Indiana Approves Bill To Require Schools Offer Computer Science
House lawmakers unanimously passed legislation Monday to require all Indiana public schools to offer a computer science course. Nearly half of all Indiana public schools currently offer computer science classes.
How Do Teachers Integrate STEM into K-12 Classrooms?
A research team led by Michigan Technological University set out to find what makes STEM integration tick. Their research--published in the International Journal of STEM Education (DOI: 10.1186/s40594-018-0101-z)--followed several case studies to observe the impacts of low, medium and high degrees of integration within a classroom. They found that across the board the greatest challenge that teachers face is making explicit connections between STEM fields while balancing the need for context and student engagement.
Building a career ready workforce
Our educational institutions struggle to change at the same pace as technology, creating a gap between the skill sets required for today’s economy and the skills sets acquired in our learning institutions. An excellent point made by Daggett is that it is not that schools are failing it is that they are not keeping up with change.
STEM jobs for the masses
To make it in today’s economy, workers must have skills that employers value. With technology seemingly ubiquitous in virtually every field today, advanced degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) would appear to be the hottest demand. Over the last decade however, much of that emphasis has funneled down to STEM jobs that require less than a bachelor’s degree, and trade schools and community colleges have gained prominence in providing the training and education for tomorrow’s workforce.
Barbie's latest move? Teaching kids to code
Barbie no longer needs male technical support. The most iconic of American dolls came under fire in 2014 for a book titled “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” that was mocked as being “almost laughably sexist.” But under new management and in a more woke era, franchise owner Mattel now is working with education tech startup Tynker on a Barbie-themed curriculum to teach kids programming.
The CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative Announces Results of its First-of-its-Kind National Study Called, 'What Parents Talk About When They Talk about Learning'
What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science describes results from a national telephone survey of 1,442 parents with at least one three-to-six-year-old child living at home. The survey asked parents about their attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to early learning, science learning, and digital media use.
How Lego Education tries to encourage kids into STEM through play-based learning
To us, it may just be a toy we have long left in our childhood, but the makers at Lego Education are creating ways these tiny bricks can support and encourage schools and teachers to make Stem more interesting in a learning environment. The idea is the kids are learning more about technology, science and engineering without really knowing they’re doing it.
To Boost Science Learning, Start Early
Young children are born scientists. Every time they make mud, build a block tower, or examine a leaf, they are investigating how the world works and building critical-thinking skills. Parents and caregivers can play an important role in helping to encourage children’s scientific investigations. But little is known about parents’ comfort level in talking about and doing science with their children.
New Education Program Aimed at Empowering Women in STEM
The innovative training program relies on case study teaching methods to increase the skills of STEM women to navigate effectively past instances of bias, inequity or discrimination in the workforce. “We’re great at teaching women science and engineering, but we’ve done a poor job equipping them with skills to overcome gender discrimination, bias and inequity,”...
Online Learning Wins Out Over Textbooks In Boosting Science Scores
Online lessons can enhance students’ understanding of science and help underachieving students close the gap with their peers, according to a new study. Students who took web-based units made significantly more progress than those who relied on textbooks, while the improvement was particularly marked for students with lower prior achievement.