Education

Could ESSA Plans Invigorate State STEM Intentions?

August 08, 2017

Could states use their ESSA plans to formulate innovative ways to advance STEM in their schools? That's the hope of an organization that recently examined the Every Student Succeeds Act plans developed by states for submission to the U.S. Department of Education. The analysis looked at the 17 plans that have already been submitted as well as eight other draft plans.

Coding Boot Camps Won't Save Us All

August 08, 2017

Coding boot camps were supposed to be the next big thing in higher education, promising a compressed, career-focused alternative to traditional graduate school. In the past five years, startups offering these programs have raised millions in investment and won praise from policymakers as an innovative way to prepare (or retrain) workers for the jobs of the digital future.

Betsy DeVos Approves Delaware's ESSA Plan, After Blowback

August 07, 2017

"My criteria for approval is clear: does the state's plan adhere to the law? Delaware demonstrated their plan does, and so I am happy to approve it," DeVos said in a statement. "I hope it will give the students, families and educators in the state a strong foundation for a great education." Upon learning that the department had approved Delaware's plan, the CCSSO's Minnich said in a statement Tuesday that he was pleased the department had "acted quickly" to give the state's plan the go-ahead.

New class leads to big gains in number of girls, minorities taking AP computer science exams

August 07, 2017

Of the 111,262 high school students who took the College Board’s Advanced Placement computer science exams in May, 27 percent were girls, a jump from 23 percent last year. Twenty percent of the test-takers were Latino or African-American, up from 15 percent in 2016. The increases are largely due to a new AP computer science class launched in 2016-17...

SciGirls Offers Real STEM Role Models for Young Girls

August 07, 2017

In each half-hour episode, middle-school-aged girls are paired with female STEM professionals, and together with cartoon mascots Izzie and Jake, they embark on a STEM mission. Every episode takes place in a different location and features new teams of students and professional scientists.

Education Technology, Personalized Learning, and Virtual Schooling: Opportunities and Dangers

August 06, 2017

The cover of the latest issue of The Economist boldly proclaims, "The Future of Learning: How Technology is Transforming Education." One article discusses how technology and teachers can revamp schools through personalized learning. Another notes that recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) permit machines to learn about the students using them by analyzing data from problem sets and practice tests.

New G.I. Bill Benefits Focus on STEM Careers

August 04, 2017

The Senate unanimously passed a $3 billion expansion to the G.I. Bill on Wednesday, paving the way for veterans to pursue STEM careers while bolstering existing benefits. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure, which the House passed last week, also in a unanimous vote. The original G.I. Bill was created after World War II, allowing returning veterans to receive an education in return for their service.

Dow and Richard Childress Racing Launch 'The Speed of STEM' Learning Modules

August 03, 2017

Sharing a common passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and education, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) unveiled today the first of a series of learning modules that bring to life the importance of STEM in the sport of racing.

Trump donated $100,000 for a science camp. What should it look like?

August 03, 2017

“We want to encourage as many children as possible to explore STEM fields, in the hope that many develop a passion for these fields,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said at a 26 July White House press briefing where she accepted the gift. But the White House and the department released no details about the planned camp, leaving many STEM professionals uncertain about what the Trump administration has in mind.

3 Ways Game-Based Learning Can Boost Math Skills

August 02, 2017

Games can be a great tool for teaching students about complex topics like digital citizenship, politics and even science. With about 47 percent of kids aged 4 to 13 playing digital games every day, game-based learning is poised to further engage children in the classroom.

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