Guest post by Yolanda Ramos, Director of Professional Development Services, Education Leadership for International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a prestigious global organization dedicated to helping educators more effectively and innovatively use technology to support student learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.
Leveraging technology to support STEM education is a hot topic here at ISTE 2012, our 33rd annual conference taking place in beautiful San Diego, CA (June 24-27). At this conference and exposition we discover how educators from around the world are using innovative technologies to help students expand their horizons.
There is a lot of buzz about the Verizon Foundation working with ISTE to help underserved schools use mobile technology to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To learn more click here (or go to http://prn.to/KZVM7A ).
There is a need to further engage students using technology. Why? The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that before today's middle school students graduate from high school, the number of jobs requiring skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will more than double.
Over the past 10 years, STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs. STEM jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent during 2008–2018 versus 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM jobs.
We here at ISTE were thrilled the Verizon Foundation tapped us to help underserved schools use mobile technology to prepare students for careers in STEM. These schools are in the Verizon Innovative Learning School program, which works with underserved schools across the country, and our prestigious global organization dedicated to helping educators more effectively and innovatively use technology to support student learning in STEM will provide these schools with a robust year-long training program.
Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education and technology for the Verizon Foundation said, “Our goal at the Verizon Foundation is to implement programs that have a positive impact on student achievement. ISTE’s experienced Professional Development team will provide insights into the apps and tools educators can readily use to get students engaged especially in STEM subjects.”
Our innovative professional development approach – which includes both live and virtual training -- will be based on an individual needs assessment conducted at each school.
Post by Yolanda Ramos, Director of Professional Development Services, Education Leadership for ISTE.
For complete details, see attached document: 6-26-2012 ISTE press release