The report shows an overall increase in the pay demands for a large portion of both noncertified and certified IT skills, especially as the skills gap widens. According to David Foote, chief analyst and co-founder of Foote Partners, there are businesses that haven't been affected by the skills gap, but it's because they prepared early.
Given the common set of digital use issues on both sides of the Atlantic, the U.S. has much to learn from what is now an extensive track record of success for Get Online Week. The design of Get Online Week is also well suited to adaptation by individual states and large metropolitan areas.
A new policy proposal notes that while education technology holds great promise to improve K-12 educational outcomes when correctly implemented, methods to rigorously evaluate education technology tools have not kept pace with the tools themselves. This cycle makes it difficult for educators to find and select the best ed-tech tools, and it creates barriers to instruction...
Part inflatable room and very small part bouncy castle, the International Space Station (ISS) is about to take delivery of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for short. The specially designed habitat will arrive at the ISS next week in compact form before being inflated.
As schools embrace makerspaces, educators are experimenting with technology that encourages communal problem solving and activates imaginative thinking.
A recent survey found that half of school districts believe they've completed their 1-to-1 initiatives and the infrastructure required; and almost 4 in 10 (38 percent) are planning to or will definitely "modernize" in the next 12 to 24 months. More districts also have digital content and curriculum strategies in place this year compared to last year — up from 49 percent to 62 percent.
A new search tool aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aims to help educators identify digital STEM and STEAM resources to use in their science and math instruction. The NGSS Explorer, from the nonprofit Common Sense Education, helps teachers locate the ed-tech resources that can help give students a cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based approach to science learning.
Many education technology creators have targeted teachers, rather than entire districts, to get a foothold in classrooms. An overwhelming majority of schools now provide computers in classrooms, and new money from the federal government is advancing the march of modern Internet access to even the poorest schools.
"There are acute needs to find effective teachers" of STEM subjects, notes Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and these include adding women and people of color, who are significantly underrepresented, to the ranks.