Education

A Warning Call to K–12: NEPC Turns Off Facebook Account

April 12, 2018

NEPC isn't alone in calling out for schools and educators to show much greater caution in their use of social media and digital tools. EdTech Strategies, a consultancy that researches education technology, innovation and policy, recently published a six-part series intended to "shed light" on the use of websites by schools and state departments of education.

These rare schools see benefits of combining AP classes with vocational training

April 12, 2018

The class combines the academic rigor of AP Psychology with hands-on experience in the field of forensics, the latter as a state-approved career and technical education (CTE) course. In recent decades, vocational education has undergone a significant transition: along with its rebranding as CTE, staples like woodshop and auto repair have given way to a new breed of courses aimed at careers in everything from film production to science and engineering.

New Report Highlights Outcomes of Digital Learning on Campus

April 12, 2018

The Arizona State University Action Lab at EdPlus and The Boston Consulting Group today released Making Digital Learning Work, a report that highlights new findings about the impact of digital learning on student access, outcomes, and cost.

Robots Mimicking Humans

April 11, 2018

Without any feedback it can be difficult to pick up objects. The mimicEducationalRobots (a division of Robomotive Laboratories LLC) offers the feedback needed to feel that you have something in your hand. This makes it easier to accomplish tasks, and for young students to literally gets hands-on with robotics. The idea is to get kids interested in robotics to where they want to be able to tinker with the arm, and hopefully, start to learn how to program it.

Teachers split on benefits of digital devices in the classroom

April 11, 2018

U.S. teachers still aren't in agreement about the perks and pitfalls of having digital devices in the classroom, a recent Gallup study found. A plurality of respondents said the technology has a positive effect on education, but many of the polled teachers are concerned about whether digital devices are harmful to students’ physical and mental health.

VEX Robotics World Championship Shapes and Diversifies the Future STEM Workforce

April 10, 2018

“Preparing today’s youth to be our future STEM leaders is just one of the many goals of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation. “The VEX Robotics World Championship is really all about celebrating these brilliant students and their bright futures.”

Developing competing interest in STEM

April 10, 2018

Barilka has a theory about why girls’ participation wanes. Middle school turns into a more social environment for girls around seventh grade, she said. They start to care more about what people think and are less willing to put themselves in a situation where they can fail or not have the right answers, she said. Girls start to show an aversion to math and science in middle school, echoed Earle. “It’s cultural,” he said, adding most of the time the girls excel in the fields.

Project-Based Learning Can Fuel a STEM-Ready Economy

April 09, 2018

This year's crop of U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame recipients all began a life-long love affair with science, technology, engineering and math quite unintentionally through hands-on experiences. Today, those hands-on experiences have a pedagogical name: project-based learning.

Why Equipping Classrooms With Technology Is A Difficult Process

April 09, 2018

It’s a race to the classroom for tech companies, but the process of sourcing technology for schools is more complicated than one might think. From difficulties in the procurement process, to large disparities in pricing and challenges when it comes to school funding, education technology is a fraught process for many school districts according to Hal Friedlander, Co-Founder and CEO of the Technology for Education Consortium.

7 Ways The Internet Has Made Education Easier In 2018

April 09, 2018

The use of technology within education has presented great controversy since it generates a strong debate about whether technology is actually a co-helper or on the contrary hinders the learning process. The accelerated increase in the use of technology within society has led to a proliferation within institutions (both colleges and universities) changing today’s education and the way in which students as teachers communicate and interact within the classroom of class.

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