Opinion

Are classroom gadgets really helping kids learn?

For the last six years, the buzz about educational technology has grown deafening. Schools are scrambling to figure out just how a new generation of technology—software and devices both in the marketplace and still to be developed—might better educate kids. We need to make sure hype doesn’t overtake good judgment.

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Mentors help create a sustainable pipeline for women in STEM

Women make up about half of the workforce in America, but they only represent 24 percent of the workforce in STEM fields. The Million Women Mentor program is working to create a sustainable pipeline of women by mobilizing and engaging one million men and women to serve as STEM mentors by 2018.

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Tech executive calls for U.S. investment in STEM education

Only 16 percent of U.S. high school seniors are considered proficient in mathematics and are also interested in a STEM career. American businesses can no longer accept the status quo. We have an obligation to foster a passion for STEM education right here in our country.

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Tech + lax boundaries can = teacher misconduct

There’s something about technology, social media and the relaxed boundaries they seem to encourage that are contributing to what some observers perceive as a growing problem of inappropriate teacher-student contact

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Common Core will put school technology to the test

A year from now, Washington students will take the latest round of standardized tests on a computer. A lot of students will log into several devices all at the same time, within a short window, taking up significant chunks of their district’s bandwidth. As the state transitions to the new technology-based tests, districts are preparing their technological infrastructures—namely computers and Internet capacity.

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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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