White House, Tech Companies Pledge $500 Million to Increase STEM Opportunities
As K-12 schools attempt to close the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills gap, federal support for such programs is key. Under President Obama, there was Computer Science for All, an initiative designed to give schools support and funding to provide opportunities for underrepresented students. While President Trump’s 2018 budget proposed some cuts to educational services that help these students, a recent memo indicates the president may be embracing STEM in schools like his predecessor.
Why we shouldn't teach tech in kindergarten
Instead of prioritizing technology first, we need to teach students how to think and adapt, how to communicate and ask questions. Childhood is a cherished, sacred time — one for sparking imagination. Indeed, the purpose of K-12 education has expanded beyond offering just content and now entails equipping students with life skills.
Growing Number of States Embrace Career Education
After years of focusing intensely on college readiness, states are turning their attention to students' futures as workers, enacting a flurry of laws and policies designed to bolster career education and preparation. "What we're seeing is that there's been a shift from focusing purely on college readiness to thinking also about career readiness," said Jennifer Thomsen, who analyzes policy for the Education Commission of the States.
New Online Tracker Shows How States Will Hold Schools Accountable Under ESSA
As part of ESSA, every state was required to create and submit a plan to hold its K–12 schools accountable for student performance. Achieve’s new tool summarizes states’ goals for student achievement and graduation rates, along with the other indicators and weighting that states plan to use for accountability purposes.
Determine Whether a STEM Major Is the Right Choice
Courses, however, may not give students a full perspective of a STEM discipline. One way prospective students can get a feel for how much they'll like a STEM major is to get hands-on exposure. Those interested in computer science, for example, can try out coding through sites like Vidcode or Codecademy, says Korth. Applicants should also speak with STEM undergrads, says Blumeris.
Focus computer science funding on teacher training, Code.org founder says
Every dollar devoted to computer science education should be spent on professional development for teachers, said Hadi Partovi, the founder and CEO of Code.org. That includes “100 percent,” he said, of the $200 million the Trump administration has directed the U.S. Department of Education to spend on STEM and computer science programs each year.
College students want more technology, ECAR survey says
“The best things in life are free, but students want technology. And they want their instructors to use more of it in their courses,” the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2017 reported. “Resistance is futile. Students’ preferences for courses that assimilate both face-to-face instructional components with technological features of the online environment continue to gain momentum across higher education.”
Once taboo, cellphones are free for thousands of Miami-Dade high school students
Once considered a distraction and banned from classrooms, cellphones have become a key technological tool in education. So much so, thousands of cell phones are being given out free to Miami-Dade high school students to boost their studying and connect with teachers.
Where will STEM education be in 5 years?
In 2015, there were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs in the United States, and that number is growing every year. In fact, STEM job growth in the past 10 years is three times that of any other field, but by 2018, it is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. Yet, STEM education programs have not kept pace–calling into question whether there will be enough qualified employees available to take on these new positions.
6 Broad Trends Emerge for Future of Ed Tech
People researching education technology and learning science -- cyberlearning -- populate the landscape. A new report from the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning has undertaken the ambitious project of sifting through what those researchers are exploring to uncover the major trends and help us understand where education -- pre-K-12 and post-secondary -- may be headed over the next decade or two.