Opinion

All-girls schools cited as key to women winning in tech

Attending an all-girls high-school or college can keep women on the technology track, a panel of women investors and executives said at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit this week. Being in a same-sex academic environment erased some of the stereotypes and stigmas that prevent girls from pursuing a passion for technology, according to the Women & Tech Next Wave session panelists.

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How to get girls into coding

The problem is not only getting girls to computer class, but keeping them there. While parents often worry about recreational “screen time,” some educators now believe that gaming could be a way to get girls interested in coding, and even to increase the numbers of girls in STEM

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Can GPS tracking help protect autistic children?

While the effort to expand families’ access to tracking devices is a worthy one, it shouldn’t overshadow the lower-tech strategies for preventing and responding to wandering by children with autism: collaboration, education and sharing information. Though safety can be enhanced by technology, it shouldn’t depend on technology.

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America is in short supply of cyber-experts

It’s time to recognize the increasing need for cybersecurity experts. We must encourage this career path in students from an early age. Efforts that encourage science, technology, engineering and math education for elementary, middle and high school students are essential.

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Cyberbullying — more than "mean girls"

Cyberbullying sparked media attention in dramatic, high-profile cases in which victims of online harassment committed suicide. These stories raise awareness of dramatic cases. But they overlook the dangers of minor, daily, mundane incidents — teasing, name calling, taunts that have a corrosive impact on victims’ quality of life.

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Tech solutions connect schools with first responders

One key component in updating school security and increasing emergency response time is utilizing technology to connect physical security measures to safety personnel and first responders on one broad network across an entire district.

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Shift to technology in the classroom

Educators believe technology deepens the educational value of lessons given to students. Many veteran teachers, who are willing to try new tools but face a bit of a learning curve, should not be afraid to jump in and try something new.

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Strategically investing in education

The education our schools deliver has not kept pace with the advancing role of technology in our economy. There is agreement that growth in STEM jobs over the next four to six years will far outpace the growth in non-STEM jobs. Yet, of the students produced by our K12 schools who are prepared for college-level math and science, less than a quarter decide to pursue a STEM major in college.

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Digital education could make Americans more competitive

With technology available to every student and every teacher, the idea is that school will be better tailored to students' needs and also better able to prepare them for the future. The promise of technology is paired with a threat, however. Without access to computers, the Internet and these new types of learning, advocates argue that U.S. students will be left behind.

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More reasons for doubting the great American science shortage

For years, we have been hearing about the great American STEM shortage. The federal government and state and local school districts have been pouring millions into upping the number of STEM graduates. Yet the evidence for a broad-based shortage of graduates in these fields doesn’t appear to exist.

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