6 Steps to Boost Student Computer Science Skills and Unleash Potential in Your Schools
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Schools are committed to preparing today’s workforce for the digital economy, but data proves that most students struggle with basic concepts in math, reading and science, according to Laura Edwards, global director of education market insights at MindShift (www.mindshift.co). “We are seeing technology transfer – the transfer of the industrial revolution’s innovations – to the classroom, but there’s a growing realization that digital literacy is a skill that must be taught and practiced with regular engagement,” Edwards explains. “Schools are making great strides, but many are not putting enough resources into digital learning to hit the mark.”
To accelerate access to technology, employers are now establishing programs to reward and retain talented professionals, and the fact that technological skills are as in-demand as other higher level skills speaks to the need for schools to offer computer science education. The EdTech Association, an association of more than 100 companies active in the education technology market, is working with its members, corporate partners and education partners to support this mission.
According to the National Science Foundation, “Computer science is increasingly essential to addressing U.S. competitiveness challenges in the global economy.” By partnering with employers, educators, policymakers and stakeholder groups to ensure access to this critical skill set, the EdTech Association is helping to close the achievement gap in math and science by educating students of all ages about their careers and opportunities in these fields.
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Follow these steps to launch new programs in your school and inspire your students:
1. Educate Your Students
Start by showing your students the opportunities in technology by showing them how the technology will help them with their day-to-day lives.
2. Cultivate a Culture of Learning
Ask your student to brainstorm ideas on how they can incorporate technology into their everyday lives.
3. Be Willing to Take Action
Vigorously pursue a trial program and build ongoing partnership.
4. Invest in Trainings and Resources
“We believe that when teachers have the appropriate training and materials, they can provide access to all students to life-long technology skills, and create an environment where students are comfortable using digital tools within their STEM curriculum,” says Michelle Rosenberg, president of the EdTech Association. “EDGAR 4 has our commitment to helping our members expand the software literacy curriculum with the subject matter and is working with State Board of Education guidelines and state sponsors of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Schools to assist schools in setting up trial programs.”
5. Don’t Forget About the Mentor
Professional development is vital for early career development. What’s more, increasing the number of students proficient in math and science will lead to higher salaries for graduates. Knowing the skills and competencies of your most important colleagues in the classroom will prevent them from not being retained during the hiring process.
6. Partner With Businesses
As TechNet member companies, The EdTech Association works with IT leaders in America to create and share best practices and create opportunities for students to learn about the technology-driven skills of their future jobs. This partnership allows the association to improve its resources while strengthening programs and programs for their members.
One of the key goals of the association’s programs is to help companies become more tech-savvy, which boosts the way they recruit and retain talent. According to the US Department of Commerce, there are 21 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that won’t exist in the United States without it – with a low unemployment rate for qualified engineers and other skilled workers in these fields. This demand from businesses is opening up opportunities for companies to get involved with the EdTech Association to help students and educators thrive in the classroom.
With the potential financial and life-changing rewards of enhanced student success, educational institutions and business must think outside the box and work together to better prepare their students for success.
These practical lessons will help propel your school toward technology success.
With secure, customized technology, specialized training and expert advice, schools can digitally transform themselves with modern education that will prepare students to excel in the digital economy. We can achieve more than just educating students but can advance the workforce through global networks, global e-commerce and collaboration. What is your school doing to move toward this goal?
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