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January 10, 2013
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  • How can schools improve computer education?
    Recognizing the need to bolster the number of highly skilled workers to support the technology industry, Steve Vinter, engineering director at Google and chairman of the Tech Hub Collaborative's talent working group, is working alongside teachers and other industry leaders in Massachusetts to address computer science jobs and education. He suggests schools take steps such as adopting computer science standards and new requirements for teachers. BostInno (Boston) (1/9) Email this Story
  • Ohio school furthers emphasis on medicine in STEM
    In 2011, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio, was the first Catholic high school in the country to qualify for dual certification in biomedical sciences and engineering. The school is continuing to build on its program with a $4 million renovation that will convert 11 classrooms on its second floor into a department dedicated solely to science, technology, engineering, math and medicine -- STEMM. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (1/9) Email this Story
  • Data show diminished enrollment in remedial college courses
    Fewer college freshmen are having to enroll in remedial courses, according to the National Center for Education Statistics -- 20.4% of freshmen in 2007-08, down from 26.3% in 1999-2000, Caralee Adams writes in this blog post. The data also show that fewer white students enrolled in remedial courses than their peers, and students in private colleges also were less likely to need remedial courses, she writes. Education Week/College Bound blog (1/4)
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  • Utah makes major push in education with focus on STEM
    Utah state leaders have launched the "Prosperity 2020" initiative, which seeks to have at least two-thirds of all adults in Utah earn a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020. In addition, the proposal calls for the Salt Lake City area to be a Top-10 market for technology and business. As part of the plan, $43.6 million is being earmarked for items such as computer-adaptive testing, programs for at-risk children and enhanced science, technology, engineering and math programs in schools. The Spectrum & Daily News (St. George, Utah) (tiered subscription model) (1/9) Email this Story
  • U.S. hiring index is highest since 2008
    The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index increased in December, the third straight monthly gain, and is at its highest level since July 2008. The index, which points to short-term hiring trends, is encouraging, but "if economic activity continues to expand slowly in the first half of 2013, it would be difficult for employers to maintain the current rate of job growth," said Gad Levanon of The Conference Board. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/7)
  • A look at the evolution of programming
    Programmers give life to each technology generation, Peter Wayner writes, citing 19 generations of programming, from punch cards to Node.js. Wayner cites each generation's preferred social media activity and office attire. InfoWorld (1/7)
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