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March 14, 2013
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  Education 
  • Growing number of free online resources teach coding
    A solid knowledge of computer programming can lead to career opportunities in various fields, and there seems to be no shortage of free online programs available for those who want to develop their own coding skills. This article lists 10 free programs, including Code/Racer, which puts coding lessons in a racing game format, and MIT, which offers free computer courses online. Mashable (3/13) Email this Story
  • How to engage students in inquiry learning
    Students can discover their own paths to learning -- a process known as inquiry learning, writes former history teacher Diana Laufenberg. Among her eight suggestions for accomplishing this process is for teachers to be flexible, encourage curiosity among students, set ways for students to participate in class and teach students, not subjects. Laufenberg, speaking at the recent SXSWedu Conference & Festival in Texas, also recommended providing opportunities for experiential learning and embracing failure as part of the process. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (3/11)
  Business 
  • N.C. students connect with STEM professionals
    In Catawba County, N.C., business leaders, government officials and educators are working together to expand students' educational opportunities. The group's director recently highlighted some of the programs in which students receive direct access to professionals working in science, technology, engineering and math fields. For example, she said, Extreme STEM tours take students out of the classroom and into the field where they can learn about the industry. The Hickory Daily Record (N.C.) (3/13) Email this Story
  Trends 
  • Study: After-school STEM programs still underutilized
    After-school program officials remain conservative about the potential effect they can have on increasing student interest in science, technology, engineering and math, according to a recent study. "Many in the after-school community are pessimistic that their impact will be recognized and valued," said Anita Krishnamurthi, STEM policy director for the Afterschool Alliance. "They aren't as confident about affecting the in-school outcomes that policymakers often focus on -- grades and test scores -- as they are about improving 'foundational' skills, such as problem-solving and teamwork," she added. Education Week/Beyond School blog (3/11) Email this Story
  • Subtle messages can push girls away from science
    In this Q-and-A, Karen Purcell, president of PK Electrical, shares ideas for increasing the number of women in science and technology fields. She suggests removing bias among parents and educators that sometimes push girls away from math and science. Purcell also highlights the important role mentors can play for women starting out their careers in engineering and computer science. CNNMoney/Fortune (3/11) Email this Story
 
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  ACTE News 
  • 2013 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference
    Save the date! The 2013 Best Practices Conference is heading to San Diego Sept. 25-27. CTE administrators, don't miss this chance to hear from the best in the field -- the call for proposals is now open!
  • Taking business to school
    The latest case study in our series on business-education partnerships is now available! Read about how Pacific Gas & Electric partnered with education to develop a skilled workforce.
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