Can quests help engage students? | Pa. students to revamp historic buildings in design challenge | Program helps fill teacher shortages, diversify sciences
January 17, 2018
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Can quests help engage students?
Can quests help engage students?
Using quests in project-based lessons gives students more choice, which helps boost engagement, writes professor of technology, innovation and pedagogy Matthew Farber. In this blog post, he shares approaches -- and tools -- to support quests in learning.
Edutopia online (1/16) 
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Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
Gender Equity in STEM
Program helps fill teacher shortages, diversify sciences
Midcareer teachers in New Jersey can access additional certification in physics and chemistry via the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. The program has helped fill shortages and brought more female teachers and teachers of color to science classrooms.
The Hechinger Report (1/17) 
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Report: Few women pursue engineering, science
Fewer than 4% of female college students in Texas pursue degrees in engineering and science, compared with 20% of men, according to a recent report from the Society of Women Engineers. The report highlights the role that community colleges play in increasing diversity in these fields.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (1/17) 
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Research & Funding
$1.1M gift aimed at increasing diversity at Ind. college
A $1.1 million donation from a graduate of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is aimed at helping the school increase diversity among students in computer science programs, officials say. Women earned 18% of computer science degrees at the Indiana college during the 2015-16 academic year, said J.P. Mellor, head of the computer science and software engineering department.
Indiana Public Media (1/15) 
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Business & Industry
Students earn certifications through partnership
Students at an Iowa school will be able to earn certifications in precision-measuring instruments through a partnership with a tool-making company called Snap-on and other local groups and businesses. The certifications will help students prepare for careers in such areas as engineering, automotive and building trades.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) (1/12) 
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Policy & Advocacy
DeVos' speech focuses on past reform, Common Core
DeVos' speech focuses on past reform, Common Core
DeVos (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Education-reform efforts during the Bush and Obama administrations did little -- if anything -- that "fundamentally changed the system," US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during a recent speech. She addressed issues, including the Common Core State Standards, which she said "is dead" at the Education Department.
U.S. News & World Report (1/16),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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Student Trophy Design Contest
ACTE's Student Trophy Design Contest is back! CAD and 3D modelling students are encouraged to enter our contest to design ACTE's 3D printed trophies for the 2017 awards. Learn more.
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ACTE Excellence Awards
The ACTE Excellence Awards recognize excellence and dedication within the field of career and technical education. Recipients of these awards have made significant contributions to student success, pioneered innovative practices in their programs and institutions, and demonstrated leadership in the CTE community. Excellence Award winners represent the best in CTE through their commitment to delivering high-quality CTE. Learn more about ACTE's High-Quality CTE Initiative.
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