State of the Union — education promises best delivered via video
President Obama’s first State of the Union address focused on the expected hot topics of today, from job creation to healthcare reform. In addition, it also featured some aggressive thoughts about the current state of America’s education system, and ways it can be improved.
It’s no secret that America has slowly been losing its global edge in innovation, science, mathematics, engineering and technology over the years (STEM, which we’ve written about previously). Graduation rates have been much lower than expected in many regions of the country and schools have struggled to meet academic standards. According to his State of the Union address, President Obama is looking to stem this tide and turn around America’s schools by investing in reform and rewarding successful schools that embrace innovation.
The President is looking to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and bring Race to the Top, a competitive grant program, to all 50 states. This program rewards schools that embrace innovation and work to increase student achievement and education in science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM subjects).
For schools looking to be a part of this exciting competition, embrace innovation in the way they teach students and create excitement around STEM subjects, there are new technologies that can help get them there. A great example is video teleconferencing (VTC).
VTC technologies allow teachers to bring professionals, scientists, doctors and other experts directly to students to discuss how the lessons they are learning apply outside of the classroom. VTC also enables students to be virtually transported to far off places to see their lessons in action.
The economic benefits of VTC solutions are so important today. Schools can continue to provide a quality, rich educational experience to students even when additional funding and resources are unavailable.
By breaking down the walls between students, teachers and experts, VTC is bringing a richer educational experience to America’s children and STEM’ing the recessionary tide.