Opinion

Almost 40 percent of minority teens want tech careers, research finds

A strong appetite for tech pursuits exists among minority students, but confidence in the skills required for these careers and access to the opportunities that would make them attainable is still lacking, according to a new Creating IT Futures Foundation survey.

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Prioritize computer literacy

Without a doubt, learning a new language provides a host of side benefits, such as the opportunity to learn about new cultures and gain insight on different linguistic perspectives. Regardless, learning software languages in the century defined by the computer simply provides a more practical asset to students.

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Indiana needs to invest in STEM education

Exposing youngsters to STEM areas in the early grades, keeping that interest alive through exceptional teaching, and ensuring that students take rigorous high school courses, are important strategies for increasing the number of students who will be drawn to STEM professions.

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LAUSD should try again on supplying computers

LAUSD must buy more technology; its students would be left woefully behind the college-and-employment curve without it. The current lack of funding for a massive iPad purchase creates a much-needed time-out, though, so that the district can do it right next time.

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Tracking the painful fall of the Idaho Education Network

The Idaho Education Network once presented the promise of high-speed broadband and Internet access to advanced classes for rural school districts. Its collapse is a complicated story with no real heroes, and one in which the winners are hard to determine. The list of losers, including Idaho's taxpayers and students, is growing daily.

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Kentucky computer bill avoids language classes

A Kentucky lawmaker got it right this time. A new bill to improve public school computer science offerings does not include a provision allowing students to count computer programming classes toward a foreign language requirement as it did last year.

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It’s time for more racial diversity in STEM toys

Despite changing U.S. demographics, the default race for toys, games and children’s media remains Caucasian/white. While toys alone cannot alter children’s conceptions of race, we could do a much better job of showing children of color that they can excel in STEM paths by providing more and better depictions of underrepresented ethnicities in toys and media.

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How digital tools can help all students

Teachers armed with the right repertoire of digital tools, professional competencies and administrative supports will be better able to attend successfully to the needs of racially and economically marginalized students and to ensure that all can succeed in what appears likely to be a highly digital future.

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More evidence favoring art-based learning of STEM

If indeed, after a decade of studying the human brain, we know the arts enhance math and science comprehension, we must begin changing the curriculum to be using the arts and art integration, namely teaching through the arts.

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Techniques for unleashing student work from learning management systems

Helping students become networked learners begins by thinking carefully about where we conduct our online learning. With most online learning, student contributions are usually limited to discussion forums and assignment submissions. A goal is for students to learn to build their own networks of learning resources.

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