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Brandon Paykamian

Staff Writer

Brandon Paykamian is a staff writer for Government Technology. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from East Tennessee State University and years of experience as a multimedia reporter, mainly focusing on public education and higher ed.

A panel of educators on Thursday said professional development and putting technology at the center of instructional design are two important aspects of building successful online learning programs.
A recent study of Generation Z’s attitudes toward STEM found that only 29 percent of them cite STEM jobs as their first career choices, despite 75 percent expressing interest in the subjects academically.
In order to get the most out of virtual reality tools, schools and universities need to train educators how to use them and address accessibility concerns that may come with adopting related programs.
Based on a recent professional development course about generative AI, college professors still have reservations about data privacy, plagiarism, accessibility and mixed messages around the technology.
The university’s Online Course Design Institute will impart best practices for online instruction, including how to choose course goals and objectives, map out course material and design assignments and assessments.
Some universities have developed their own on-premises generative AI tools for students and staff, which have the advantage of data privacy but may require considerable money and expertise to launch and maintain.
University of Missouri and Harvard-Smithsonian researchers found that “STEM Career Days” can build an early interest in STEM fields, which could help meet the demand for trained professionals and diversify the field.
Jennifer Gonzalez, founder of the Cult of Pedagogy podcast and website, said thinking about education technology should go beyond the classroom to encompass school operations and even community problem-solving.
Former teacher and ed-tech consultant Monica Burns sees a wide-open future for education innovation with artificial intelligence, but she advises teachers to stay current with their capabilities and limitations.
Campus, a national community college startup, is developing an online academic portfolio with the goal of keeping tuition rates at or below the maximum federal Pell Grant rate for low-income students.