Magazine article Technology & Learning

Less Gloom, More Boom

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Less Gloom, More Boom

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Last month, I had the honor and pleasure to attend the Ninth Annual Intel Visionary Conference, which brought together top leaders from government, corporate, and academic offices. Attendees discussed issues surrounding the use of tech in public education in a marathon two-day session from which new ideas and actions are spurred (find archives from past years at www.k12blueprint.com).

This year's theme focused on STEM and included a number of illuminating and frank discussions, many of which came with worrisome data: the rank of US students succeeding in STEM subjects continues to slip further down the list of countries; the percentage of minority and female students entering engineering fields, already miniscule, shows no signs of increasing; the lack of teachers for these subjects also is in a deep hole.

Not to diminish this deeply complex problem, but could part of this conundrum be in our marketing of STEM? Couldn't these research results point in another direction: That never before has there been a greater opportunity for students of all stripes to become involved in STEM subjects? …

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