Schools, teachers see growth and changes in STEM classes

October 03, 2016

"(We’re) really getting kids to discover scientific outcomes rather than telling them what the outcome is supposed to be," said Franklin Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Joyce Edwards. The push to improve classes comes from a need to align districts with new state standards slated to bolster STEM-intensive courses across Massachusetts, teachers say. Adopted earlier this year, the updated requirements place emphasis on teaching kids a variety of science subjects at each grade level instead of only one.

Making smarter decisions about classroom technologies

October 02, 2016

More than ever, children carry computers in their pockets and ever-expanding internet connectivity promises to reach even the most remote classrooms, putting a wealth of information at student’s fingertips. And there are growing demands from parents, educators, governments, and donors to incorporate educational technologies as part of children’s core curricula.  But how does a teacher or administrator decide which technology is a good fit for their classroom?

Collaborating with community colleges to innovate educational technology

October 02, 2016

Nearly one in every two undergraduates in the United States attends community college. Serving a large and diverse pool of students, community colleges are critical in bridging the job-skills gap, in empowering students to transition to four-year institutions, and in enabling opportunities for non-traditional pathways. But community colleges face an important hurdle: How can they scale so as to offer high-quality, affordable education to growing student numbers?

China Surpassing US in Educational Technology

September 29, 2016

China wants it big in terms of size and degree. Recently, it has made some news for launching the world's biggest radio telescope and setting itself up as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to technology. Even in the field of education technology, China is making waves for surpassing the US by having the biggest investment when it comes to education technology.

Congress needs to put our money where our mouth is on STEM

September 29, 2016

In his recent op-ed for The Hill (“STEM education: Not just for the next Neil Armstrong,” Sept. 20), Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) lays out the importance of inspiring our nation’s next generation of scientists, engineers and astronauts early on. I could not agree more. We need to inspire and challenge our nation’s young people to innovate the future. -- Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)

Survey says students are avoiding STEM classes

September 28, 2016

A recent study shows students are skipping science and math because they don't understand the vast career opportunities available in those fields. According to a STEM survey conducted by Emerson, a global manufacturing and technology company, 42% of people would have considered an education in STEM if they better understood a potential career path, and 1 in 3 didn't pursue a career in STEM because it seemed too hard.

How STEM Skills Are the Next Great Equalizer

September 28, 2016

It was not until the tech boom of the late 1990s that we started seeing an uptick in the number of students getting degrees in STEM fields. They’re now many of the people driving our current technology revolution in fields like computing, communications, virtual reality and more. In a recent piece here in TIME, I wrote about seven areas of explosive growth in tech that will drive our world and economy over the next 10-15 years.

Are Female STEM and Business Majors Subject to a 'Marriage Market' Penalty?

September 27, 2016

New research may explain why women shun STEM and business degrees. Human Capital Investments and Expectations About Career and Family, a recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, reveals that women college students believe majoring in STEM and business subjects them to a “marriage market” penalty, reducing their chances of getting married and having kids by a certain age.

No Classrooms in the Future According to Recent Research

September 27, 2016

A recent research has predicted that in the future, the idea of classroom learning will be non-existent anymore, what with the emergence of new technology. According to the report, the main reason for this is the expectation of students for a more highly engaging and interactive learning rather than stagnant designs led by instructors.

3 Reasons Why Studying STEM is Cool

September 27, 2016

STEM curriculum concentrates on four main areas of study: science, technology, engineering and math. Coursework is integrated and interdisciplinary. So rather than address each subject separately, courses bring these disciplines together for a cohesive learning experience. Science and math often get characterized as dull, dry subjects, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.


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