Ballarat Grammar teacher to attend Women in Agri-tech Education Symposium

BALLARAT Grammar agriculture teacher Noni Gabb is one of 15 female teachers chosen to attend the Women in Agri-tech Education Symposium in Brisbane next year, after a nationwide search. “I’ll be able to bring back new and emerging tech that I haven’t been exposed to and be able to teach in a lot more detail,” Ms Gabb said. “And I hope to find technologies that are relevant to all the enterprises that my students are interested in.” The two-day symposium kicks off a long-term project to increase digital literacy in…

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Tech Forward: Liberal Arts Education in a Technological University

Michigan Technological University’s thought leaders share their ideas to prepare students and the University for a rapidly changing future. David Hemmer, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, explains the importance of the liberal arts to the University’s success. Michigan Tech is often called an “engineering school.” So why should it value and support a dynamic College of Sciences and Arts (CSA)? The easy answer is to teach engineering students foundational math and science classes. But what then of the social sciences, arts and humanities? “Our engineers need to…

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Pupils at Telford school enjoy glimpse of future tech

It is the second day the 35-tonne Titan II is available at the Holy Trinity Academy in Priorslee, and pupils got to grips with virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics and more. The lorry is full of headsets and consoles as well as top-of-the-range machines including 3D printers, and pupils enjoyed their glimpse of the future yesterday. The school’s deputy head Amanda Welsh said: “The day went really well. We’ve had children from Year 7 all the way through to Year 11 going in for the hand-on activities. “The kids all…

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Students honored by Career Tech Center

FLORENCE — A senior at Central High School and a senior from Brooks High School have been honored by the staff and faculty at the Allen Thornton Career Technical Center for their outstanding efforts in the month of November. Gary Dan Williams, director of the Allen Thornton Career Technical Center, said monthly awards are given for the career and technical student of the month and employee of the month at the Simulated Work Place at Allen Thornton. Williams said students from throughout the Lauderdale County School System are recognized for their…

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Alabama Elementary School Creates Tech Learning Ground for Teachers

(TNS) — Decatur City Schools has created what school leaders call a one-of-a-kind playground for teachers at Oak Park Elementary. Spark Lab is a place where teachers go for professional development in a game-like environment and learn the most innovative techniques to teach science, technology, engineering and math-based education. DCS technology coach Faith Plunkett came up with the idea after she was asked at a conference in Florence about what she would change to make education better. “I was in the area of professional development, and I wanted something that…

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From women’s refuge to evangelistic Durham professor of tech

Sue Black is easy to spot in the crowded London pub, thanks to her bright red spiky hair. And as soon as we start talking, she is making me wonder why I chose to focus on the arts and humanities at school. Were my teachers influenced by gender stereotypes; or was I? Will more women consider going into technology in the future? Black, recently appointed professor in computer science and “technology evangelist” at Durham University, speaks with passion about encouraging women to study and teach computer science. She is very excited…

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Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide

When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about devices and home connectivity. We talk the importance of parental support. We talk about training all educators to integrate digital tools in their classrooms in meaningful ways. Seldom, though, does the conversation focus on ensuring that parents acquire the same skills we want for our students. But when schools support students in transferring their skills to their parents, they are narrowing the digital divide.…

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Student tech education group Tech Sassy Girlz lands Amazon grant

A local group that teaches tech skills to girls has received $15,000 in products and educational materials from Amazon to help support its work. Tech Sassy Girlz, which started its educational program in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields about six years ago, will try to expand the use of a mobile lab that can be taken on the road. Among the materials being donated are the programmable robotics set LEGO Mindstorm, the popular Sphero robotic toy and computer kits. “Our Sassy STEM lab is a safe space for…

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Schoolkids’ Dreamtime stories go hi-tech

Microsoft says it wants to expand the project nationally after the Sydney primary school students met with local Dharawal elders and turned the Dreamtime stories about animals and humans into an education tool. The students used various apps including Minecraft to create learning cards and augmented reality software that can be used to teach other students. Augmented reality superimposes a computer-generated image on real world objects and is used in Snapchat. “One of the really important learnings for us has been that it’s only through a collaboration between industry and…

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AT&T, Learfield Partner to Extend Tech Innovations to Higher Education Institutions

AT&T and Learfield Communications’ Campus+ division have partnered to develop and deliver new educational technologies and career opportunities for students in higher education institutions. AT&T said Monday it will coordinate with administrators and other campus stakeholders to address various challenges in on-campus learning, as well as customize academic resources for students, faculty and alumni. Chris Roy, vice president of AT&T’s global public sector, said the Dallas, Texas-based firm is focusing on building relationships with universities to hone students for their future assimilation into the workforce. “Teaming with Learfield will help us bring the latest…

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