Opinion

What the FCC’s E-Rate proposal means for the future of education

The schools that currently lack broadband access are usually ones operating with critically strained budgets. They are generally schools located in underserved, low-income communities. Without an E-Rate intervention, we run the risk of delivering the best education technology to only the very wealthiest students, and of denying it to those who likely need it the most.

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How to hook up tech sector with diverse talent

Plenty of low-opportunity young people are waiting to live out their own success story. We just need to give them the opportunity. Imagine urban youth who are not just downloading apps, but uploading them. And when they succeed, they will change a lot more than the workplace diversity numbers in Silicon Valley.

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The struggles and realities of student-driven learning and BYOD

If the promise of mobile technology in classrooms has been to equalize opportunities for all students through access to the internet, that potential has yet to be realized.

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How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink

Young women's perception of technology is generally viewed as a major obstacle in getting them interested in the first place. Trying to make tech seem cool and relevant to women, some attach names such as "tech divas" to young female technologists. But "pinkification" can have the opposite result.

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Fighting the classroom tech war in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Unified School District decision to enable its schools to choose between Apple, Microsoft and Google-based devices for all of their students is a billion-dollar proposition. U.S. schools are a $13 billion global battlefield for makers of educational technology. Competition is coming on fast as schools are likely to want computers in everyone’s hands.

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Google smartly reaches out to girls

Exposing young girls to computer science may or may not set them up for careers in high tech. But Google’s financial commitment to Made with Code is a reassuring step toward developing a solid pipeline of women in high-tech careers.

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Investments decline as education technology grows up

School may be out for summer, but the nation’s education-focused technology startups are still hitting the books, drumming up new business and new investments to capitalize on overwhelming demand for innovation from primary and secondary schools and colleges.

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Massachusetts can lead in computer science education

Massachusetts could become one of the first states to make a financial commitment to developing state computer science standards and curriculums. We are at a rare juncture where business and government can come together to prepare our state and our workers for the future. We must seize this opportunity.

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Illuminating the ed tech market for small- to medium-sized school systems

Education technology companies often overlook the priorities and circumstances of small- to medium-sized public school systems. A recent Clayton Christensen Institute report showed that, regardless of what vendors think or want, schools are cobbling solutions together from a variety of software providers.

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Career, tech education crucial in Michigan

The legislature recently acted to pass legislation that fixes some of the unintended consequences of the Michigan Merit Curriculum, which was designed to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the future. In practice, the curriculum proved to do just the opposite for a large segment of our students, leading to a skills gap that has slowed our state’s economic growth.

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