DEN Trend Report: 1/25/17

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Creating Modern Digital Learning Environments (Blog Talk Radio)
By Sri Ravipati
Discovery Education’s VP of Digital Learning, Dr Mark Edwards bring with him two Canadian Ass’t Superintendents, Tim Cusack and Corine Ganno  from the Edmonton Catholic School System

Strategies for Creating Future-Ready Classrooms, TODAY (MACULcommunity.org)
By Hall Davidson

Due to a variety of demographic, political, economic, and technological forces, the last few years have brought a tremendous amount of change to the education environment in which we all operate. While change has become the new normal, it has become clear that the nationwide shift to using high-quality digital content as the primary classroom resource for teaching and learning is a trend that is here to stay.

STEM News Roundup: New Tool Brings Math to Life with Virtual Reality (Education World)

Virtual reality is helping to bring complex math concepts to life through a new tool called CalcFlow.

According to Singularity Hub, the impressive new tool could very well signify a change in how math is taught–and consequentially understood.

“VR math simulations are going to change the way we think about numbers and their connection to our lives. They’re going to create incredibly engaging experiences. And they will forever reshape how we teach and learn mathematics,” says Jason Ganz, CEO of Agora VR and contributor for Singularity Hub.

Does growing student diversity mean a renewed focus on personalized learning? (eSchool News)

One district invests in a personalized learning framework and sees results soar within their diverse student body.

Research shows that diversity in today’s students (e.g. socio-economic background, gender, race, and previous learning experiences) is greater than ever before. In fact, a conservative 30-40 percent of students may require an alternate learning path or support during their learning, since a diverse student body means different strengths and weaknesses for each individual student.

Reaffirming Our Commitment to High Quality Digital Content (EdNET Insight)
By Marty Creel

The beginning of a new year, in my opinion, provides one of the best opportunities for self-reflection and growth. As a classroom teacher, I saw the first few weeks of January as the perfect time to assess my personal performance as an educator and make the necessary adjustments to my classroom practice so that I might better meet the needs of my students.

How 4 visionary schools are venturing into a new mixed reality (eSchool News)
By Laura Ascione

Mixed reality combines virtual and augmented realities for enhanced learning experiences–and institutions are already implementing it.

A new collaboration between Pearson and Microsoft is using a self-contained holographic computer to develop “mixed reality” learning experiences for students.

The collaboration will explore how mixed reality can help solve real challenges in areas of learning, ranging from online tutoring and coaching, nursing education, and engineering to construction and surveyor training.

Virtual Super Bowl Trip Can Get Kids Active, Healthy (The Huffington Post)
By Nancy Brown

Now that we know the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will be meeting in the Super Bowl, the countdown to kickoff has begun.

Football fans are not the only ones looking forward to the festivities in Houston. So are teachers and students in classrooms across the country who will be participating in the NFL Play 60 Challenge’s Virtual Field Trip live from Houston at noon CT on Jan. 31, a few days before the big game.

Virtual field trips transport classrooms anywhere at any time with the push of a few buttons. In this case, teachers simply register for free online for access to the one-hour presentation. When the time comes, they call up the link and the fun begins. That’s all it takes.

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