For the Miami Herald’s 2015 Back-to-School edition, we take a look at closing the technology gap in education. Here are lessons in making the tech world more inviting for girls, poor kids and even liberal arts majors.
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Wanted: Girls to take on the (sometimes hostile) world of high tech
Computer science has proven a hard sell for females, but now educators across South Florida are starting to address the mostly social problems behind the gender gap. Read more
For liberal arts majors, all is not lost in the digital future
Despite the surge in STEM majors, experts say the thinking and communications skills of a liberal arts education are needed more than ever. Read more
Your kids can tweet, but are they really digitally literate?
Today’s students seem to have been born with a cell phone in their hands, but studies show they lack crucial skills to navigate the online world. Read more
With tech, schools try to level the economic playing field
A growing body of research shows that not all access to technology and the internet is equal — a finding that has dramatic impacts as classrooms become more digital. Read more
Do smartphones make for smart students?
With mobile devices part of daily life, South Florida teachers and professors are trying to turn texts and tweets into teaching tools — but phones can be a distraction. Read more
Teachers, students see promise in blending digital tools with traditional teaching
Test scores don’t show it yet, but South Florida teachers are banking on growing use of digital tools. Read more
Coding class: It’s the hottest education trend
With everyone from President Barack Obama to Shakira extolling its importance, parents sign kids up to learn the daunting mysteries of coding. Read more
Florida’s virtual school options boom
A state mandate to take at least one online class has made Florida the king of online classes; a new study will assess how well they work. Read more
Study finds encouragement is key for math students
The tools kids need to keep them on track: confidence, clear explanations of concepts and encouragement. Read more
High-tech and high-touch: FIU introduces ‘virtual’ dissection
Tables that work like giant iPads provide life-size and lifelike images at human anatomy for nursing and health science students Read more
Kids (and parents) need to know safety rules for surfing online
With kids increasingly using computers for school and socializing, setting limits isn’t always easy for cyber-wary parents. Read more
Apps you should know (and your kids may already use)
10 sites your kids may be checking out. Read more