Education

Postal Service to Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by Dedicating STEM Education Forever Stamps

April 04, 2018

The United States Postal Service is issuing a set of four nondenominated (50¢) forever stamps April 6 to commemorate the subject of STEM Education. Each stamp characterizes one of the four educational disciplines represented by the STEM acronym: science, technology, engineering and math.

Education, coding skills key to future employment and strong US says Apple CEO Tim Cook

April 04, 2018

In the interview with MSNBC and Recode for the "Revolution: Apple Changing the World" special, due for broadcast on April 6, Cook suggested programming was an important tool to learn. "You don't need a four-year college education to learn to code," he insisted, but added the existing focus on coding needs to be widened to add creativity.

Cutting-Edge Education: 13 Ways To Leverage Technology For Learning

April 03, 2018

While technology has drastically altered most industries in recent years, one of the biggest impacts has been in the education sector. From online courses to automating feedback and scoring, opportunities to learn are now more accessible than ever for more people across the globe.

Apple and iPad are underdogs in a fight with Google for classroom dominance

April 03, 2018

The education-technology market has largely not been going Apple’s way in recent years, for all of its efforts to make its iPads and Macintosh computers the go-to classroom computers everywhere. Apple faces fierce competition from Chromebooks, which are Web-centric, Google-flavored laptops that are inexpensive for school districts to purchase en masse -- iPads are typically pricier -- and are a breeze for school IT managers to deploy and manage.

Betsy DeVos OKs ESSA Plans for Idaho, Mississippi, and Rhode Island

April 03, 2018

Idaho, Mississippi, and Rhode Island just got the federal stamp of approval on their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. This brings the grand total of approved plans to 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Every state has submitted, and gotten feedback on, its ESSA plan.  Just 13 states have yet to get the federal seal of approval, including some states with big populations, such as California and Florida.

Why It's Time to Rethink School Science Fairs

April 03, 2018

As educational opportunities, science fairs let students tackle the scientific method hands on. Classically that process begins with identifying a question, developing a hypothesis to answer it and then devising an experiment to test that hunch. In principle, kids who participate will not only learn about science but may be inspired to join the next generation of scientists and engineers. But the fairs also have problems.

DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one

April 03, 2018

Scientists have linked hundreds of genes to intelligence. One psychologist says it’s time to test school kids. A year ago, no gene had ever been tied to performance on an IQ test. Since then, more than 500 have, thanks to gene studies involving more than 200,000 test takers. Results from an experiment correlating one million people’s DNA with their academic success are due at any time.

More women are studying STEM majors, so why has diversity in tech barely changed?

April 02, 2018

On the whole, more women are going into STEM fields than ever before--but STEM, as we already know, is an abbreviation that makes up several different academic disciplines (in this case, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). And while women are definitely applying to STEM majors in general, computer science is a field that hasn't exactly broken major ground when it comes to diversity.

$1.1 Billion Federal Block Grant Makes Ed-Tech Training Higher Priority Than Software, Devices

April 02, 2018

A nearly three-fold increase in appropriations for the Title IV-A block grant in the new federal budget means that many districts across the country can dedicate more funds to helping teachers learn how to use technology for instruction.

Researchers study perceptions of anxiety and women in STEM

April 02, 2018

A study by a team of researchers from Dartmouth, the University at Buffalo and Carnegie Mellon University has found that gender affects an individual’s perception of women’s anxiety in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Men are more likely than women to attribute this anxiety and self-doubt to internal factors, while women usually attribute such emotions to external factors.

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