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Code.org creates initiative to increase exposure to computer programming

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Code.org creates initiative to increase exposure to computer programming

I recently read about an interesting initiative from code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting computer science education.  They are pushing for 10 million students across the nation to have exposure to computer programming during the week of December 9-15, national Computer Science Education week.  They are offering initiative and prizes – ranging from extra dropbox space to a full classroom of new computers – to educators who agree to host some of their programming tutorials, known as an “hour of code.”  (You can read more about the initiative...

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How the government shutdown is affecting college students

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in News | 0 comments

How the government shutdown is affecting college students

Initially, the partial shutdown of the federal government had minimal effect on most colleges and colleges students.  Some students, particularly those with small children, felt the pinch from the start, as child care programs such as Head Start were some of the many federally funded programs whose funding was cut on October 1st.  But for the most part, colleges and students were able to continue on with their lives and jobs more or less normally. However, as the shutdown drags on, the situation is looking more and more dreary for the world of academe.  Many public universities rely on...

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Common Core curriculum could have negative long-term effects

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Common Core curriculum could have negative long-term effects

Have you heard of the Common Core curriculum?  I hadn’t either, until just a few weeks ago.  In theory, I suppose the idea is a good one.  It’s part of an effort by the Obama administration to nationalize education standards.  The motivation behind this push is undoubtedly a good one.  It’s intended to even out education options across the board – rather than having some students who receive excellent education and some who are noticeably lagging behind by the end of their senior year, the Common Core is intended to offer better educational opportunities to a...

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Is the grass really always greener?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Is the grass really always greener?

Last week I wrote about how some educators and policymakers are looking for creative ways to improve American students’ math and science ranking in the global arena.  An interesting follow-up then, a counter-perspective if you will, can be found in this week’s topic. An article published last week in the New York Times stated that many Chinese educators and parents have begun looking to the United States as a model for scientific instruction.  Why, you ask?  Why, when by almost any testable standard, the Chinese are producing more and better scientists and engineers than the...

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Finding Creative Alternatives to Traditional STEM Teaching

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Finding Creative Alternatives to Traditional STEM Teaching

As US students’ global rankings in the field of math and science continue to slip, policy makers and educators alike are scrambling for creative ways to close the gaps.  To that end, a recent article published in the New York Times asked scientists, educators, and students from around the country for suggestions about how to improve the United State’s math and science education (read the full text here).  Some of the suggestions given were: Have teachers that are personally immersed in science (i.e. restructure the system so that teaching becomes a viable and desirable career...

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New ACC members may re-ignite interest in GT football

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in News | 0 comments

New ACC members may re-ignite interest in GT football

As Georgia Tech begins another academic year, it seems that the topic on many people’s minds is not homework or exams, but rather….football.  For some, it seems that the fall semester hasn’t really even begun until that first kick off of the season.  And this is understandable – as a member of the ACC, sports (and particularly football) go a long way in defining the character of Georgia Tech students and the campus body as a whole. So as the campus gears up for their first game of the season, it’s only natural to want to talk about football.  However, as this...

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