About a third of Americans would tell a high schooler seeking career advice to enter a STEM-related field

October 02, 2017

Americans tend to differ over the best career advice to give high school students, with younger adults urging them to follow their dreams and older Americans telling them they should enter occupations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in May.

STEM education and broadband access are key to software job growth

October 01, 2017

On the national level, software contributes $1.14 trillion to U.S. GDP and supports more than 10 million jobs. Software directly created 2.9 million jobs in 2016 – good-paying jobs covering everything from the obvious ones, like software developers and web designers, to the less obvious, like project coordinators, administrative assistants, and accountants.

3 Lessons Learned From Education Technology Research

September 28, 2017

School district administrators and principals are inundated with salesmen peddling computers and software programs. Many claim that scientific research proves their wares work. Can they be believed? The researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an organization inside the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scoured academic journals, the internet and evaluation databases and found only 113 studies on using technology in schools that were scientifically rigorous.

SWE Joins STEM Leaders in Responding to Administration's STEM Budget Request

September 28, 2017

“We appreciate the White House’s action to elevate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the Department of Education. While we look forward to more details on how this will work, we applaud the Trump Administration’s recognition of the connections between STEM skills and the best American jobs in the global economy. Although we differ with the President on funding levels for education programs at the Department, we certainly agree about the need to prioritize federal investments in STEM education – both in and outside the classroom. Our future depends on success in STEM.”

Ivanka Trump, Microsoft president talk coding, STEM at Middleburg Community Charter School

September 28, 2017

Middleburg Community Charter School students had a special surprise Wednesday morning. Senior Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, visited a fifth-grade coding class before speaking to the entire school. Trump was joined by Microsoft President Brad Smith and Hadi Partovi, founder of and the Hour of Code program, to speak on the importance of STEM, computer science and coding.

How to empower the next generation of chemists

September 27, 2017

Industry could support the diversification of the talent pool by making it more reflective of the population. By nurturing future chemists throughout their K-12 education, not just at the college or postgraduate level, industry can become more inclusive, according to Stephanie Rogers, managing director for Accenture’s resources industry group. She notes that the chemical industry can improve its attractiveness to STEM graduates--something that’s sorely needed.

Tech giants pledge millions to Trump initiative

September 27, 2017

The funding is a part of the White House’s new initiative to boost STEM and computer science education in grades K-12, which the administration announced on Monday. The initiative will combine the $300 million from the private sector with at least another $200 million from the Department of Education. The money will be spent on computer science curriculums around the country starting in the 2018 fiscal year.

Forget what you've been told about edtech

September 26, 2017

The marker in the article -- the one that had investors seeing edtech as a new shiny object -- was the valuation of the edtech market at $250 billion. That’s enough money for anyone to pay attention. But it’s a gross overestimation. The edtech market does not even come close to this estimate.

Ask 5 Financial Questions When Choosing an Online Degree

September 26, 2017

Determine whether you need to pay a technology or distance learning fee as an online student. Whether you have decided to pursue an online degree for a new job or to advance in your current role, paying for your education can be a major hurdle.

White House announces new tech jobs initiative

September 26, 2017

The White House will put at least $200 million in grant funding towards bolstering STEM and Computer Science education “particularly among historically underserved groups,” the administration announced Monday. The minimum $200 million commitment from the Department of Education is supposed to bolstered by private sector contributions that senior administration officials say will be announced later this week.


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