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These states embraced computer science education in 2017

January 11, 2018

Teaching computer science in K-12 schools -- and even making it a curriculum requirement -- is not just a lofty idea anymore. Schools around the country really began to embrace computer science in 2017, with a number of states moving forward with legislation to make it a mandatory subject. Advocates who have long been fighting for change said the hard work is finally paying off, and more achievements are ahead in 2018.

Most Americans say U.S. STEM education is middling, new poll finds

January 11, 2018

Those surveyed found fault with many aspects of STEM education. “People saw problems stemming from parents, problems stemming from students, as well as problems stemming from teaching style,” said Cary Funk, director of science and society research at Pew and the study’s lead author. More than half of those surveyed said STEM teachers spent too much time meeting state standards (55 percent) and too little emphasizing practical applications (53 percent). Fifty-nine percent said students weren’t willing to work hard to excel in STEM and 61 percent said parents weren’t sufficiently involved in supporting schools.

Artificial Intelligence: Implications for the Future of Education

January 11, 2018

The concept of “Artificial intelligence” can be hard to understand/grasp, especially when trying to think about how it can be applied to education as well as many other sectors of society. In December 2015, the Getting Smart #AskAboutAI research began and over these two years, they have identified over 100 applications of AI to life in areas such as recreation, transportation, education, healthcare and gaming to name just a few.

We Need More Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

January 11, 2018

The lack of women in science and innovation fields is not simply a question of fairness or equality; it suggests that the economy is missing out on important potential for productivity growth. The fact that just 16 percent of patents are granted to women demonstrates in some ways how we may be leaving future Grace Hoppers out of the world of innovation and hence missing their insights and inventions.

High school students sweep Congressional App Challenge for second year

January 10, 2018

Students at High Technology High School, a pre-engineering school in Monmouth County, wanted to find a way to make it easier to track people down in an emergency situation. So they designed an app.

Getting to The Root of the Tech Industry's Gender Gap

January 10, 2018

In 1985 there were 14 boys for every girl in the top 0.01 percent of math test takers, while today that gap has closed to two-and-a-half to one. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, women began outstripping men in the number of college degrees earned at all levels over the course of the 1980s. It is not reasonable to think that innate gender differences could change so dramatically in so short a time. We must conclude that cultural shifts can drive changes in gender-based achievement gaps.

Bellrobot Launches Mabot, an Interactive Robotics Learning Kit for Children

January 10, 2018

Bellrobot team at Bell Education Company has announced the launch of their new modular interactive robotics learning kit for kids named Mabot, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter in October 2017. The educational toy is the modular robot kit that allows nearly endless combinations of robot builds that is simple to use, educational and fun for the whole family.

The Best Cities for Diversity in STEM

January 09, 2018

STEM jobs are some of the most desired in the country. These jobs tend to offer the best pay and the best benefits. However, as inequality remains a problem in American society, more people are starting to focus on who are employed in these fields.

'Career ready' out of high school? Why the nation needs to let go of that myth

January 08, 2018

Unlike old-fashioned vocational education, high school-level career and technical education doesn’t really prepare people for jobs directly after high school. While the stated end goal of K-12 education in America is for students to be “college and career ready,” the reality is the existence of career-ready high school graduates is a myth. The expectation that high school produces career-ready adults in a 21st century economy is unrealistic and counterproductive.

Five Educational Technologies, Circa 1918

January 08, 2018

One hundred years ago, today’s classroom would have been unimaginable. From white boards to laptops to learning management systems that enable learners to learn anywhere and anytime, there is not much about today’s technologies that reflects those present in a classroom from 1918.  However, this doesn’t mean that our counterparts back in 1918 didn’t have their own form of “ed tech.”

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