Education

How one lawmaker is pushing to end shortage of skilled trades teachers

November 08, 2017

"We do have a shortage," Miller said. "When we advertise, we're not getting CTE (career and technical education) certified teachers in the application pool." Across Michigan, school administrators say they are facing similar challenges. With CTE enrollment growing statewide, several said they are struggling with a shortage of applicants for open positions, while others worry about finding the right people if they expand programs.

Lego Education Builds STEAM Set for Pre-K

November 08, 2017

Lego Education has compiled a set of its DUPLO bricks and other components into a kit branded as "STEAM Park," intended to help preschoolers try out activities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

4 Ways Apps Help Users Get the Most Out of Chromebooks

November 08, 2017

Initially, people believed Chromebooks were good for surfing the internet and little else, but that mindset has been shown to be incorrect. Students are using Chromebooks -- 20 million in schools nationwide -- and G Suite for Education, Google’s popular education cloud platform which boasts 70 million users, for a large part of their learning.

How littleBits grew from side project to Star Wars

November 07, 2017

It wasn’t ever meant to be a product or a company. It was just a little project that I was doing. I took it to Maker Fair in 2009,” Bdeir explains, as we sit down in a corner of the company’s spacious Manhattan digs. “It was just me, in a little booth, showing it off to friends, and suddenly hoards of people started coming up and kids starting lining up to play with them. I started to realize there was a real opportunity to inspire kids and empower them to get excited about education.”

With a focus on careers and 'sneaky academics,' technical high schools are on the rise

November 06, 2017

Enthusiasm for career and technical education has been building in recent years as educators and lawmakers moved away from the once-popular notion that every student should try for a college degree. Many districts have added career academies to their high schools, hoping to tap into students' interests.

Tech companies want great STEM education -- they should pay a fair share

November 06, 2017

Some have heralded Amazon’s search for their second headquarters as a wake-up call to policymakers about the need for increased computer science and STEM education funding. While the goals are laudable, it is easy to overlooks a significant problem with the growth of companies such as Amazon and others -- It often comes at the expense of local education funding.

Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind

November 06, 2017

A glimpse into America’s future labor market suggests a boom in health care jobs, soaring employment in clean energy and a continued decline in manufacturing positions. Those are among the key takeaways from 10-year employment projections released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The findings offer more evidence of widening socioeconomic inequality, the migration of jobs to the service sector and a drop in the number of middle-class jobs for workers with only a high school diploma.

Silicon Valley Tried to Reinvent Schools. Now It's Rebooting

November 05, 2017

Max Ventilla sold investors on a promise to build modern, technology-infused schools that would revolutionize education. The former Google executive convinced Mark Zuckerberg and prominent venture capitalists to commit $175 million to his startup, AltSchool. The company built at least nine grade schools in California and New York, some equipped with ceiling-mounted video cameras, an abundance of computers, custom apps, robots and 3D printers.

Is technology in schools making our kids smarter?

November 05, 2017

Bloomington Schools have mastered the one-to-one concept. That means one laptop for every student in the district. “Grades 3 through 12, every student is carrying a device," says Weisser. Digital content is much cheaper than text books, saving school districts thousands. It's immediate, adaptable and accessible outside of school walls. After three years of implementation, Weisser says he’s seen changes in the students with the technology.

6 ways video technologies are fundamentally shaping education

November 05, 2017

Video technologies’ continue to have a profound impact on K-12 and higher-ed classrooms as educators and students report increases in achievement, engagement and active content creation, according to a new survey from Kaltura. Ninety-nine percent of institutions report they have teachers regularly incorporating video technologies in their curriculum.

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