Opinion

Inspire students for future in manufacturing technology

Educators and industry leaders must collaborate to introduce young people to modern manufacturing and the STEM subjects that will prepare them to succeed. Real-world experiences with business and industry are an important part of making this connection.

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Fostering an early love of STEM through the power of storytelling

Toys make it possible to make early impressions on children, even when they don't have mentors. Storytelling toys are even better at this, because they create emotion and ignite imagination. Yet many of the toys and apps that our kids are playing with do nothing to encourage an early love of science.

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Pathway through New York's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis. Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking. Creating a CTE diploma will help raise graduation rates and fill manufacturing and high-tech job vacancies.

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10 things to know about the state of tech in education

Technology in education is facing several key challenges. One point of consensus seems to be that there are going to be a lot of technology-based jobs in the future, and not enough people to fill them. And the education system needs to do a better job of stepping up to help groom more future technology workers.

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Amidst ed tech horror stories, some blended-learning schools shine

Stories of mismanaged 1-to-1 computing initiatives in schools are filling the news — and unsurprisingly so in many cases. But there are plenty of good “edtech” stories worth highlighting. In almost every case, the schools that are getting it right are focused on the problem they are trying to solve and designing an instructional model first.

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When students get creative with tech tools, teachers focus on skills

Tech projects are a great opportunity to encourage students to learn how to work with others. At the end of the day, incorporating a digital curriculum is not about teaching students to use a particular device or piece of software. It’s about developing the skills necessary for them to be successful.

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Relying on data won't determine a college's worth

For many years, rankings have been a go-to source for families immersed in the college-selection process. Underneath it all, rankings have hotly debated methodologies, are harmfully laser-focused on limited, time-lagged quantitative criteria, and fail to provide a true picture of a college or university experience. Rankings form only a small percentage of data sources in a complex conversation.

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A surprising benefit of the Common Core: really cool video games

The implementation of Common Core has generated an unprecedented explosion in new education technologies. While new guidelines typically result in a windfall for the education industry — as textbooks are updated, test items redesigned, and new workbooks printed — it’s rare that these reorderings make much difference in the lives of students. The Common Core, however, has triggered a flurry of innovations.

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With tech taking over in schools, worries rise

Technology companies are collecting a vast amount of data about students, touching every corner of their educational lives — with few controls on how those details are used. Privacy advocates say many of the details now collected by education sites and apps are not covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act because they do not form part of the institutional student education records maintained by schools.

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Focus on inventions, not test scores

If the choice is between (a) having innovation clusters like Silicon Valley and middle-of-the-pack test scores or (b) having top-of-the-pack test scores and a second-rate innovation economy, the choice is clear. Let's focus on all the intangibles of innovation companies started, apps created, and most importantly, dreams fulfilled for judging the future success of our nation's STEM programs for kids.

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