Educational organizations in Alaska increasingly are using technology to facilitate distance learning as part of an effort to reduce costs and expand educational opportunities for students. However, officials say, limited access to broadband internet in some areas can restrict the use of technology for learning purposes.
Mobile technology is changing the education landscape, Apple Education executive Jon Landis said this week at the State Education Technology Directors Association conference. He noted that teachers may need more training to adapt to the new "knowledge economy," where students often learn on mobile devices.
Students at the University of Texas at El Paso serve as mentors in a local school district to 50,000 students a year, helping the younger students to develop their technology skills. The Tech-E program also is designed to boost confidence and soft skills in the college students.
The now Democratic-led US House could bring closer scrutiny to higher-education policies under US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. However, little progress may be made on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, even under new House leadership.
Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel recently proposed establishing a $1 billion national fund to close the "homework gap." The plan includes using the federal E-rate subsidy program to expand access to the internet across US schools.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has received a $598,402 National Science Foundation grant to implement and analyze the use of flipped teaching methods in science, technology, engineering and math courses. Researchers plan to look at designing a broad framework for the flipped model to better engage, teach and retain students in STEM.
The number of students who have enrolled in online courses for at least some of their classes grew 5.7% from fall 2016 to fall 2017, while overall postsecondary enrollment fell by nearly half a percentage point, according to a report from the US Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics. The data show 15.4% of students were enrolled in exclusively online classes in 2017, compared with 14.7% the year before.
Technology should be embraced more widely in education as a way to make teaching and learning more flexible and dynamic and help educators "rethink" the traditional school model, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday at the State Education Technology Directors Association conference. This approach, she said, will help students take more control of their learning.
States are providing more need-based aid to college students, with a report from the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs showing a 52.2% increase in such funds from 2006-07 to 2016-17. The data also showed that grants based on other criteria grew 21.9% over the past decade.
Education technology entrepreneurs, educators, students and officials from Japan's Ministry of Education recently shared their ideas about the future of education at the Edvation x Summit in Tokyo. Some of the technology on display included a robotics kit, a smartphone application that helps students become fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese and a headset where the cat ears perk up when the wearer is paying attention.