Education

Can eLearning Close the Gender Gap?

January 22, 2018

Women face at least two ongoing educational obstacles. First, there is substantial evidence that girls continue to get streamed out of STEM programs, if not in middle or high school, at least by the time they arrive in university. Indeed, most computer science and engineering programs have yet to tip the 20% mark when it comes to graduating women.

Where Education Tech Is Going In 2018

January 22, 2018

Despite more global investment in EdTech, not much happened in 2017. Here’s a look at where the innovation is happening this year. Given exponential change in the #FutureofWork, a growing number of schools, districts and networks are adopting new student learning goals. Some describe it as an updated profile of a graduate.

STEM Education Needs More Shop Floors

January 22, 2018

Over the next decade, an estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. will go unfilled. A 2014 study by Deloitte reports that the manufacturing skills gap will drive this deficit. According to the same study, about 70 percent of manufacturing CEOs say their workforce currently lacks technology, computer, basic technical and problem solving skills, while 78 percent said these shortcomings will hamper technological growth in U.S. manufacturing.

Behavioral Nudging Model Increases Persistence in STEM Majors at Community Colleges

January 22, 2018

Through a joint initiative by Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Persistence Plus, approximately 10,000 students at four leading community colleges in the United States are receiving personalized text message "nudges" that keep them on the path toward college completion and STEM success. A randomized trial this past summer with nearly 2,000 students showed that STEM students who received the nudges returned for the 2017 fall semester at a rate 10 percentage points higher than a control group of students who did not receive nudges. These are very promising results.

STEM majors are the most confident about job prospects, survey finds

January 21, 2018

College students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) are confident about their job prospects. In fact, in a recent survey, they expressed more confidence than their peers who are pursuing degrees in the liberal arts, business or public service.

Stark Gender, Racial Gaps Persist in Engineering, Computer Science

January 18, 2018

In analyzing data from the Texas Education Research Center, SWE researchers found that less than 4 percent of female students chose engineering or computer science (ECS) majors compared to nearly 20 percent of men across two- and four-year institutions in the state. Evidence of a slight decrease in ECS major declarations among women comes despite more women than men enrolling in college each year.

Google Offers Online Course in Jobs Push Amid Concerns About AI

January 18, 2018

Google has poured billions into artificial intelligence, a technology that many expect will render jobs across several fields obsolete. Last year, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai introduced a companywide initiative focused on employment. He announced Google would give $1 billion over five years to nonprofits in the field.

6 of the best new coding toys for kids - Best of CES 2018

January 18, 2018

In years past, some coding toys seemed too complex, too boring, too expensive. But this year gives me hope that we’re coming a long way in terms of getting kids excited about STEM skills and coding basics, and giving them plenty of options to find the one that best appeals to them. Here, just a few favorites.

YouTube Is Shaping Your Child's Career Ambitions More Than You Are

January 17, 2018

The greatest influence on the career ambitions of today’s children isn’t their teachers, parents, books, or even self-discovered passions. Instead, their ambitions are being primarily shaped by television, movies, and YouTube. Good news: Over half of girls say they want a career in STEM fields. Bad news: Kid’s entertainment is still very gendered.

California headed for its first fully online community college

January 17, 2018

The latest budget proposal released by California Gov. Jerry Brown calls for a significant addition to the nation’s largest community college system: A fully online California community college. California’s community colleges serve 2.1 million students, or roughly one-quarter of all community college students in the nation.

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