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Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012

With the intersection between education and technology getting busier with each passing month, what are the top trends that we're likely to see in 2012?  KQED suggests a dozen to keep an eye on, from BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), to game-based learning.
Via mindshift.kqed.org

Scholarships for African Americans Studying STEM

Typically underrepresented in STEM careers, African Americans looking for scholarships to study math, engineering, and the sciences have several options. US News & World Report rounded up a useful list of organizations that make funds available specifically for African Americans studying STEM. Among them: Oracle, Microsoft, and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Top 10 Women in Technology, 2011

Opposing Views' 2011 list of top 10 women in technology features Nancy Ectoff, among others. Ectoff, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard University, wrote "Survival of the Prettiest," which details the advantages that conforming to cultural notions of beauty convey. Also in the top 10: Sony Entertainment CEO Amy Pascal, "Science Babe" Dr.

How Can We Get the American Dream Back for Our Kids?

National Math and Science Initiative president and CEO Dr. Mary Ann Rankin writes in today's Huffington Post that the U.S. public school system no longer provides a path to the American dream for our students. Their preparation in math and the sciences, in particular, is insufficient to meet the anticipated demands of the future workforce.

The Surprising Math Aptitude of Pigeons

So much for throwing the term "bird brain" around as an insult. Pigeons are proving that they're no slouch in the intelligence department, especially when it comes to numerical competence.

Comic Books and Video Games as Bridges to STEM Learning


In 1953, GE used comic books as a hook to get kids interested and involved in learning STEM.  Anyone remember "Adventures inside the Atom?"  The modern-day equivalent: Video games, of course.  What do you think about the strategy of meeting kids "where they live" as a hook for STEM learning?

Who's the Scientist?


What preconceived notions do middle school students have about scientists?  The image of the myopic, middle-aged, lab-coat-wearing geek flew out the window for a group of 7th graders, who drew their impressions of scientists before and after a field trip to Fermilab to meet real, working scientists on the job.
Via ed.fnal.gov

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