Opinion

Ed-tech pioneer Khan on what's next in online learning

By now, Salman Khan’s transition from hedge fund analyst to education technology mogul is well known in Silicon Valley. A decade ago, Khan began tutoring his 12-year-old cousin over the phone and through primitive instant messaging tools. Ten years and $7 million later, his Khan Academy online educational video empire counts 10 million monthly users in 200 countries.

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Connection failed: Internet still a luxury for many Americans

Among households with incomes of $30,000 and less, only 54 percent have access to broadband at home, says Kathryn Zickuhr, a research associate with Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. Members of these households are most likely to use internet access outside home—at work, school or a public library.

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Tech’s diversity problem is apparent as early as high school

In three states, not a single girl took the advanced placement exam in computer science last year. In eight states, no Hispanic students took it. And in 11 states, no black students took the test. The data—compiled by Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing—illustrates just how deeply the tech industry’s lack of diversity reaches.

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NASA centers move science, economy forward

The U.S. space program in Virginia is as strong now as it’s ever been. The two NASA centers in Virginia—Langley Research Center in Hampton and Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore—continue to be at the forefront of the agency’s work in deep space travel and in partnering with commercial industry to provide key services in low-Earth orbit.

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Digital age demands digital classrooms

The technology levies on the Washington state ballots are proof that the Legislature has failed its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education. The 21st century is saturated with electronic technology—yet school districts must beg local voters every few years to help upgrade computers, software and internet infrastructure. Technology today is part of basic education, but the state treats it as a luxury.

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Parents ask what's the rush on Madison schools' $31 million tech plan

A west side community group is asking the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin to slow down a controversial $31 million, five-year 1-to-1 computing tech plan. But another parent-teacher group is urging the board to move ahead with the tech plan to close what one parent calls an embarrassing technology gap between Madison and other districts.

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Handing out iPads to students isn't enough

Computer science is driving innovation across all fields, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Board of Education wants to provide its students with access to the latest technology. Students who develop expertise in computer science will have automatic career advantages. But is the district taking the right steps?

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Balancing technology with old-school skills

Our society dictates that technology usage is a skill expected both in school and the career marketplace and there is a movement toward providing tablets to all students as a standard educational tool. However, when the power goes off or the computer locks up, does everything come to a standstill, or have students learned enough longhand approaches and reasoning ability to keep going?

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How 20 million minds use tech to disrupt education

Once a mother who dropped her son off at his public elementary school, I've now become the art teacher and started a book club to compensate for cuts in vital programs due to lack of funding. Meanwhile, the rote memorization and repetition of our agrarian education system can no longer compete with the infinite, interactive iPad. The opportunities for innovation and disruption in the education vertical are seemingly endless.

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Tech's gender and race gap starts in high school

When people talk about how to diversify the tech field, a common solution is, "Start earlier." Rather than focus on getting women and minorities hired at tech start-ups or encouraging them to major in computer science in college, there should be a push to turn them on to the discipline when they're still teenagers—or even younger.

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