Education

There's a shortage of K-12 computer science education in the U.S., Microsoft survey finds

December 05, 2018

The number of open computer science jobs is continuing to grow and drawing the attention of educators and industry to the urgent need for comprehensive K-12 computer science education. “Computer science skills are clearly in high demand, but low supply,” said Mark Sparvell, senior manager of educational marketing at Microsoft.

NSF, NASA announce commitments to support White House strategic plan on STEM education

December 05, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with other federal agencies in support of NSF INCLUDES National Network, a program dedicated to making a lasting impact on diversifying the STEM workforce of the future. Partners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push

December 05, 2018

The White House announced Monday evening a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and math education, setting forth what it calls a "North Star" that "charts a course for the Nation's success." "It represents an urgent call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities, and employers," the White House plan reads.

5 Ways To Address The Widening Skills Gap

December 04, 2018

In industries across the board, job openings outnumber qualified applicants -- and it’s only going to get worse. According to research released earlier this year by the Korn Ferry Institute, the existing talent shortage will reach its worst levels in 2030, when an expected 85.2 million job openings will go unfilled worldwide.

Teachers across America are obsessed with Google products - here's how Apple and Microsoft plan to win them back

December 04, 2018

Google has steadily taken over the ed-tech market with its super-cheap Chromebooks and user-friendly education management software. In 2017, Chromebooks and other Google devices made up 58% of all devices purchased for US classrooms, according to Futuresource data. That figure was a mere 5% in 2012.

Trump emphasizes workforce training in new vision for STEM education

December 04, 2018

The White House announced Monday evening a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and math education, setting forth what it calls a "North Star" that "charts a course for the Nation's success." "It represents an urgent call to action for a nationwide collaboration with learners, families, educators, communities, and employers," the White House plan reads. The administration's goal is threefold: for every American to master basic STEM concepts, like computational thinking, in order to respond to technological change; to increase access to STEM among historically underserved students; and to encourage students to pursue STEM careers.

Microsoft commits $10M to Code.org as survey finds obstacles to teaching computer science

December 03, 2018

Underqualified. Overwhelmed. Underfunded. Those are among the reasons teachers give, in a new survey, as to why they or other educators at their school don’t teach students computer science -- on the first day of the annual Computer Science Education Week.

A shortage of computer science teachers is putting the workforce at risk

November 29, 2018

While the workforce fails to keep up with the demand for workers with STEM skills, American schools struggle to meet the need for STEM education. The root of both problems is the same: a dire shortage of teachers qualified to teach computer science. This is true at both the K-12 and college levels.

How K–12 Schools Envision the Future of Education

November 28, 2018

Rachel Gorton, instructional technology coordinator for Minnesota’s Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, talks to EdTech about making technology as transparent as possible, so that student learning can shine through.

NSTA Unveils List of the 2019 Best STEM Books for K-12 Students

November 27, 2018

The National Science Teachers Association today announced its third annual list of "Best STEM Books K-12." This list--selected by volunteer educators and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council--provides recommendations about the best trade books with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content available for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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