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50 Best Master's in Educational Technology Degrees for 2017

October 18, 2017

There’s no doubt that a master’s degree in educational technology can open up a whole range of career options that aren’t available to those with just a bachelor’s degree. But where you get that master’s degree can make a big difference. Varying academic standards, internship opportunities, faculty expertise, and tuition costs can all impact how valuable your degree in educational technology really is.

Determine Your Tech Needs for an Online Degree Program

October 17, 2017

Technology smarts matter, whether you're studying on campus or online. But as an online student, technology inherently plays an even greater role in your coursework. Knowing from the outset what technology is required can boost your chances of success. Here are four things to look into as you prepare for the semester.

Questions Linger Over Companies' $300 Million Computer Science Pledge

October 16, 2017

The memo instructs U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to direct competitive grant money to STEM focused programs, with the goal of $200 million a year for five years. A number of prominent companies in tech and other industries said they will make contributions over the next five years, though some offered few specifics on on the nature of those gifts.

Freelancing Comes to the STEM Fields

October 16, 2017

Scilancer, LLC has launched Scilancer.com, an online marketplace for freelancing in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The service connects educated and trained individuals with organizations seeking short-term help for research and development projects. Scilancer.com will help organizations find highly skilled individuals to perform certain tasks when in-house expertise is not available. This is a very common problem, as the STEM fields have become ever more specialized.

The next generation of science education means more doing

October 16, 2017

This type of project reflects the best intentions of the Next Generation Science Standards, which encourage teachers to enable students to learn science by doing. Drafted by representatives of K-12 education, higher education, industry and state governments between 2011 and 2013, the standards call for schools to help students build on science knowledge from one year to the next and make connections across disciplines that have historically been approached as completely separate.

Community College STEM Students Getting 'Nudged' Toward Success

October 15, 2017

Are text-based “nudges” the answer to helping students succeed in school? Up to a point, many experts say. While they are not a silver bullet that will transform student retention and completion, “behavioral nudges,” as they are also known, have been shown to be effective to that point that they are now a part of the education mainstream. Schools use text messages to remind students to sign up for classes, touch base with their academic advisors and a whole host of other necessary items on any college student’s agenda.

How tech undermines our education

October 15, 2017

With new and exciting job prospects and online academic resources, college students in particular are most aware of the many benefits that technology has brought them. But the convenience and access to knowledge made possible by our gadgets have come with an unexpected cost: our declining ability to focus on a single task for a prolonged period of time.

Ingredients for a great STEM Project

October 15, 2017

While constructing a concrete weir to hold back water and allow sediment to settle out, students made some miscalculations and mistakes. Undaunted, they identified the problem and rebuilt it. Students who antagonized one another in classrooms began to cooperate and work together. Somewhere along the way, students in “The Class” connected with math and science and engineered a working wetland. I like to look back at this project through a STEM lens. It’s easy to see what STEM principles made this wetland project successful...

Steve Wozniak wants to revolutionize tech education, starting in Arizona

October 13, 2017

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak announced Thursday the launch of a digital institute that aims to reprogram tech education and to inspire the next generation of innovators. And he wants to do it from Arizona. It will be called Woz U.

Dell Inc. Expects to Donate Over $14 Million Globally in STEM Education for Underserved Children This Year

October 12, 2017

As a part of ongoing efforts to invest in a more diverse technology workforce, Dell Inc. expects to contribute $14 million in grants and technology donations to support future generations of STEM workers, in current fiscal year which ends Feb. 3, 2018. Current donations made across Dell's 71 youth learning partners globally are expected to bring technology education to more than 1.5 million underserved youth.

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