It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
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Just a couple of short years ago, the presence of tablets in schools was an exceptional phenomenon. This year, as students across the country go back to school, the presence of tablets is far more common in classrooms. Here are the top-rated devices for education and a look what’s distinct about each one.
In the best learning environments, sharing work doesn’t just mean posting on the Internet, it means building connections with a wider community, so that sharing becomes part of a set of relationships and patterns of exchange. Here are some ideas on how to get started.
The famous rivalry between Google and Apple is finding its way into schools, and Google is looking to dethrone the famous iPad with its new Google Play for Education, a suite of apps and management tools that will be available to teachers and students this fall.
Second-grade teacher Erin Klein wanted a classroom where students could move around freely, sit comfortably, and work together. So she got rid of her desks.
No one knows which product or model will ultimately strike it big. In the meantime, investors keep pumping money into products that seem promising because “everybody is waiting for the Facebook of education to come along,” says one industry analyst.
Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. Here are some ideas on how to develop smart habits for class.
One of the biggest tech trends to follow is the evolution of 3D printing — not just in the consumer market, but also in education. But to use 3D printers, students will need to learn how to design using digital programs. Here are a few great options for students and teachers to learn how to design for 3D printers.