DEN Trend Report: 2/15/17

Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!? Here’s a recap of this week’s news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below.

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Schools have literacy resources for parents who want to help children (Salisbury Post, NC)
By Crystal Merck

Rowan-Salisbury Schools

According to research, “the most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent to which a student’s family creates a home environment that encourages learning, expresses high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers and a family that becomes involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.”

Beyond the Hype: 5 Ways to Think About Virtual and Augmented Reality in Schools (EdSurge)
By Jenny Abamu

For many educators, the term “virtual reality” may seem like an oxymoron—a tantalizing idea with promise and potential that has yet to materialize in the classroom. But last weekend, the Immersive Storytelling Symposium at the Parsons School of Design in New York City offered a glimpse of the possibilities. Attended by roughly 200 virtual and augmented reality enthusiasts, skeptics and curious wanderers, the event offered an up-close exploration of new projects, candid shortcomings, and worthwhile lessons.

4 keys for a digital implementation (SmartBrief)

When implementing a digital initiative, there are some points learned along the way that are well worth considering.

Bandwidth and saturation
Devices/Platform
Staff/Community Readiness
Implementation/Rollout

7 Ways Schools Will Change by 2020 (School Leaders Now)

#2 The Age of Textbooks is Over. It’s All Digital.

The digital revolution in schools started quietly in a small district in the middle of North Carolina. In 2007, the Mooresville Graded School District hired Mark Edwards as its superintendent. Edwards promptly proposed what was then a radical overhaul.

4 critical personalized learning questions, answered (Education Dive)
By Roger Riddell

Among the most popular buzz phrases in education over the last several years, “personalized learning” is also one of the K-12’s most promising trends as the sector works to move away from the “factory model” of the past century and toward what some have called “School 2.0.”

Student-centered learning drives improvement (District Administration)
By Mark D. Benigni and Barbara A. Haeffner

Student-centered learning is gaining traction in school systems across our nation. School systems are looking to give students greater choice and voice in their learning as they personalize and blend instruction.  All of these efforts focus on improved student engagement and student-led learning initiatives.  In the Meriden Public Schools, Here Students Succeed.

10 high-need education policy areas for 2017 (eSchool News)
By Laura Escione

As a new administration takes over, federal and state policymakers should keep these important policy areas in mind.

Technology in Education: How Chromebooks and Google Classroom Change the Learning Process (EdTech Magazine)
By Meghan Bogardus Cortez

Thanks to some updates to Google Classroom and a next-generation fleet of Chromebooks, optimizing learning away from a one-size-fits-all experience has gotten even easier.

 

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