5 technologies to avoid in the classroom-and what to use instead

March 23, 2017

The most popular article on eCampus News is a surprising one to the editors: “6 apps that block social media distractions.” This story, which seemed  a bit counter-intuitive for us to write (being a tech-cheerleading publication in nature), has held the top spot by a massive margin for almost three years now; which had the editors considering the question, “Are there technologies that should simply be avoided in the college classroom?”

Appalachia Has STEM Jobs Available. Will Students Have the Skills to Fill Them?

March 23, 2017

In at least one corner of Appalachia, good mid-level energy-sector jobs are available, thanks to an ongoing natural-gas boom and steady declines in the region's working-age population. But it remains to be seen whether the area's schools can produce enough workers with the science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds that employers are looking for, according to a new RAND Corporation report examining the STEM labor-force pipeline in a 27-county region spanning Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

A crucial product change was hiding in Apple's latest launch

March 23, 2017

Apple said on Tuesday that Swift Playgrounds would be available in Simplified Chinese. Swift Playgrounds is an app, only available on iPads, that helps kids learn to code through games. Not only does Playgrounds help kids learn to code, but it teaches them Apple's new coding language, Swift, released in 2014.

Stanford researchers adapt a DIY robotics kit to give STEM students tools to automate biology experiments

March 22, 2017

Elementary and secondary school students who later want to become scientists and engineers often get hands-on inspiration by using off-the-shelf kits to build and program robots. But so far it’s been difficult to create robotic projects to foster interest in the “wet” sciences - biology, chemistry and medicine - so called because experiments in these field often involve fluids.

When Students Know More About Technology Than Their Teachers

March 22, 2017

For someone trained in an era when teachers were lucky to have a single Apple IIe computer to share with another teacher, today's high-tech era of cloud computing, virtual reality, and 3-D printing is a little bit overwhelming at times. Overcoming these fears hasn't been easy, but I've learned to change my thinking about technology in three ways...

U.S. News & World Report Honors STEM Trailblazers

March 22, 2017

The theme of this year's conference is "Building America's Workforce: A Blueprint for Tomorrow." This year's group of Hall of Fame award-winners were selected for their longstanding leadership, guidance, and commitment to improving science, technology, engineering and math education and workforce development.

District sees massive STEM gains with VR

March 21, 2017

The students at Franklin Square Union Free School District in Nassau County, New York, had already studied the layers of the earth. They’d seen a video, discussed the concept, and even taken apart a physical class model. But when they worked with a virtual earth in zSpace, you could hear the “wows” and “whoahs” all over the classroom. They lifted the virtual earth from the screen and turned it around to see it from all sides. They peeled off the earth’s rocky crust, and used virtual tools to measure the depth of each layer.

What Apple can do to win back Chromebook users & improve the education system

March 21, 2017

There are a variety of things to consider in this argument, the first being price. There’s no way around it: Chromebooks are more affordable than Apple devices. You can get and partnerships between Google and school corporations are plentiful, making the price even lower than that. On the other hand, iPads have gotten significantly cheaper over the years.

DOL Announces Grant to Teach Native Youth STEM Skills

March 21, 2017

The Department of Labor announced the availability of a grant for organizations to teach STEM skills to native youth and young adults in Hawaii and Alaska. The DOL announced on March 9 that it has $497,000 to give to organizations that will help native youth develop skills needed for in-demand occupations and industries.

3 Innovations Borne Out of Virtual Classrooms Expand Higher Education's Reach

March 20, 2017

For college students, taking classes virtually offers the opportunity to learn flexibly - whenever and wherever they want. Though lack of social interaction has been a concern, online education has helped to foster some big innovations in collaboration at universities.


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