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One reason students aren't prepared for STEM careers? No physics in high school

March 15, 2018

Physics is widely considered to be a building block for a range of STEM disciplines— science, technology, engineering and math — and taking the course in high school is strongly correlated with getting a degree in a STEM field. Educators, policymakers and the general public agree that education in STEM is important.

Illinois manufacturers push skills gap education to find future workers

March 15, 2018

Illinois manufacturers need about 27,000 workers a year, for the next five years, just to keep up with retirements. The only problem is, there aren't 30,000 workers with the skills to fill the jobs. "Manufacturers need 22,000 production workers and 5,000 engineers every year, for the next five years between now and 2027 just to cover retirements of the baby boomers,...

How We Can 'Robot-Proof' Education to Better Adapt to Automation

March 15, 2018

Like millions of other individuals in the workforce, you’re probably wondering if you will one day be replaced by a machine. If you’re a student, you’re probably wondering if your chosen profession will even exist by the time you’ve graduated. From driving to legal research, there isn’t much that technology hasn’t already automated (or begun to automate). Many of us will need to adapt to this disruption in the workforce.

Remote classroom technology lets kids participate from home

March 15, 2018

This spring all 24 Maryland school systems will receive $15,000 technology grants for remote classroom technology. Remote classroom devices allow students unable to attend class for extended periods to continue to stay involved. A 4-foot propeller robot is one type of a remote classroom device. It's controlled by the home or hospital-bound student and moves around the classroom and school.

AI takes center stage as edtech leaders consider 'exponential change'

March 14, 2018

If artificial intelligence wasn't on the minds of school district IT leaders and educational technology professionals when they got to the 2018 Consortium for School Networking's annual conference, it is now. AI has been subject of many conversations, conference sessions and at least one of the keynotes held during the weeklong festivities in Washington, D.C.

It's Pi Day - and there's some good news for math teachers

March 14, 2018

March 14 is that special time of year people pay homage to the mathematical constant pi (π). And a finding from a Pew Research Center survey should bring good cheer to educators nationwide: Most Americans (58%) say they actually liked studying math in grades K-12. The fascination about pi - the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter - is that it is an infinitely long number beginning with 3.14.

Gender Gap in STEM Education Continues Despite Appeal of High Wage Careers, Strong Job Growth Rate

March 14, 2018

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers are equally appealing to female and male students, but the achievement gap between the two groups continues, with females again trailing males in terms of readiness for college STEM coursework, according to ACT’s newly released report, STEM Education in the U.S.: Where We Are and What We Can Do.

Glimmers of Hope for Women in the Male-Dominated Tech Industry

March 14, 2018

When Christine Betts arrived at the University of Washington in 2016, she planned to study economics. After an introductory computer-science course inspired her, she changed her mind. Betts joins growing ranks of women at influential schools entering the software field. The numbers at some colleges offer a glimmer of hope in an otherwise male-dominated industry.

3 Ways Community Colleges Leverage Tech Successfully

March 13, 2018

Simply giving community college students a laptop doesn't ensure them success. Research by Robert Fairlie, an economics professor from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Peter Bahr, an associate education professor at the University of Michigan, found that giving students access to computers has little impact on their college success or future employment, Campus Technology reports.

Reflecting on the Original Big Idea for MOOCs

March 13, 2018

Six years ago, inspired by a big idea to democratize higher education, the University of Michigan (U-M) became a founding partner of Coursera. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) were born. While the issuance of MOOC death certificates by skeptics is only rivaled in frequency by those filed by South Park writers for Kenny, MOOCs consistently find ways to survive and indeed thrive in nurturing environments.

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