Opinion

Adding coding to the curriculum

Exposing students to coding from an early age helps to demystify an area that can be intimidating. It also breaks down stereotypes of computer scientists as boring geeks. Plus programming is highly creative: Studying it can help to develop problem-solving abilities and equip students for a world transformed by technology.

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Punishing students for gadget use will make their tech etiquette worse

Silicon Valley—and beyond—needs students to stay in school, graduate and become playful, courageous innovators and responsible citizens. The 21st century demands tech tolerance, not equating technology with trouble.

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Why Washington lawmakers need to invest in STEM education

Although Washington ranks first in the nation for creating jobs that require STEM skills, we’re not doing a good job of preparing and inspiring the next generation to compete for them. Those good-paying jobs often require a strong high school education, a technical certificate or a wide range of postsecondary degrees. That forces our companies to recruit from elsewhere and leaves our kids on the outside looking in.

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Education progression relies on technology

Bridging the “new digital divide” shouldn’t be an insurmountable political issue. Instead, it should be about reframing and reforming our educational pedagogy, positioning technological literacy as a way to combat growing inequality and provide an American economy with a workforce equipped to compete.

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Oklahoma's OSUTeach critical for state’s economy

Oklahoma State University is the only university in the state and one of just 40 in the nation to be selected by the National Math and Science Initiative and UTeach Institute to prepare STEM teachers for elementary and secondary education. The initiative will be supported by 2 million in grants and there are plans to raise an additional $1 million.

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How technology can help save rural schools

North Dakota can invest some of the state’s recent good fortune in showing that small school districts with technology can provide quality education comparable to the education offered in large, wealthy school districts. The state could serve as an exemplar for rural areas throughout the nation.

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Hey, America, here's how you spell success: S-T-E-M

Increasing STEM interest, abilities and achievement in our students and throughout our education system is not just a parochial interest, it is in our national interest. STEM professions are some of the few very bright spots on the horizon of our economy.

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Teaching with tech isn't if, but how

It is not whether technology should aid teaching and learning, it is how and under what circumstances it should be integrated as part of a larger instructional plan.

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Using digital technologies to encourage learning by failing

You can't just place students in front of digital content and expect them to succeed. This poor practice is what I call "Disjoined Blended Learning." One of the first things we must realize in any implementation of blended learning is the fundamental, essential role of the teacher.

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Business invests in New York City's tech education

New York City educators and business leaders agree that the development of a skilled workforce teeming with bright, tech-savvy young people is essential if our city is to continue to prosper and be great. Several large employers are investing in a new approach to public education to prepare students for careers.

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