Opinion

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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Classroom 2.0: Can teachers take advantage of the ed-tech boom?

Developers are getting mountains of cash to create digital tools for the classroom and teachers are eager to incorporate technology into their lesson plans. But school districts only have so much money to spend and teachers only have so much time to discover and learn how to use new software, raising questions about whether an ed-tech bubble is forming.

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Supply and demand in the new education economy

While many states struggle with high unemployment and too few jobs, Colorado has a unique problem—plenty of available and high-quality jobs but too few qualified workers to fill them. Colorado's business leaders are working with education leaders on the Future Forward Colorado initiative to align K12 standards and expectations with the rigor and requirements needed for students to succeed in college and careers.

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Vocational high schools: Career path or kiss of death?

Education professionals are split on whether vocational training in high school helps or hurts students. While the rhetoric of the last few years has centered around encouraging students to go to college as a way to find gainful employment and a guaranteed route to the middle class, some are increasing their calls for multiple pathways to those outcomes.

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Killing net neutrality kills the dreams of young entrepreneurs

The Obama administration has invested in opportunity for our nation's young people, working at each stage of a child's development to ensure that kids have the ability to succeed and thrive. But, for at least those interested in STEM fields, new FCC rules could waste part of that investment and stifle innovation.

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Encourage private investment in education

To help alleviate the skills gap, private sector industries have begun making their own investments in education. In the U.S., too few students will find their way into STEM fields on their own. They need to be shown a path, and that entails getting them excited about science and technology at an early age.

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