When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

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trillion, according to the Federal Reserve, compared with less than $250 billion in 2003. Higher Ed K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion online learning STEM teachersThe labor market value of a college degree has softened, stirring concern that a bachelor’s is no longer a gateway to the middle class. Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report.

How to Introduce Engineering Principles Early to Help Inspire Interest in STEM

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This story about STEM education was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Some, like the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program , have been inordinately successful at guiding underrepresented students, including many young women, from middle school algebra through to a college degree in a STEM subject.

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How to build an engineer: Start young

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Some, like the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program , have been inordinately successful at guiding underrepresented students, including many young women, from middle school algebra through to a college degree in a STEM subject. Related: Alaska Native students pursue STEM with great success. Since 2003, more than 15 million 6- to 11- year-olds at thousands of schools across the country have been taught how to think like engineers using the curriculum. K-12 News STEM

Like their students, colleges are vastly increasing the amount they borrow

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The annual cost of servicing this accumulated debt more than doubled, from $21 billion in 2003 to $48 billion in 2012, the most recent period for which it has been calculated by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Related: Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Investigations

Are science fairs unfair?

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Furthermore, if the fair becomes a contest between kids with financial resources and plenty of parental help, and students without access to fancy supplies or a grown-up’s guidance, it’s worth asking whether science fairs are fair. Experiments by Carol Dweck in 2003, then a professor of psychology at Columbia University, suggest that students who are driven to learn for its own sake or for personal growth tend to stick to their studies longer than their highly competitive peers.

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How can teachers use VR in the classroom?

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Although educational VR content is not yet at an advanced stage, limited mainly to younger learners, and mainly exploratory (think digital field trips to Versailles) in nature, there are encouraging signs that STEM subjects, particularly chemistry and biology, will attract developer attention. The hope is that STEM subjects will become fun and relevant through learning experiences that are memorable and easily retained.

?This College Program Wants to Overhaul the Education Culture in Alaska

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Nearly 40 percent of students starting at 4-year public institutions took at least one developmental (or college-level readiness) course while enrolled from 2003 to 2009. Starting at the middle-school level, ANSEP offers 2-week programs throughout the year where students and their teachers visit the university for hands-on STEM education, like a popular build-your-own-computer program.

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PBS to Present “Spotlight Education,” A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America’s Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17

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The “Teach Boldly” teacher support initiative will include a series of virtual and community training events and the launch of the new PBS Teachers’ Lounge, a creative digital space where teachers can share ideas, learn from peers, find daily inspiration and access the tools and resources they need to enhance their work in the classroom. This is an important documentary series for everyone. Please share this information.

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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Although we were convinced that technology could transform education, simple internet access was patchy at best. As recently as 1997, only 27 percent of America’s K-12 school had internet access—a number that skyrocketed to 92 percent by 2003. And K-12 isn’t just one market if you’re a content company; you need to hone your expertise in particular subject areas, such as math, English or STEM.

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Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

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Jon McGee’s Breakpoint (2015, Johns Hopkins) offers a very solid, useful, and accessible analysis of current trends in higher education. That population is increasingly nonwhite: “By 2023, graduates of color will represent nearly half of all high school graduates… up from one-third in 2003.” I suspect these absences stem from another issue, the book’s focus on traditional-age undergraduate education.

Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Bryan Alexander

Jon McGee’s Breakpoint (2015, Johns Hopkins) offers a very solid, useful, and accessible analysis of current trends in higher education. That population is increasingly nonwhite: “By 2023, graduates of color will represent nearly half of all high school graduates… up from one-third in 2003.” I suspect these absences stem from another issue, the book’s focus on traditional-age undergraduate education.

Busting Stereotypes: A Homeschool-Public School Partnership That Works

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The appeal of home schooling has grown over the past decade — between 2003 and 2012, the percentage of students who are homeschooled grew from 2.2 While many homeschool families aren’t interested in enrolling their children in public school full time, they see the benefit of taking a few classes if that means they have more access to funds to pay for instruction of their choice.

How Harry Potter Has Brought Magic To Classrooms For More Than 20 Years

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“We burn through Sorcerer’s Stone in about three weeks as a read aloud using the Jim Kay illustrated edition so all our kids have access to the theme and don’t just think we’re crazy,” VanDonge says. The series had a steady presence on this list and even topped it at times, through 2003. She says all of the pushback she has gotten stems from the theme of witchcraft in the books. It’s just like the perfect combination of accessible language.”

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Why Some Colleges Are Ditching the Science Lecture For Hands-On Learning

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There’s a lot of talk about the importance of STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, for America’s future competitiveness. Otero helped start up the LA program soon after she came to CU Boulder’s School of Education in 2003. The lack of teachers with science backgrounds means that most students get their first introduction to STEM disciplines from teachers who are less familiar with the subjects — and who may even be intimidated by them.

Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

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Over the last few years of the Speak Up survey, more students and administrators have signaled the importance of being able to access mobile devices in the classroom, whether through Bring Your Own Device policy consideration and implementation or through school-provided technology. This year, nearly half of teachers (47 percent) said their students have regular access to mobile devices in their classrooms.

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

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TAL Education Group , which began as a solo tutoring operation in 2003 and has since grown into a publicly-traded empire, boasting $620 million in revenue in 2015 from a network of over 300 brick-and-mortar tutoring centers. This approach, says Goldman Sachs’ Victor Hu, offers “an efficient, relatively inexpensive way for overseas investors to access the U.S. “ You Can’t Make Movies Without China.”

A charter school faces the ugly history of school choice in the Deep South

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Southwest Georgia S.T.E.M. ohnson, a Little Rock native, came to the Arkansas side of the Delta in 2003 with Teach For America. Every child would have access to a laptop loaded with software for phonics and numeracy, because Johnson believed children needed a lot of practice in these areas. Executive Director Amanda Johnson greets students as they arrive for school. Photo: Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report. CLARKSDALE, Miss. —

Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking

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In 2005, Joan Didion published The Year of Magical Thinking , which chronicles her husband’s death in December 2003, shortly after their daughter had fallen into septic shock and been placed an induced coma. ”) The claims that VR will expand access to education for everyone are dubious. This is part one of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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“Ed access to VR growing as low-cost options expand,” says Education Dive. In other STEM news, Pornhub awards a “women in tech” scholarship. Via Mark Guzdial’s Computing Education Blog : “University CS graduation surpasses its 2003 peak, with poor diversity.” Education Politics. From the Department of Education’s press release : “U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Chief of Staff and Additional Staff Hires.”

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The Politics of Education Technology

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And in another post, I will look at the administration’s efforts to promote STEM and CS education via the Computer Science For All initiative launched in January ; in yet another I’ll look at its efforts to encourage schools use open educational resources via the GoOpen initiative which it launched last year. ” Accessibility and Technology (and the Role of Governments and Corporations). This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.