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STEM Interest Declining Among Teen Boys

STEM interest is dwindling among boys. A recent survey found that just 24 percent of boys 13 to 17 years old expect to pursue a STEM career, down from 36 percent in 2017. However, interest among girls those ages has held steady year-over-year at 11 percent.

Survey: Funding for Ed Tech Still Encumbers 21st Century Learning

Among the findings from a new ed tech tech survey: funding for is the biggest issue for most schools; augmented and virtual realities are hot really only with pundits, not classrooms; and Google is a top choice.

Students Get Industry Mentoring, Insights on AI

H2O.ai, an artificial-intelligence platform producer, is partnering with AI4ALL, an Oakland, CA-based nonprofit working to increase diversity and inclusion in AI and to educate future AI workers about how it can be a force for social good. The goal: to democratize AI.

Missouri Delivers Virtual Summer School

Middle and high school students across Missouri are earning original credit and recovery credits online by enrolling in the Missouri Online Summer Institute.

Google Adds College Data to Search Results

Google is expediting access to details about college when somebody looks up a specific institution in the search engine. When a user enters a college name, he or she will receive the usual capsule description from Wikipedia, as well as a menu with quick links to information about admissions, cost, majors, outcomes and other aspects and other stats.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of June 18, 2018)

Four days until the deadline for the Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant Program!

Flipgrid Now Free in Wake of Microsoft Acquisition

Microsoft has acquired the social learning platform Flipgrid and is making it free to schools. As an added bonus, those institutions that purchased a license will receive a prorated refund.

Most Ed Tech Fails at Data and Privacy Policy Practices

A three-year assessment of the most-used applications and services for education found a "widespread lack of transparency" and inconsistency among their privacy and security practices.

Another Year of Grad Growth but States Need to Stay Focused

While the high school graduation rate continues to increase, the rate of gain is too slow to meet the 90 percent national diploma-completion goal by 2020, according to a group of organizations promoting the effort.

LA Unified Promotes CS Education; Conflicted on 1-to-1 Devices

At the same time that Los Angeles Unified School District voted to promote computer science education and reduce the "digital divide," the country's largest school system also is trying to bring back 1-to-1 computing devices in a big way almost four years after it canceled its last major attempt. However, the latest effort has hit a funding obstacle.

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