Silicon Valley Tried to Reinvent Schools. Now It's Rebooting
Max Ventilla sold investors on a promise to build modern, technology-infused schools that would revolutionize education. The former Google executive convinced Mark Zuckerberg and prominent venture capitalists to commit $175 million to his startup, AltSchool. The company built at least nine grade schools in California and New York, some equipped with ceiling-mounted video cameras, an abundance of computers, custom apps, robots and 3D printers.
Is technology in schools making our kids smarter?
Bloomington Schools have mastered the one-to-one concept. That means one laptop for every student in the district. “Grades 3 through 12, every student is carrying a device," says Weisser. Digital content is much cheaper than text books, saving school districts thousands. It's immediate, adaptable and accessible outside of school walls. After three years of implementation, Weisser says he’s seen changes in the students with the technology.
6 ways video technologies are fundamentally shaping education
Video technologies’ continue to have a profound impact on K-12 and higher-ed classrooms as educators and students report increases in achievement, engagement and active content creation, according to a new survey from Kaltura. Ninety-nine percent of institutions report they have teachers regularly incorporating video technologies in their curriculum.
Hogan Aims to Draw More K-12 Girls, Minorities to Tech Jobs
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday announced an initiative promoting computer science and technology education, emphasizing gender and minority equity in the STEM field. Hogan's "ACCESS" initiative -- or Achieving Computer science Collaborations for Employing Students Statewide -- is an education and workforce development plan that includes $5 million in additional funding as well as new legislation to establish computer-science standards for K-12 education statewide.
Recruiting efforts pay off in form of young, bright engineers
Brain power is key to testing the most advanced aircraft and aircraft systems in the world. Where better to find that brain power than within the halls of the finest universities in the world. Each year, the 412th Test Engineering Group sends recruitment teams as far away as Georgia in search of young talent to pave the way for the future of flight test at Edwards AFB. This effort by the group seems to be paying off with 63 new engineers hired in the past two years.
5 impactful edtech trends in 2017
Education technology is evolving, and this is a magnificent thing. It manages to provide us with that power and experience that everyone wanted to have as a young child. But integrating various new education technology trends to the table does seem to be quite challenging, especially with so many unique ideas offered on the market.
4 Organizations that Support Technology Integration
Education technology like apps and mobile devices have been proven to be really effective in improving student outcomes and enhancing engagement in the classroom. To make the most of classroom tech, educators need training and professional development. These four organizations can help.
Want your child to learn STEM skills? Check out these robot kits for kids
You say you’re a parent or teacher investigating robot kits for children? And you don’t want a simple solution with a single purpose: you want the child to experience science, technology, engineering, and math? We get it. You want a kit that teaches all four categories, from piecing together the foundation to wiring the appendages to programming the “brain” using software. That’s where our list of robot kits for kids comes in.
To see more women in science, deal with test-taking anxiety in girls
In a recent standardized science test given to 15-year-olds in 72 countries, there was almost no gap in the scores between boys and girls. The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test administered by the OECD every three years to more than half a million students, found that boys scored 4 points, or less than 1%, better than girls in science.
White House, Tech Companies Pledge $500 Million to Increase STEM Opportunities
As K-12 schools attempt to close the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills gap, federal support for such programs is key. Under President Obama, there was Computer Science for All, an initiative designed to give schools support and funding to provide opportunities for underrepresented students. While President Trump’s 2018 budget proposed some cuts to educational services that help these students, a recent memo indicates the president may be embracing STEM in schools like his predecessor.