4 exciting trends that will define the 2018 education industry
The education industry saw so many notable, significant changes this past year–from an increased focus on augmented reality and other visual technologies to make learning come alive, to the “Googlification” of the classroom with Chromebooks and Google education apps becoming staples–we’ve reached the point where education technology is now the norm, not a luxury.
Study Uncovers How Ed Tech Decision-Making Works
Higher education people most often turn to each other when they're trying to make decisions about education technology. And it's not uncommon for them to start with a particular technology and then find a problem to solve, vs. identifying a pedagogical need and then looking for the tech tools that would address the challenges.
Computer Science Education Gets a Boost with Library Grants
As educators and leaders alike seek to close the diversity gap in the tech industry, the importance of expanding computer science education to students from all backgrounds has become integral. In an effort to do this, Google and the American Library Association teamed up to launch the Libraries Ready to Code initiative to help libraries establish programs that will teach students computer science and computational thinking skills.
STEM Degrees Rise, but Disparities Remain
Despite modest gains in degree attainment in science, technology, engineering and math, women and minorities remain grossly underrepresented in the fields, according to a new report out Wednesday. Women are also less likely to enter STEM occupations after earning a STEM degree as are blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, according to the report...
Schools add another 'S' to STEM - for sports
Administrators from the Houston area discovered a more effective way of teaching terminal velocity and gravity--by keeping students afloat on 150-mph winds inside a vertical tunnel. The experience--hosted by the indoor skydiving facility iFLY--is one of many physical activities that schools use to better engage students in STEM courses.
STEM education is the key to diversifying America's energy workforce
A new American Petroleum Institute study concluded that many of tomorrow's best-paying careers, including those in the oil and natural gas industry, will require training or education in a STEM discipline, and highlighted opportunities for women and minorities. Today API unveiled the report during an event at George Washington University in partnership with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
High school students are more likely to take AP computer science if they live in Maryland or Rhode Island
More high school students around the U.S. took college computer science courses last year than ever before, but in what states are they more likely to take advanced coding classes? Rates of adoption vary heavily state to state. Maryland and Rhode Island rank the highest, according to new 2016-2017 school year data from the College Board collected by Code.org, an advocacy group that’s been pushing for more computer science in schools.
As Demand for Tech Skills Surges, Is College Really Right for All?
A Georgetown University study suggests 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require more than a high school education by 2020. Hence it is clear that much work needs to be done to narrow the educational achievement and economic opportunity gaps in the U.S. In addition, there is the sobering statistic that only 9 percent of low-income students earn a Bachelor’s degree by the age of 24, in contrast to 77 percent of their higher-income peers.
Gillibrand introduces bill to promote 'maker' education
U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Todd Young, R-Indiana, have made it their mission to help students get career and technical education skills. Earlier this year they introduced the “21st Century Strengthening On Programs that Cultivate Learning Approaches for Successful Students Act," which would give federal funding for equipment for career and technical education programs and give teachers more training on how to use the equipment.
'Women in STEM' panel shatters stereotypes
“Getting children at a young age to be immersed in STEM, and not separating the boys to the sandpit and the girls to a garden, having them be equal with the toys and the lessons and what you’re choosing to teach them -- I hope I can help foster that sense of equality in STEM,” Vassalo said.