Education

Coding as a Literacy for the 21st Century

February 01, 2018

The idea of teaching coding to children is not new. Back in the late 1960s, my mentor at MIT, Seymour Papert, developed the first programming language for children, called LOGO. Although computers were big, expensive machines that occupied full rooms, Seymour anticipated that the technology would get smaller and the thinking bigger. That is to say, children could learn how to think in new ways by programming these devices. At the time, this was a novel idea. Today, few people would disagree with this statement.

Why is STEM Important? Why Do We Keep Talking About it?

January 30, 2018

STEM is important because our world depends on it. The economy, our general well-being—it’s all backed by science, technology, engineering, and math. Thus, when we refer to STEM, it’s not just coding and lab coats. It’s the underpinning of manufacturing, food production, health care, and so much more that frankly, we might take for granted, but surely can’t live without.

Virtual Reality 'Class Kits' Expected to Gain Foothold in U.S. Schools

January 30, 2018

More than 15 percent of U.S. schools are forecast to have a VR class kit by 2021, and globally more than 70 million K-12 students are expected to have a VR experience in school in that year, Davis said. China’s K-12 market is also expected to see significant VR adoption in the mid- to long-term, he said.

Windows And The Future Of Education

January 29, 2018

Getting kids technology that is more focused on education than entertainment and questionable communication and assuring they know how to use it is therefore critical to their, and our, future. Microsoft this week announced 10 Products that use Windows 10 S that are both more affordable and safer than most other alternatives.

Meet the 2018 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame

January 29, 2018

U.S. News & World Report is pleased to announce the 2018 STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, named in advance of this year's U.S. News STEM Solutions Presents Workforce of Tomorrow conference, which will be held April 4-6 in Washington. U.S. News looked for leaders who have achieved measurable results in the science, technology, engineering and math fields; challenged established processes and conventional wisdom; inspired a shared vision; and motivated aspiring STEM professionals.

As schools continue to digitize and automate, where do teachers fit in?

January 29, 2018

Advances in technology have meant a world of change in schools. Yes, proponents of “disruption” tend to argue that students are basically sitting in time capsules from the industrial era, but technology has made schools look and run very differently, both on the operations side and the instructional side.

Microsoft Doubles Down On Education With 'Minecraft,' LEGO, And More

January 28, 2018

The Windows maker is looking to entice students to learn more about STEM and enjoy the experience at the same time. For instance, Minecraft will soon get a Chemistry Update that will be utilized for students to experience "hands-on experimentation" on building compounds, the purpose of which is to stimulate the young minds and steer them into the basic concepts of chemistry.

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here's What They Said.

January 28, 2018

At the end of the day, edtech can feel like one more thing on a teacher’s plate. From IBM’s test scoring machines in the 1930s to the Speak & Spells of the 70s, innovators and educators have been trying to improve education with technology for decades. But these efforts have fallen short of meaningfully transforming learning.

Google for Education Launches Beta for 'Create Your Own' Virtual Reality Experience

January 28, 2018

Educators and their students can now be part of a beta program to create their own Google Expeditions virtual reality experiences. The opportunity was unveiled this week at Bett, the world’s largest educational technology show here. Classes enrolled in what Google calls its “pioneer program” will be able to create their own immersive virtual experiences with a 360-degree camera and the Google app.

H-1B reform bill seeks to expand annual quota

January 26, 2018

Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake introduced legislation on Thursday that aims to increase the annual quota of H-1B visas from 65,000 to 85,000. The H-1B is a common work visa granted to high-skilled foreigners to work at companies in the U.S. It's valid for three years, and can be renewed for another three years.

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