A national push for tech education

March 26, 2015

The ongoing emergence of cloud computing and other technologies in workplaces across the globe has informed the thinking of not just business leaders, but educational administrators as well. Principals, school boards, teachers and parents are working together to better prepare students for the evolution of the working world.

No matter the age group, classrooms are now well stocked with laptops and tablets. The idea is that if young people can begin using these tools as if they were second nature, they would have a better grasp of future challenges and responsibilities in their careers. Without sapping schools of their inherently communal nature, thought leaders in education are implementing new strategies to establish the next wave of tech-savvy workers.

A bill for STEM education
Approximately 60 leaders in the education and business fields, including representatives from Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and the University of Washington, are pushing legislators to pass a bill that would bolster computer science programs in schools throughout Washington state, according to GeekWire.

House Bill 1813 would create a grant program to fund equipment, train educators and teach students in this increasingly pertinent field. GeekWire added that the bill has already passed the state’s House committees on education and appropriations.

“There are currently 20,000 open computing jobs across all industries in Washington, and these jobs are growing at three times the state average,” the group noted in a letter to the legislators, according to the news outlet. “We compare that to 20,000 open jobs and wonder: why is this course only offered in 7 percent of our high schools?”

Philadelphia educational overhaul underway
The Notebook reported that much of the school system in Philadelphia is at the forefront of education reform when it comes to tech-related subjects. Robert Caroselli, principal of Fox Chase Elementary in Northeast Philadelphia, told the publication that schools throughout the district are in great need of servers. Yet at the same time, he isn’t letting an infrastructural issue cut into the city’s plans for tech education.

“I have kindergartners using Chromebooks,” Caroselli told the publication. “They have Lexia, the intervention-based reading program. No one’s ever tried it with them, and we tried it this year, and our data is showing they’re moving their levels pretty [quickly]. They’re really excited.”

Dion Betts, the school’s regional superintendent said that kids are growing up with technology all around them, and the educational initiatives are simply a way to help students catch up to the environment.