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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Flickr:FontFont Open education sites exemplify how technology is democratizing education. These sites allow both learners and teachers to create their own curriculum, whether it’s used in or out of the classroom. Here’s a comprehensive list of open education sites MindShift has covered. As always, we love to hear about sites that aren’t included in the […]
TB Last week, we saw two completely different ways to cover technology in schools in the New York Times. On Tuesday, Alan Schwarz wrote a fair and balanced article about an Indiana school district that’s transitioning to digital textbooks. In the story, we heard from a veteran teacher, who said it’s “the most exciting thing […]
Apple held a press event today at its Cupertino headquarters, unveiling a variety of improvements to its line of iPods and iPhones, including an update to its mobile operating system and a brand new version of its wildly popular iPhone. As always happens around these Apple announcements, there’s a flurry of excitement — before, during, […]
Flickr:Tsakshaug By Sara Nolan A few weeks ago, the Department of Education introduced its Digital Promise, an initiative to invest in “breakthrough technologies” aimed at transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. Though the message from the top about the importance of leveraging technology seems to be clear, it’s a different story on a […]
TB Overall, we’ve heard these broad messages about the future of education from policy leaders, businesspeople, and teachers. What was conveyed at yesterday’s New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow summit was perhaps less important than the fact that the nation’s most widely read and reputable newspaper (and one that published a highly skeptical article about […]
Bert Kimura Pearson, the world’s largest education company announced this week that it had acquired Connections Education, an online virtual school provider. About 40,000 students in 21 states attend the schools, which are funded by the states and districts and free to parents in places where virtual school counts as a public education. On Monday, […]
Fans of Google’s Android App Inventor can breathe a sigh of relief. Following on last week’s news that Google planned to shut App Inventor down, the company announced that it was open-sourcing the project and handing it over to MIT Media Lab. The Media Lab in turn, and with seed funding from Google, announced it […]
It’s great to be a student these days. The opportunities to learn math, science, technology and engineering have come such a long way from the days of sitting through interminable hours of watching teachers solve equations and explain complicated theories on the chalkboard. Witnessing how technology has redefined learning makes me wish I could start school […]
The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a report this week on women in STEM (PDF). A number of its findings: although women hold about half the jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs. But the gender wage gap between women and man is much smaller in STEM jobs, and […]