Parents See Tech as Beneficial to Education

September 04, 2018

A new survey of more than 1,000 parents of students aged 17 or younger found that technology is viewed largely in a positive light, at least when it's used in schools as part of a child's education.

Does the 2018 Horizon Report Ask the Right Questions?

August 31, 2018

Have you been spending quality time with the 2018 NMC Horizon Report? Does the 2018 Horizon Report ask the right questions? An alternative way to ask this question is what types of questions could the Horizon Report address that would cause academics from outside of the edtech world to read the document?

The Future of Technology and Education: 5 Ways Online Learning Prepares You for Tomorrow

August 30, 2018

When it comes to education, online learning has become an increasingly popular choice for many students. Between the demands of family, work, and extracurricular activities, college and university students today are tasked with more than just earning a degree. Online classes provide the flexibility students need to juggle multiple commitments while furthering their education.

Technical, career education warrants attention

August 27, 2018

Nationally, the number of high-school students concentrating in career education has risen 22 percent over the past decade, to 3.6 million, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Locally, student enrollment at the Cabell County Career Technology Center now stands at 300, which may not seem like a lot but is double what it was just five years ago.

STEM Worker Shortage at a Crisis, Survey Shows

August 27, 2018

Despite years of initiatives to recruit skilled foreign workers or increase interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students in the United States, a new study shows Americans feel the need for additional STEM workers is critical.

How an Oakland Nonprofit Is Teaching Girls Environmental STEM in a Way That Hits Close to Home

August 27, 2018

Situated in West Oakland, the nonprofit Techbridge Girls works to expose girls from low-income communities to STEM. Environmental education is one of the topics the 18-year-old organization teaches girls, and its efforts in that area recently won $100,000 as the grand prize winner of the UL Innovative Education Award.

New Space Science Badges Encourage Girl Scouts to Pursue STEM Education

August 23, 2018

Daisies who pursue the Space Science Explorer badge will observe the sun, moon and sky, while Brownies tackling the Space Science Adventurer badge will delve into the planets, moon phases and constellations. Juniors, aka Space Science Investigators, will explore the celestial motion, the dimensions of constellations, and the size and scale of the solar system.

Perkins Act Given Another 6 Years of Life

August 23, 2018

The Perkins Act, H.R. 2353 (115), which has been considered for reauthorization since 2012, commits between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion for the program over the next six years. The law will take effect beginning on July 1, 2019. Among the changes from its original 2006 version: less federal oversight, more state control for setting CTE goals and encouragement for states to pass along the bulk of funding to local communities to meet their individual needs.

Minecraft: Education Edition heading to iPad in September

August 23, 2018

The educational version of the game will be accessible on iPad from September, around the start of the new school year for most students. The app will be a free download from the App Store, and is designed for use with the Education Edition subscription sold from Microsoft.

Are Teachers About To Be Replaced By Bots?

August 21, 2018

It’s generally accepted that as technology moves into classrooms, teachers will move, as the saying goes, “from a sage on the stage to a guide on side.” That shift has rightly troubled teachers and teaching advocates who fear that educators who instruct, analyze and provide vital context will be diminished or co-opted outright by soulless, algorithm-driven tech.


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