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4 examples of engaging vision-impaired students in STEM

September 24, 2018

STEM learning is a cornerstone of education in today’s K-12 schools, but STEM classrooms often aren’t all that inspiring to students who are blind or have low vision. So much of science is based on sight and observations, and when students who have vision challenges are forced to stand off to the side and listen to classmates’ observations about experiments or data, they lose some of the excitement that goes along with scientific discovery.

College students have unequal access to reliable technology, study finds

September 24, 2018

Smartphones and laptops seem ubiquitous at U.S. universities, but there is still a "digital divide," with some students less likely than others to have consistent access to reliable technology, according to a study co-authored by an Indiana University sociologist.

FBI Issues Warning on Educational Technology

September 20, 2018

Some schools might have a problem on their hands when it comes to the use of educational technology and the need to protect student privacy, according to an alert issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The alert warns schools that the widespread collection of student data could have privacy and safety implications if the information is compromised or exploited.

K-12: The War on STEM

September 20, 2018

More than most people realize, K-12 is often a realm of duplicity. The main strategy is to pretend to care about a subject or skill, but in fact to undermine it. The educrats dissemble even as grades plummet, until the public is thoroughly confused about which reforms might actually work. Despite endless chatter and assurances, there seems to be no genuine attempt to improve K-12. Quite the opposite.

New Report Defines Opportunities For Engineering In K-12 Education

September 20, 2018

With the advent of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEM education has seen a renewed focus by both schools and companies. Yet, according to a new report released by Catapult X, a leading STEM marketing company and founder of STEMREPORTS.COM, not enough has been done to make engineering education accessible for educators and students.

Top 5 Online Continuing Education Platforms for Tech Pros

September 19, 2018

Continuing education for developers is important. Just when you think you’ve got a language or skill mastered, it changes on you. But instead of going back to school or joining a bootcamp, try learning online, which can prove more efficient (and often more cost-effective).

Looking for a New Job? Try Edtech

September 19, 2018

From K-12 to higher education, the demand for educational technologies and people with the expertise needed to develop and implement edtech systems continues to grow. In January 2018, TechCrunch reported that in the first 10 months of 2017, investors put a staggering $8.15 billion into edtech companies around the world.

Where in the world are the women software developers?

September 19, 2018

According to that research, HackerRank estimated that 17 percent of its users are women overall. But by narrowing the data set just to 2016, they found that 24 percent of users that year were women. They also found that India, the United Arab Emirates, Romania, China, Sri Lanka, and Italy are the six countries with the highest percentage of women developers.

What NSF's new diversity grants say about attempts to help minority students

September 19, 2018

The five Alliances, as NSF calls them, will allow STEM educators to scale up existing diversity efforts by partnering with like-minded businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, and local and state governments. The goal is to tear down disciplinary, geographic, and cultural barriers that hinder efforts to promote broader participation in STEM.

NSF awards nearly $6M to advance STEM graduate education training

September 19, 2018

"These investments by NSF will help us identify advances in graduate education that address current and future STEM workforce needs," said Jim Lewis, NSF acting assistant director for Education and Human Resources. "We have an opportunity to test innovative strategies in STEM graduate education to underscore the importance of interdisciplinary and broader professional training.

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