Getting to The Root of the Tech Industry's Gender Gap
In 1985 there were 14 boys for every girl in the top 0.01 percent of math test takers, while today that gap has closed to two-and-a-half to one. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, women began outstripping men in the number of college degrees earned at all levels over the course of the 1980s. It is not reasonable to think that innate gender differences could change so dramatically in so short a time. We must conclude that cultural shifts can drive changes in gender-based achievement gaps.
Bellrobot Launches Mabot, an Interactive Robotics Learning Kit for Children
Bellrobot team at Bell Education Company has announced the launch of their new modular interactive robotics learning kit for kids named Mabot, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter in October 2017. The educational toy is the modular robot kit that allows nearly endless combinations of robot builds that is simple to use, educational and fun for the whole family.
The Best Cities for Diversity in STEM
STEM jobs are some of the most desired in the country. These jobs tend to offer the best pay and the best benefits. However, as inequality remains a problem in American society, more people are starting to focus on who are employed in these fields.
'Career ready' out of high school? Why the nation needs to let go of that myth
Unlike old-fashioned vocational education, high school-level career and technical education doesn’t really prepare people for jobs directly after high school. While the stated end goal of K-12 education in America is for students to be “college and career ready,” the reality is the existence of career-ready high school graduates is a myth. The expectation that high school produces career-ready adults in a 21st century economy is unrealistic and counterproductive.
Five Educational Technologies, Circa 1918
One hundred years ago, today’s classroom would have been unimaginable. From white boards to laptops to learning management systems that enable learners to learn anywhere and anytime, there is not much about today’s technologies that reflects those present in a classroom from 1918. However, this doesn’t mean that our counterparts back in 1918 didn’t have their own form of “ed tech.”
5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools
Risk one is the invasion of student privacy, utilizing data by tech companies collected when students are online. The story of inBloom is a cautionary tale. Funded in 2014 with $100 million from the Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, inBloom intended to collect massive amounts of personally identifiable student data and use it to “personalize” learning to each student.
The newest American Girl doll - an astronaut on a mission to get girls into STEM
Getting more girls into STEM isn’t rocket science – you just need to fire up their imaginations. That’s the mission behind American Girl’s new 2018 Girl of the Year, Luciana Vega, who wants to be the first person on Mars. The Mattel-owned toymaker debuted the aspiring astronaut doll on “Good Morning America” last week before a group of girls dressed in official NASA flight suits.
What's ahead on the edtech landscape in 2018
As a new year commences, many educators wonder what’s on the minds of technology leaders and what they see ahead for edtech in 2018. While new classroom technologies and digital learning platforms will continue to proliferate, the education sector may also start to notice shifts within institutions on tech-related cultural issues, sources in the field say.
Role of Virtual Reality in Education
Virtual reality plays a significant role in the education field or sector. It makes it easier for students to comprehend what they are being taught and also allows them to live the reality. Virtual reality opens up many opportunities in the educational system.
STEM isn't just for kids
To encourage more STEM learning by young students, it is important to think of your own hobbies and interests in terms of STEM. Making things that you find interesting and enjoyable isn’t just fulfilling, it’s setting a good example to the young people around you. Let them see your process all the way from your problems and questions, to your plan and eventual successes.