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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.

What Can Science Teachers Do to Engage Students Better?

September 14, 2017

UTeach grew out of the conviction that public universities have a profound role to play in improving the public education system. This year marks the 20th anniversary for UTeach at UT Austin. The program focuses on a teacher training model that provides students with opportunities to take risks, fail and recover and ultimately excel beyond the standards.

Robots Are Replacing Jobs, But Not Educators

September 13, 2017

When it comes down to it, students don’t connect with canned lectures or impersonal technology. They prefer to interact with real, thinking humans, whose feedback and decision-making skills are invaluable for creating an environment where students can thrive. MOOCs and early attempts at robotizing the teaching profession just don’t have the same impact, and research from Oxford University looking at online course dropout rates has suggested that teaching is one of the safest professions.

To Prepare Kids for Their Futures, Incorporate Technology Into Core Curriculum

September 13, 2017

Your school just invested in a new set of Chromebooks or iPads. Now what? In a study of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states, more than half showed no evidence of students using technology to gather, evaluate, or use information for learning. And in nearly two-thirds of the classrooms, students didn’t appear to use technology to solve problems or work collaboratively.

Is Ed Tech Really Working? 5 Core Tenets to Rethink How We Buy, Use, and Measure New Tools

September 13, 2017

Too many school leaders lack the support they need to ensure that educational technology investment and related activities, strategies, or interventions are evidence-based and effective. This gap between opportunity and capacity is undermining the ability of school leaders to move the needle on educational equity and to execute on the goals of today’s K-16 policies. The education community needs to clearly understand this gap and take some immediate steps to close it.

Will robots soon replace teachers in the classroom?

September 13, 2017

Inspirational teachers of the future will be intelligent machines rather than humans, according to a British university vice chancellor. Within 10 years a technological revolution will sweep aside old notions of education and change the world forever, Sir Anthony Seldon says.

How do you get kids into coding? Tynker and Parrot let them use it to fly drones

September 12, 2017

Educational software maker Tynker has partnered with drone maker Parrot to combine drones with programming education in multiple ways, allowing both schools and parents at home to teach kids to code through drones.

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