Opinion

5 trends to watch in 2014

Something that has become abundantly clear in recent years is that whether your future seems bright or dim depends on where you live. Young people in Europe, for example, are facing an extremely tough time and face the prospect of being less prosperous than their parents' generation. But for their counterparts in India or China, expectations are entirely different, with many of them looking forward to a higher income than their parents.

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Too few girls and minorities study tech subjects

A big reason America is falling behind other countries in science and math is that we have effectively written off a huge chunk of our population as uninterested in those fields or incapable of succeeding in them. Women make up nearly half the work force but have just 26 percent of science, technology, engineering or math jobs.

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Technology training is the key to innovation

As cyber-native kids mature, they will require far less instruction on how to use technology and more education that prepares them to be the creators of it.

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Don’t let fears stop tech reform in LA schools

The $1 billion push to provide every student and teacher at Los Angeles USD with an iPad is attracting a lot attention. Schools have been overwhelmed in recent years by oversold, ill-designed and frustrating new gizmos. Questions about whether dollars allocated to new technology are being spent wisely deserve serious consideration.

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Broadband helps education, but it isn't a panacea

Technology billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg think education turns on faster internet. But is web connectivity really the key ingredient to a good education? The majority seem to agree with that statement.

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Strengthening the link between technology and education

Silicon Valley is widely regarded as the birthplace and nursery of digital innovation. Technology continuously arising from the Valley is substantial, and these leaps forward have fundamentally changed the way our world functions and thinks. There is a compelling argument that this model should be expanded to include education policy, where there exists a strong need to foster innovation, not limit it.

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Building STEAM among female students

The dearth of women in technology professions or girls taking STEM classes has been well-documented. But I found reason for hope recently one afternoon with young girls studying STEAM, in full-day Saturday workshops where the girls engaged in hands-on learning about robotics and gaming technology using NASA STEM education guidelines developed for the U.S. Department of Education.

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Educational innovations need more funding

High-tech plus high-touch equals high cost, an equation that has some Mead SD educators looking for extraordinary solutions. The Washington district’s Riverpoint Academy combines computer-based instruction with hands-on manufacturing. Keeping up with the latest technology is challenging, however, as few of the necessary tools on Director Dan Butler's wish list come cheap.

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Coding clubs point to new direction in public schools

Thanks to a new program adopted by the Jackson-Madison County school system in Tennessee, 80 students have signed up for coding clubs that will help them get in on the ground floor of this high-tech trend. The program could give them a leg up for post-secondary education and, hopefully, help them land a good job after graduation.

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Why tablets are so much better than textbooks

Business Insider got a chance to tour the Amplify offices in Brooklyn and chat with CEO Joel Klein, as well as some of the company's software engineers and designers. What they uncovered were collaborative learning apps, data analysis, and games that give students access to everything from dramatic readings of famous books to an expansive network of math problems.

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