Education

Learning Robot Brings Kids Into AI Worlds

September 18, 2017

It’s not difficult to see artificial intelligence and robotics go together like orange and chocolate, maybe better. It’s even less difficult to deduce that artificial intelligence and robotics, individually and combined, will be a source of future employment and those with mad skills resulting from the study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects will be making the big bucks

Piper Raises $7.6M to Help Parents Battle Idle Screen Time

September 18, 2017

Piper is the creator of a DIY computer kit that promises to stimulate young minds to learn computing concepts while providing an alternative to passive, mind-numbing ‘screen time’ prevalent with so many 8 to 12 year olds. Piper’s first computer kit includes an array of electronics designed to entice naturally curious kids with little to no experience with computers or programming to open the box and begin playing with its components.

Talent Shortage Rooted in Education, Say Tech Industry Experts

September 17, 2017

Here’s a statistic to chew on: looking at the current pipeline of students, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that by 2020, an estimated one million computer programming jobs in the U.S. will not be filled. The tech talent shortage isn’t a Utah problem, it’s a national problem--and its roots are dug deeply into our education system.

The 10 best coding bootcamps

September 17, 2017

If you’re looking to beef up your developer teams, don’t discount talent from coding bootcamps. Many bootcamp graduates are eager to make a career change, get back into the workforce after a leave period or simply add to their existing coding skills. But how can you gauge the quality of the large array of bootcamps to ensure your talent has the coding chops to excel?

Betsy DeVos Visits Air Force Academy

September 17, 2017

The Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a visit to the Air Force Academy as part of her "Rethink Schools" tour. The point of the tour is to talk to multiple school administrations in the country to change the way we teach our students. From the way desks are lined up to how teachers interact with students.

Something Everyone Can Agree On: A Look at Another Big STEM Diversity Gift

September 17, 2017

News out of Blacksburg, Virginia finds the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation joining an ever-growing list of grantmakers focused on STEM diversity. The Bethesda, Maryland-based foundation gave the school a $15 million gift to Virginia Tech to increase the number of minorities in its engineering department over the next five years.

Pittsburgh's self-driving car boom means $200,000 pay packages for robotics grads

September 17, 2017

There's a war for talent in Pittsburgh's booming autonomous car market. It started with Uber and now includes Argo AI, which is majority owned by Ford, and a start-up called Aurora Innovation. With so much hiring, it's a good time to be at the city's prized academic institution, Carnegie Mellon University.

What Can Science Teachers Do to Engage Students Better?

September 14, 2017

UTeach grew out of the conviction that public universities have a profound role to play in improving the public education system. This year marks the 20th anniversary for UTeach at UT Austin. The program focuses on a teacher training model that provides students with opportunities to take risks, fail and recover and ultimately excel beyond the standards.

Robots Are Replacing Jobs, But Not Educators

September 13, 2017

When it comes down to it, students don’t connect with canned lectures or impersonal technology. They prefer to interact with real, thinking humans, whose feedback and decision-making skills are invaluable for creating an environment where students can thrive. MOOCs and early attempts at robotizing the teaching profession just don’t have the same impact, and research from Oxford University looking at online course dropout rates has suggested that teaching is one of the safest professions.

To Prepare Kids for Their Futures, Incorporate Technology Into Core Curriculum

September 13, 2017

Your school just invested in a new set of Chromebooks or iPads. Now what? In a study of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states, more than half showed no evidence of students using technology to gather, evaluate, or use information for learning. And in nearly two-thirds of the classrooms, students didn’t appear to use technology to solve problems or work collaboratively.

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