Opinion

Distance learning is revolutionizing education

How can we continue to meet the growing demand for distance learning? We need continued and robust investment in content and platforms, but also in networks that are fast enough to deliver the content and reliable enough to connect more people to those learning experiences.

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School innovation maps path to employment

Each P-TECH program is a partnership among a local school district, the Connecticut community college system and a growth industry corporate sponsor. With the expansion of the IBM P-TECH model, these programs can be designed to work in any community. It's an innovation that more Connecticut districts should institute for their students.

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Is big data already tracking your kindergartner?

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees that America’s schools are in need of serious reform. And it’s an obvious leap to think technology is the fast lane to improvement. Education technology's benefits are impossible to ignore. But more technology really can do more harm than good.

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Integrative STEM helps students

Integrative STEM education refers to engineering design-based learning approaches that intentionally integrate science and mathematics education with technology and engineering education. Integrative STEM education involves problem-based and project-based learning that allows learners to explore real-world problems, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small, collaborative groups.

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California is failing to produce enough computer scientists

California, home to Silicon Valley, is not adequately preparing its own students for the projected increase in jobs that will require computer science degrees. We need to update teacher pre-service technology requirements, develop a supplementary authorization in computer science and provide more professional development.

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Hiring IT professionals as a short-term solution for schools

IT professionals can help schools by fulfilling short-term contracts or working on specific projects. The schools not only benefit from their expertise, but they have the freedom to end the contract at any time. Outsourcing may not be the best long-term solution, but it will allow time for schools to find the right person for permanent placement.

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Schools coming up short on computer science

Chicago Public Schools — America’s third-largest school district typically finds itself in the national media for stories about violence, school closures and other unflattering subjects. It has received less attention for an ambitious and innovative experiment launched this year: New computer science classes rolled out across Chicago this fall, and within a few years the city plans to make its school district the first major one in the country to designate computer science as a requirement for graduation.

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Snow day plan may leave some students in cold

Nearly 30 Indiana public school systems have gotten the go-ahead to offer online lessons during snow days. However, online learning will be a struggle for those with no internet access or technology at home. We need to find a way to roll out online education programs to more schools, but in an informed and inclusive way.

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To bolster Nevada's high-tech education, reform schools

Nevada’s school districts need faster alternative high-tech certification programs, more hiring flexibility and a merit pay system that not only rewards high-performing teachers, but provides significantly higher base salaries to positions that are critical to workforce training.

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School districts are really bad at buying technology

School districts that spend billions of dollars every year on the latest educational technology are using antiquated buying processes that shut out teachers and leave tech companies frustrated, according to a new report by the national nonprofit Digital Promise and the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

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