Education

K–12 Videoconferencing Offers New Opportunities for Understaffed School Districts

December 09, 2018

K–12 schools are looking for new ways to connect qualified teachers with their students. Videoconferencing tools and online learning environments may be the answer.  The number of teachers in the U.S. has been shrinking over the past few years, and school administrators are noticing.

Blockchain: A Revolution For STEM Education

December 07, 2018

These days, it seems like everyone is talking about blockchain technology. News about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is hard to resist, especially when their value shoots up and everyone wants to know how the blockchain can make them rich. But the real value of blockchain isn't necessarily just the alternative currency component. It also lies in how this technology could transform and streamline transactions and recordkeeping in all sorts of fields -- specifically education.

Auto shop prepares students for a long and winding road

December 06, 2018

While many classes at Davis High School might get you into an elite college, few can lead a student straight into a lifelong career. Auto Shop is one of the only classes that prepares students for a career, right out of high school.

How tech companies are creating products to educate young children

December 06, 2018

Even as some in Silicon Valley circles try to keep their kids away from smartphones and other technology, many others believe kids' exposure to devices is inevitable and our job is to make sure that they learn and stay healthy along the way.

The Quest for Quality Jobs

December 05, 2018

The United States lost one-third of its manufacturing jobs--5.8 million positions--between 2000 and 2010. Although the economy has strengthened significantly since then, only about 12% of these jobs have returned. Their disappearance has resulted in painful social disruption: manufacturing had been a critical route to the middle class for those with high school educations or less.

There's a shortage of K-12 computer science education in the U.S., Microsoft survey finds

December 05, 2018

The number of open computer science jobs is continuing to grow and drawing the attention of educators and industry to the urgent need for comprehensive K-12 computer science education. “Computer science skills are clearly in high demand, but low supply,” said Mark Sparvell, senior manager of educational marketing at Microsoft.

NSF, NASA announce commitments to support White House strategic plan on STEM education

December 05, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with other federal agencies in support of NSF INCLUDES National Network, a program dedicated to making a lasting impact on diversifying the STEM workforce of the future. Partners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push

December 05, 2018

The White House announced Monday evening a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and math education, setting forth what it calls a "North Star" that "charts a course for the Nation's success." "It represents an urgent call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities, and employers," the White House plan reads.

5 Ways To Address The Widening Skills Gap

December 04, 2018

In industries across the board, job openings outnumber qualified applicants -- and it’s only going to get worse. According to research released earlier this year by the Korn Ferry Institute, the existing talent shortage will reach its worst levels in 2030, when an expected 85.2 million job openings will go unfilled worldwide.

Teachers across America are obsessed with Google products - here's how Apple and Microsoft plan to win them back

December 04, 2018

Google has steadily taken over the ed-tech market with its super-cheap Chromebooks and user-friendly education management software. In 2017, Chromebooks and other Google devices made up 58% of all devices purchased for US classrooms, according to Futuresource data. That figure was a mere 5% in 2012.

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