Making the Grade: How Advancements in EdTech Give Students and Schools a Competitive Edge Pt.2
Category: In Class
STEM SKILLS AND JOB GROWTH
The US government projects a STEM job growth rate of 17 percent between 2008 and 2018. The Australian government acknowledges that STEM skills play a crucial role in newly-developing fields, including “biotechnology, information and communications technology (ICT) and advanced manufacturing,” helps more traditional businesses including “agriculture, resources and healthcare” stay ahead of the curve within their respective industries, and is required in “75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations.” Additional APAC nations such as Malaysia and Singapore are growing their efforts to increase students’ exposure to STEM in both the classroom and the workplace.
SETTING UP EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS
To empower their students, educators will require access to the proper tools and support to implement pedagogical platforms that incorporate more collaborative, technology-based learning. As teacher Katie Martin stated in her TedX talk “Teachers Create What They Experience”: “If we understand that every system is perfectly designed to create the results it gets, then think about these two questions: Are you creating systems for teachers to comply and implement your ideas and your programs? Or are you creating systems to bring people together – to learn, and create better opportunities for the kids in their classrooms?”