An eighth-grade math teacher's suggestion that student Nashlie Sephus attend a hands-on engineering camp for girls at a nearby university led to a promising career path for Sephus, who now manages the Amazon Web Services machine-learning group. Sephus is giving back to her hometown of Jackson, Miss. by funding a tech hub, as well as a local nonprofit offering technical assistance to students.
The IBM Family Science Saturday Program is bringing inquiry-based, hands-on STEM exploration to about 20 fifth-graders from St. Augustine's School in Ossining, N.Y, with workshops covering subjects such as kitchen chemistry and artificial intelligence. Mary Jane Daley, a regional superintendent for Catholic schools in the area, believes the extra-curricular program will encourage students to pursue STEM careers.
The Palm Beach County school district in Florida started a Teaching With Technology Trailblazer program in 2017 and now has more Google-certified teachers -- about 20% of educators at each of the district's 180 schools -- than any other system in the country, says Adam Miller, educational technology director. In this Q&A, Miller discusses the district's investment in 11,000 SMART panel displays and other technology, plus advises school leaders to get broad input on tech goals.
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The problem with engineering lessons is that they eliminate the most important step, says high-school sophomore Luke Harris: correctly identifying the problem at hand. Harris explains in this commentary how he has aimed to fill this gap by creating a curriculum for students in middle and high school that teaches them how to research problems in addition to creating product prototypes.
Data can be a powerful tool to improve teaching and learning, three educators say in this blog post. Luiza Mureseanu, an instructional resource teacher in Ontario, Canada, discusses the adjustments she makes based on information she gathers from Google Forms, exit tickets, notes, surveys and interviews with students.
More than 36,560 families -- representing nearly 55,000 students -- signed up for Chicago Connected, the city's program aimed at helping to bridge the digital divide by providing free internet access for students from low-income households. While officials recognize it has been challenging to enroll students, they anticipate reaching their goal of access for 100,000 students by the end of the school year.
The CDC has classified school staff as essential workers, and federal vaccine distribution guidance places them in the 1b category -- among the first to receive the vaccine. Yet, the timeline to vaccinate school staff varies nationwide because states establish their own priority guidelines.
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