All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.
To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:
1.4 Recommendation: Use advances in the learning sciences and technology to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning, and develop, adopt, and evaluate new methodologies with the potential to enable all learners to excel in STEM.
New technologies for representing, manipulating, and communicating information and ideas have changed professional practices in STEM fields and what students need to learn to be prepared for STEM professions. The Department of Education should cooperate with the National Science Foundation (NSF), its cyberlearning task force initiatives, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science Technology (PCAST) Subcommittee on Education to restructure instruction in the STEM knowledge domains to mirror contemporary professional practice and reflect the use of technology. States, districts, and schools should use the vast array of online resources in STEM fields and the technology tools and resources currently used by STEM professionals to create relevant and applied curricula that engage students in complex problem solving and collaborative learning with their peers and with experts in the field.
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