Education in the Digital Age: A Look at the Progression of Technology in Education

December 14, 2017

There are teachers using interactive whiteboards, and students sneaking peeks at their phones or using a tablet. But I still see teachers covering material via lectures and students using textbooks--just as they do in my own university. I can’t help but ask: “Why has education changed so little when media and technology have changed so much?”

Single-sex schools and unexpected STEM outcomes

December 14, 2017

Given the rising interest in the potential benefits of single-sex education in the United States, particularly in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, Penn researchers Hyunjoon Park, Jere Behrman, and former Ph.D. student Jaesung Choi turned to a similar setting on the other side of the world: Seoul, South Korea, where two-thirds of high school students attend gender separate schools.

We Need More Women In STEM: The Girl Scouts Want To Help

December 13, 2017

The gender gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is a known and stubborn quandary: While women make up roughly half of the college-educated U.S. workforce, they account for less than 30% of STEM jobs. To fix that, the Girl Scouts hopes to prepare at least 2.5 million girls for potential STEM-related jobs by 2025.

Artificial Intelligence Is Around the Corner. Educators Should Take Note

December 13, 2017

The student and the district supervisor in these fictional vignettes offer two possible scenarios of how the education community could soon be regulated by artificial-intelligence systems and devices. As a society, we must get used to the concept of "technological legislation," the notion that widely distributed technological systems and devices often govern our lives more effectively than local, state, or federal laws.

Why STEM recruitment programs aren't working

December 13, 2017

Maker faires, science camps, robotics competitions -- they’re often the go-to strategies for recruiting students to STEM careers. Kids who are passionate about STEM find them irresistible. But are they effective at winning over students who are on the fence about it?

The Solution to Our Education Crisis Might be AI

December 13, 2017

Robots will replace teachers by 2027. That’s the bold claim that Anthony Seldon, a British education expert, made at the British Science Festival in September. Seldon may be the first to set such a specific deadline for the automation of education, but he’s not the first to note technology’s potential to replace human workers.

Microsoft Asserts Windows Gaining Ground in Education Market

December 12, 2017

"In K-12 schools in the U.S. in the last year, Windows device share grew 4.3 percent on devices under $300 and 8.2 percent on devices over $300, as more and more schools are choosing Windows over competitive offerings," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of the Windows and Devices division at Microsoft, in a blog post citing data from Futuresource Consulting.

The Key to Unlocking U.S. GDP Growth: Women

December 11, 2017

S&P Global believes that a dual-pronged effort of increasing entry and retention of more women to the American workforce, particularly those professions traditionally filled by men, represents a substantial opportunity for growth of the world’s principal economy, with the potential to add 5%-10% to nominal GDP in just a few decades.

STEM holiday gift guide for children

December 10, 2017

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect gift for a child on your holiday shopping list, here are a few toys that can help kids develop (or sustain) an interest in STEM concepts.

Taking a second look at the learn-to-code craze

December 07, 2017

One of the earliest corporate efforts to get computers into schools was Apple’s “Kids Can’t Wait” program in 1982. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs personally lobbied Congress to pass the Computer Equipment Contribution Act, which would have allowed companies that donated computers to schools, libraries and museums to deduct the equipment’s value from their corporate income tax bills. While his efforts in Washington failed, he succeeded in his home state of California, where companies could claim a tax credit for 25 percent of the value of computer donations.


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