Education

YouTube Is Shaping Your Child's Career Ambitions More Than You Are

January 17, 2018

The greatest influence on the career ambitions of today’s children isn’t their teachers, parents, books, or even self-discovered passions. Instead, their ambitions are being primarily shaped by television, movies, and YouTube. Good news: Over half of girls say they want a career in STEM fields. Bad news: Kid’s entertainment is still very gendered.

California headed for its first fully online community college

January 17, 2018

The latest budget proposal released by California Gov. Jerry Brown calls for a significant addition to the nation’s largest community college system: A fully online California community college. California’s community colleges serve 2.1 million students, or roughly one-quarter of all community college students in the nation.

Is your daughter good at science and math? This new report may worry you

January 16, 2018

More than three-quarters of women who work in STEM fields at male-dominated workplaces report experiencing at least one type of gender discrimination, ranging from being turned down for a job to making less than a man for the same work. Reports of discrimination are highest among women with advanced degrees and those who work with computers.

Will Traditional Colleges and Universities Become Obsolete?

January 15, 2018

Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, in-person learning. At present, colleges and universities are most worried about competition from schools or training systems using online learning technology.

7 facts about the STEM workforce

January 15, 2018

Employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. There’s no single standard for which jobs count as STEM, and this may contribute to a number of misperceptions about who works in STEM and the difference that having a STEM-related degree can make in workers’ pocketbooks.

Artificial Intelligence: What Educators Need to Know

January 12, 2018

Artificial intelligence is a rapidly emerging technology that has the potential to change our everyday lives with a scope and speed that humankind has never experienced before. Some well-known technology leaders such as Tesla architect Elon Musk consider AI a potential threat to humanity and have pushed for its regulation "before it's too late"—an alarmist statement that confuses AI science with science fiction.

Senator works to strengthen Ga.'s HBCUs

January 12, 2018

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus, joined Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) to help improve the financial health of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), some of our nation’s most critical higher education institutions.

These states embraced computer science education in 2017

January 11, 2018

Teaching computer science in K-12 schools -- and even making it a curriculum requirement -- is not just a lofty idea anymore. Schools around the country really began to embrace computer science in 2017, with a number of states moving forward with legislation to make it a mandatory subject. Advocates who have long been fighting for change said the hard work is finally paying off, and more achievements are ahead in 2018.

Most Americans say U.S. STEM education is middling, new poll finds

January 11, 2018

Those surveyed found fault with many aspects of STEM education. “People saw problems stemming from parents, problems stemming from students, as well as problems stemming from teaching style,” said Cary Funk, director of science and society research at Pew and the study’s lead author. More than half of those surveyed said STEM teachers spent too much time meeting state standards (55 percent) and too little emphasizing practical applications (53 percent). Fifty-nine percent said students weren’t willing to work hard to excel in STEM and 61 percent said parents weren’t sufficiently involved in supporting schools.

Artificial Intelligence: Implications for the Future of Education

January 11, 2018

The concept of “Artificial intelligence” can be hard to understand/grasp, especially when trying to think about how it can be applied to education as well as many other sectors of society. In December 2015, the Getting Smart #AskAboutAI research began and over these two years, they have identified over 100 applications of AI to life in areas such as recreation, transportation, education, healthcare and gaming to name just a few.

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