From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning
Concerned that current technologies may not be closing equity gaps, a group of educators, researchers, developers and funders gathered over the course of this past year to consider how we might do better. Here’s some of what we learned about the challenges and opportunities in mobilizing new technologies to address educational equity.
Why This Woman Is Teaching Girls How to Make Friendly Chatbots
According to some, 2018 will be the year of artificial intelligence and, more specifically, of chatbots. Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa? They’re all examples of chatbots, AKA computer programs designed to help simulate human conversation. In 2017 alone, 35.6 million Americans used some type of voice-activated virtual assistant device at least once a month, according to eMarketer.
5 of the Top Edtech Stories From 2017
Education is all about information--which means that any time there’s an evolution or a development in technology, there’s an effect on the education space. And top edtech stories from 2017 have been about anything, it’s been about the change in the way that information is being delivered and organized...
Bill would take steps to encourage women to pursue aviation careers
Under the Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act of 2017, the FAA would establish and oversee a Women in Aviation Advisory Board to promote education, training, outreach, mentorship, and recruitment of women to pursue education careers.
House Passes Trio of Bills to Bolster STEM Workforce
House lawmakers wrapped up the year by passing three bills aimed at strengthening government programs for people hoping to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. As both the government and the private sector struggle to fill STEM positions with top talent, the bipartisan legislation would support education and training initiatives for women, veterans and other groups who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields.
This start-up uses virtual reality to get your kids excited about learning chemistry
Parents in STEM fields boost girls' participation in science degrees
Even when girls perform just as well as boys on standardized math tests, they are half as likely to major in science at college. However, having one parent or guardian work in the STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field makes it more likely for girls to perform better in math and to enroll in a "hard sciences" college degree in programs such as engineering, architecture, math and computer science.
Educators want More from Education Technology
Amid sustained growth in an education technology sector competing to put innovative digital tools in front of students, some educators are lamenting a disconnect between the products entrepreneurs are offering and what schools actually need – a rare criticism of an industry often lauded as vital to maximizing student learning potential.
To fill STEM jobs, federal programs need to focus on results
The President’s Computer Science for All initiative commits significant federal resources to training new computer science teachers, upgrading educational materials and creating regional computer science education partnerships. But money alone isn’t the answer. For instance, part of the huge national shortage of qualified STEM workers is found in STEM-related occupations that only require two-year associates’ degrees or advanced vocational training.
Alexa, how can you improve teaching and learning?
Voice command platforms from Amazon, Google and Microsoft are creating new models for learning in K-12 and higher education -- and renewed privacy concerns.