1. Education funding challenges hurt Arizona tech industry, STEM advocates say. Many companies in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) industry have locations in Arizona, including Uber, Intel and PayPal. STEM jobs are expected to grow in the state by 21 percent over the next decade, according to the National Forum on Education, Policy, Education Commission of the States. But Arizona educators worry that a lack of support for STEM programs and teachers in K-12 schools will impact the state's ability to provide the quality workforce these companies will require.
2. Ed tech and job training. The tone appears to have changed at ASU+GSV, the booming ed-tech and investment extravaganza held here each April by Arizona State University and GSV Capital. Predictions of doom for hidebound colleges have been less common during sessions at the conference. Instead, attendees are focused on job training and the skills gap, challenges most think offer opportunities for both technology-focused start-ups and the more nimble segments of higher education.
3. How educational leaders can become technology visionaries today. Having a vision for ICT is tough and it is even harder to manage up to this vision. It takes patience and time to even know how the school's ICT investments were worthwhile. However, by being a true visionary in ICT in education, you can deliver your school to ICT greatness using these easy steps to remember.
4. The Arizona technology council supports Governor Doug Ducey's 20x2020 proposal for increased education funding. The Arizona Technology Council, the state’s largest trade association for technology businesses and a longtime leader of the technology community, today reinforced its full support for Governor Doug Ducey’s plan to continue investments in Arizona’s K-12 education. Dubbed “20x2020,” this initiative proposes to increase teacher salaries 20 percent by the beginning of the 2020 school year, with 10 percent coming this year. In addition, the plan calls to fully restore $271 million of recession-era cuts over the next five years, with $100 million coming this year — all without raising taxes while maintaining Arizona’s balanced budget.
5. New age careers and technology trends in education. The truth is, technology is changing so fast that the differences in skills that used to happen between generations are now happening between students who are in the same college at the same time.
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