Education

Technology in the classroom: Engaging students, promoting deeper learning and helping teachers

June 18, 2018

To create classrooms of creativity, teachers have to understand that their students - Generation Z - were born into a world with smartphones, tablets and computers. “They do texts and usually images, and they think in small, bite-size chunks, so becomes our jobs the help them value deep work and deep learning,” Clark said.

8 free online course sites for growing your tech skills

June 18, 2018

Education doesn’t have to be expensive -- there are plenty of free courses to brush up on your IT skills that require nothing more than an internet connection and a laptop or smartphone. These eight online education providers offer free programs and courses on nearly any technical domain. It’s a great way to dip your toe into a new topic with limited commitment, or to stay on top of developing trends and technologies in your industry.

Breaking a Guinness World Record with Bubble-Powered Rockets

June 18, 2018

Alka-rockets are easy enough for even young children to build and experiment with, but the rockets that the competing college teams build go beyond a simple classroom experiment. The University of Minnesota team broke the Guinness World Record for highest Alka-rocket launch in the challenge's first year, reaching 430 feet (130 meters) with 100 crushed Alka-Seltzer tablets.

Using Maker Education to Encourage Girls to Pursue STEM

June 18, 2018

While young girls report marked ambitions for their futures, they flock to other types of work, often in more people-focused fields. The inequality in STEM creates a landscape where innovation for the masses is created by a small portion of the population with a very narrow and similar set of life experiences. Luckily, educators have been developing methods to foster interest in STEM fields in girls.

Drexel's ExCITe Center releases first national study of K-12 education makerspaces

June 18, 2018

Drexel University's ExCITe Center released Making Culture, the first in-depth examination of K-12 education makerspaces nationwide, revealing the significance of cultural aspects of making that enable learning. The research highlights how makerspaces foster a range of positive student learning outcomes, but also reflect some of the gaps in inclusion common in the STEM fields.

Sally Ride -- Space Pioneer, STEM Entrepreneur

June 17, 2018

As Ride herself noted in her oral history at NASA, she became aware that after elementary school, “girls move away from science and math in numbers greater than boys do -- not because they’re not good at it and not because they’re not interested in it. This happens for a variety of reasons, most cultural or societal.”

IBM-led coalition pushes senators for action on better tech skills training

June 15, 2018

IBM is pushing congressional leaders to update workforce legislation aimed at helping workers get technical skills necessary from the growing number of technology-related vocational jobs. In a letter, the legacy tech giant, leading a coalition of 400 organizations, urged the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), as well as its top Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

Schools Choose Hands-On LEGO® Learning Solutions for STEM Skills Development

June 14, 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - Today LEGO® Education announces that schools around the world are taking advantage of hands-on LEGO learning solutions. Together with these schools, LEGO Education aims to engage every student’s natural curiosity, and helps them develop the skills and confidence they'll need in the future.

What the US can learn from Switzerland's successful approach to vocational education

June 13, 2018

The US consistently underperforms on international academic benchmarks compared to other developed countries—a reality that education secretary Betsy DeVos seems intent on changing. DeVos is on a 10-day, multi-stop visit to Europe to learn about apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, and the European K-12 education system.

The Perfect Storm for the Manufacturing Workforce

June 13, 2018

According to research from the Society for Human Resource Management, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the percentage of boomers retiring has doubled over the past eight years and will continue to increase until the last of the boomers reach 65 around 2030. This is particularly challenging for manufacturers. Not only are more than a quarter of manufacturing workers over the age of 55, but the BLS also notes that manufacturers have the highest tenure compared to other sectors.

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