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How to Help Students Land the STEM Jobs of the Future

Ed Surge – Kelli Anderson

“For nearly 30 years, the global non-profit FIRST has been getting kids hooked on science and technology through hands-on robotics competitions featuring come-from-behind victories and breathless spectators clamoring for TV coverage. It all happens thanks to a network of corporate partnerships that let students peer into the real world of STEM careers while giving companies a chance to engage with ambitious and energetic students.” (more)

Ten Jobs That Should Be Safe From Automation

KQED News Mind/Shift – Sarah Gosner

“For most of us, though, the robot invasion will simply change the tasks we do, not destroy our jobs altogether. That’s according to researchers who study the impact of automation on jobs. They also note that, as the spread of artificial intelligence automates the rote parts of our jobs, it will not only force us to upgrade our skills but also free us up to take on more sophisticated tasks. Meanwhile, the education system will have to adapt by focusing on giving people the high-level problem-solving and interpersonal skills that robots may never be able to master.” (more)

A Survey Sheds Light Into Parental Views Of Technology in Education and Careers Of Their Kids

Forbes – Anna Powers

“It’s school season again and all the preparations that come with it, especially for parents, who are eager to see their children succeed and have poured their hearts into planning and organizing all their activities. It is no secret that tech and gadgets are going to play a big role this school year, as according to data gathered by Nielsen, 45% of children age 10 to 12 get a smartphone, with age 10 being the predominant age. Given this climate, Microsoft teamed up with YouGov to understand how parents of children under 18 in the U.S. view technology in the realms of education, parenting and career prospects.” (more)

K–12 Schools Should Teach Soft Skills to Prepare Students for the Future Workforce

Ed Tech Magazine – Joe McAllister

“While digital tools are woven into educational pedagogy nationwide, another component of learning may help educators give students advantages in a world not yet known to them. A 2017 Report by Dell Technologies estimates that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 — fewer than 12 years from now — haven’t been invented yet.” (more)

Redefining Education: Preparing Children For A Radically Different World

Forbes – Richard Levick

“Almost everything about our lives has changed in the past couple of generations, much of it with breathtaking speed. The economy has gone global and is now thoroughly dependent on digital technologies, rendering obsolete much of our parents’ world. Trains and planes now travel at three or four times the pace of their predecessors – and they’re much safer than they used to be.” (more)

2 major investments support STEM education

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Schools may be out for summer, but STEM education efforts and investments are going strong. STEM investments are critical for a number of reasons. First, many of the jobs today’s K-12 students will hold in the future don’t exist yet, and nearly all of them are predicted to require solid STEM skills. Second, there are large gender and racial gaps in the STEM workplace. These gaps start as early as middle school, when girls and minorities stop engaging with STEM lessons and extra-curricular activities.” (more)