Education

Edtech CEOs Seek to Change the 'Adversarial Narrative' With Public School Teachers

September 19, 2017

Who is the biggest spender in the education technology market? That would be school districts, which the report says make up about 33.5 percent of education technology purchases. The districts are largely spending their funds on software, with expenditures estimated to reach $3.9 billion in 2017. The majority of the purchases were for learning management systems.

GM Invests in STEM Education to Boost Women in Tech

September 19, 2017

General Motors Co. (GM) recently announced that it would contribute more than $850,000 to four nonprofits to help prepare young women and minorities for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.(1) With this pledge, GM’s total investment in STEM education will exceed $10 million by year end.(2) Monica Eaton-Cardone, an IT executive specializing in risk management and fraud prevention, commends the automotive leader and calls for other firms to undertake their own efforts to help increase the number of women in technology professions.

Education technology and AI: Why digital learning should not be ignored

September 19, 2017

In recent years, the thriving digital era has paved the way for the exponential transformation of the world's education system. Thanks to the rising influence of #Education Technology (EdTech) and #Artificial Intelligence (AI), the science of learning, which includes the teaching and learning processes, is progressively reshaped to be more interactive, personalized and hands-on.

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.

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