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Friday, 31 July 2015 13:21

STEM weekly roundup

Top Paying Stem Jobs: STEM jobs account for 6.2% out of all the jobs in the country. Most importantly, for some students, STEM jobs can be some of the highest paying salaries for recent graduates. Source: Forbes

Resources for Teachers and Students Make a Difference: A new way of teaching and learning for STEM education has proven successful for one student at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif. She deems her success and enthusiasm toward STEM to three things: hands-on experiences, applications of science and math, and involved teachers and mentors. Source: U.S. News

Lack of Job Qualified Job Applicants: GE wants to hire innovative creators and builders however, this is hard with the lack of emphasis on STEM education. At the GE Foundation’s STEM conference in Orlando, ending July 30th, the conference’s main focus is the urgent need to get more STEM education into the classroom curriculums. Source: News 13

Blending Technology and Traditional Teaching: Every day in life you are experiencing a blended environment, not every interaction is online or face-to-face but it is a mixture. While it is hard to determine the exact results, blending technology with the traditional way of teaching, so far, has shown promise. Source: Miami Herald

Google Australia Gives $1 Million Grant: The need for STEM education is a global one. Google Australia just announced they are providing three non-profit organizations with $1 million as a plan to help introduce underrepresented people to STEM. Source: ZD Net

The 20th Century model of education reflected the industrial age.  Students learned the only way they knew how: sitting in organized rows of desks in a classroom with a teacher and a chalk board.  Back then it seemed that without the classroom, there could be no learning.  As the industrial age gives way to an increasingly global one, schools are faced with the exciting task of reaching for and seeking out authentic learning experiences in the surrounding community. The physical confines of a school building can be limiting.  A successful school in the new century is a school without walls.

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