Opinion

Meeting West Virginia’s need for skilled workers

West Virginia's Council on STEM has issued its final report, with recommendations on how to fill the estimated 25,000 high-tech jobs opening up in the state by 2018. About 4,000 of those jobs can be filled by high school graduates, meaning the state must improve its K12 education system to give students solid foundations for STEM careers.

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Louisiana's Recovery School District needs to keep track of what it owns

The state Recovery School District has got to stop misplacing things. The sprawling nature of the district, which oversees 64 charter schools in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, is a challenge. But after years of critical state audits, officials should have been able to figure out how to tag and track equipment.

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LAUSD's iPad program plagued by problems early

A $1.3-billion iPads-for-all program in Los Angeles schools was plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms and, later, how they would be evaluated, according to a federal review.

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Teachers will embrace students’ smartphone addiction in 2015

Many schools began to adopt technology as an embedded, natural part of teaching and learning in 2014. This year is when institutions will consolidate their positions and settle on solutions for adoption. As this happens, technology will become an intrinsic part of the learning process rather than an afterthought.

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Should computer science classes be required?

Computer science is an extremely versatile tool. The ability to independently run a business or an organization is increasingly more important than having a formal education in terms of earning and then succeeding in a job. Having some kind of programming background — especially in creating websites — is almost imperative.

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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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