Opinion

Strengthening the link between technology and education

Silicon Valley is widely regarded as the birthplace and nursery of digital innovation. Technology continuously arising from the Valley is substantial, and these leaps forward have fundamentally changed the way our world functions and thinks. There is a compelling argument that this model should be expanded to include education policy, where there exists a strong need to foster innovation, not limit it.

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Building STEAM among female students

The dearth of women in technology professions or girls taking STEM classes has been well-documented. But I found reason for hope recently one afternoon with young girls studying STEAM, in full-day Saturday workshops where the girls engaged in hands-on learning about robotics and gaming technology using NASA STEM education guidelines developed for the U.S. Department of Education.

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Educational innovations need more funding

High-tech plus high-touch equals high cost, an equation that has some Mead SD educators looking for extraordinary solutions. The Washington district’s Riverpoint Academy combines computer-based instruction with hands-on manufacturing. Keeping up with the latest technology is challenging, however, as few of the necessary tools on Director Dan Butler's wish list come cheap.

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Coding clubs point to new direction in public schools

Thanks to a new program adopted by the Jackson-Madison County school system in Tennessee, 80 students have signed up for coding clubs that will help them get in on the ground floor of this high-tech trend. The program could give them a leg up for post-secondary education and, hopefully, help them land a good job after graduation.

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Why tablets are so much better than textbooks

Business Insider got a chance to tour the Amplify offices in Brooklyn and chat with CEO Joel Klein, as well as some of the company's software engineers and designers. What they uncovered were collaborative learning apps, data analysis, and games that give students access to everything from dramatic readings of famous books to an expansive network of math problems.

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iPad use out of sync with LA charter school's philosophy

Ocean Charter, a Westside school based on the Waldorf educational philosophy, which bans plastic toys, is part of the much-debated $1-billion effort to provide an iPad to every student and teacher in the Los Angeles USD.

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Digital learning can boost R.I. schools

If the United States is to prepare its students for success in the modern technology-driven world, more classrooms—in both Rhode Island and the whole nation—need to embrace higher learning outcomes for students made possible by integrating modern technology and quality teaching to create robust digital learning.

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Is online learning transforming education?

In his recent book, Transformation Education, Ron Packard says that brick-and-mortar schools will still exist, but individualized learning will be at the center, with engaging interactive content rather than a series of chalk-and-textbook, grade-delineated classrooms.

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Online classes fall short when It comes to physics

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is trying to do what Khan Academy, MIT OpenCourseWare, iTunes U, and even Phet Interactive Simulations cannot—let students interact with a real physical experiment.

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Buffalo can lead the way on STEM education

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s support for turning the Buffalo Niagara region into a hub for nanotechnology is expected to bring more job opportunities into the region. However, the issue of educating qualified individuals for these high-tech jobs remains mostly unanswered.

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