 21, 2019

As part of that, Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani announced that the organization has been working with Rosen’s team to draft what she called the “first-ever federal Girls Who Code legislation to encourage states to start reporting on their gender diversity data.” The nonprofit has successfully promoted and helped pass laws that track gender diversity in computing in two states so far this year...

American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts

July 17, 2019

On the eve of the Apollo 11 anniversary, LEGO asked The Harris Poll to survey a total of 3,000 children in the United States, China, and the United Kingdom about their attitudes toward and knowledge of space. The results reveal that, at least for Western countries, kids today are more interested in YouTube than spaceflight.

We need equitable computer science education policies to close the gender gap in technology

July 16, 2019

In 1965, the Library of Congress got its first computer--so big that it had to be delivered one piece at a time. Back then, it most likely would have been women helping input data into a machine-readable format. That’s because, in the ’60s and ’70s, many believed that women were on track to outnumber men in tech. In fact, the number of women studying data processing was growing faster than the number of men.

Senate passes Christa McAuliffe commemorative coin bill

July 15, 2019

“Christa McAuliffe continues to serve as a role model and inspiration for Granite Staters and Americans across the country seeking to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” Shaheen said. “By further strengthening support for STEM education, this bill honors Christa’s legacy as a passionate and dedicated advocate for her students and for science education.

What Matters More: Skills or Degrees?

July 15, 2019

Historically, employers made the baccalaureate, and in some cases advanced degrees, the gateway to an interview. If you did not hold the sheepskin, you would not get in the door. But times have changed. Rapidly advancing technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, robotics and the advent of quantum computing have created an environment in which much of what is learned in college becomes outdated in a few short years.

Robots are teaching language skills, but are they any good?

July 14, 2019

Education technology has many faces. A prominent one has long been computer-assisted language learning, offering great promise for struggling readers, non-English speakers, or those seeking to master a second tongue. And, in recent years, the technology has raced ahead. No longer do students simply repeat what they hear through headphones or get instruction from a computer screen--now they can talk to ROBOTS.

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