Opinion

Encourage women's involvement in tech at an early age

It is an entrepreneur's duty to help foster an interest in technology in women and other underrepresented groups at an early age by actively engaging with local community groups, schools, educational institutions and established organizations, such as Girls Who Code or Black Girls Code.

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How Google, Apple and other tech firms envision education

The companies who offer the most capable, cost-efficient education-tailored hardware and software are likely to see the classrooms and students of the future adopting their devices. Some of the most visible companies offering educational tools and hardware are Google, which recently released its newest tool, Classroom, Apple with more than 75,000 education apps and Facebook, which is piloting a program to provide free WiFi access to students’ homes.

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Driving blended learning at the state level

As blended learning continues to grow, one of the challenges education leaders are facing is the fact that knowledge of the concept spreads faster than expertise on how to foster and support it.

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Looking beyond building a digital, no-books library

The physical books on shelves occupy a shrinking portion of library budgets. The digital-only library is far from a utopian information commons, where the voices weighing in on every conceivable topic may be heard. Rather, that utopian commons is the traditional, albeit well-resourced, library with several generations worth of collection expertise and strong bargaining power against the electronic vendors.

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School 'reforms' pile on the tech costs

Today, the money to buy computers, cables and servers — and obey Florida's law — must come from somewhere. It's one reason Brevard Public Schools has asked voters to raise the sales tax to cover the $25.36 million cost of technology projects that would be paid for by the tax over six years.

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Skills, not quotas, will boost high-tech diversity

The solution to the hiring gap is not to shame private companies into adopting racial quotas and preferences in their hiring practices. The solution is for black and Hispanic leaders to work in their own communities to encourage parents to do whatever they can to keep their kids in school and for leaders, teachers and parents to encourage kids to gain the skills necessary for high-tech careers.

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Computer science in K12 classrooms needs to catch up

It's estimated that in the next decade the number of computer science jobs in the U.S. will outnumber qualified people by 1 million. That's 1 million jobs for the taking that Americans will miss out on because of inadequate skill sets. Despite this, only 10 percent of K12 schools have computer science programs.

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Can we strike 1-to-1 from the edu-dictionary?

A 1-to-1 laptop or iPad roll out is not a new instructional model. Whether a student can or cannot carry a machine around all day tells us little to nothing about a school’s actual pedagogy, about the quality of interactions between students and teachers, or about the rigor of the software programs delivered through those devices.

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STEM alone is not enough

While it is important that society educate women and men in the areas of science and technology, it is also important that we educate people to ask the questions about when to use such knowledge.

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Restore vocational education

There was a time when vocational and technical education was still a strong part of high school curricula, serving as an effective vehicle for timely, rewarding employment after high school or community college. We need to open our eyes to the tremendous value of vocational and technical education.

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