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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.

Don't Let STEM Become a Fad

March 12, 2018

While attention is being given to STE(A)M clubs, subjects and teachers, it is important to bring everyone's attention to the idea as the lynchpin of a larger shift. Yes, we have written about this before, but we think it bears repeating.  STE(A)M will fade as just another fad unless school leaders and teachers build a foundation for it across the system.

U.S. News STEM Solutions Partners with USA Science & Engineering Festival to Host "Workforce of Tomorrow" Conference

March 12, 2018

This year's conference will focus on the theme of "Skills, Jobs & the New Collar Economy," highlighting ideas to ensure that employers can find the talent they need to compete in a time of exponential technological change. Sessions will cover topics such as building effective workforce partnerships and policies, understanding and adapting to the new world of new collar jobs and how educators are innovating to fill the jobs pipeline.

Eight ways to introduce kids to STEM at an early age

March 12, 2018

The authors of “The Roots of STEM Success” reviewed more than 150 studies and found that kids capable of developing complex thinking skills before they are even verbal. The report also found that different types of play are essential for developing skills critical for STEM fields, like curiosity, questioning and analysis.

More girls in the engineering career pipeline makes the world a better place

March 11, 2018

In this increasingly complex world, we need everyone -- women and men -- to solve problems. We are at a pivotal moment in time as society recognizes the need for gender equity and the critical role that women must play in making the world a better place.

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