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December 4, 2012
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  • New online STEM courses aim to boost career readiness
    Career Pathways, a collection of career and technical education courses focused on health sciences, information technology and business, is designed for high-school students. The curriculum is administered by E2020, which provides online and blended courses in grades 6-12. "Today's employers are increasingly placing a premium on technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills, in addition to math, science, and reading," Pete Findley, vice president of career education for E2020, said. T.H.E. Journal (12/3)
  • Innovative classroom lessons just one scanned code away
    Bringing QR codes into the classroom can be engaging for students, says Tim Dwyer, of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Dwyer, in a presentation at the recent ACTE CareerTech VISION 2012 conference, described how students in his automotive course produce videos describing how certain car parts operate. The videos are assigned QR codes, and students in other classes use smartphones to scan the codes and watch the videos, writes SmartBrief senior education editor Melissa Greenwood in this blog post. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/30)
 
  • Digital citizenship goes beyond technical knowledge
    The stereotype that the current generation is made up of digital natives is dangerous, writes technology teacher Mary Beth Hertz. Instead, she suggests referring to them as "digital citizens" because of the prevalence of digital technology in their lives. However, Hertz writes, just because students know how to use a tablet computer does not mean they understand aspects of that citizenship, such as intellectual property rights and digital etiquette. Edutopia.org/Mary Beth Hertz's blog (12/3)
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  Business 
  • Bioscience industry in Ariz. sees growth
    Employment in the private bioscience industry in Arizona grew 41% from 2002 to 2010, compared with an 11% growth rate nationally. Much of this job growth reportedly can be attributed to the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation, which in 2002 helped launch a 10-year initiative to support bioscience research and development. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (12/4) Email this Story
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  • Wis. school district requires more math, science to graduate
    Students graduating from high school in the Wausau School District in Wisconsin, starting with the class of 2017, will have to take three years of math and three years of science. Currently, the school district requires two years each of math and science, but Thom Hahn, the district's director of secondary education, doesn't foresee a problem with the change. "Most colleges require three years of math and science, so students are taking them anyway," Hahn said. The Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (12/3)
  • Rewards increase rapidly for flexible mobile app developers
    There has been considerable fluctuation in the job market for iPhone, iPad and Android developers, DoNanza CEO Liran Kotzer writes. Talent-as-a-service offerings help stabilize the job market and expose freelance developers to different companies, expanding their skill sets. "The most in-demand tech skills at the moment revolve around Web design and Web development. When it comes to the fastest growing demand, video- and mobile-related skills feature heavily," he writes. VentureBeat (12/2)
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It is astonishing what force, purity and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods."
--Margaret Fuller,
American journalist and women's rights activist



 
 
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