DEN Trend Report: 2/28/17

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Immersive Education: VR Comes of Age (THE Journal
By Dian Schaffhauser

For virtual reality to succeed in education, there’s more required than just cool experiences.

Despite all the headlines and conference coverage of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for education over the last year, the technology is still gaining speed — residing at that sweet spot in the hype cycle where, when you place headsets on people and gently guide them to turn around to gain a full view, they tend to gasp and say, “Oh, wow.” So imagine how your students would respond if, in that next geography lesson, instead of handing them a flat map of Peru, you pass out pre-loaded smartphones to each table along with a $15 Google Cardboard and ask them to pull up a walking tour that places them in Machu Picchu.

Encouraging Today’s Hidden Figures In STEM (Forbes)
By Erin Hogeboom

Hidden Figures has taken not only the box office by storm, but the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education world as well. As a leading Oscar contender, it is helping to elevate the ongoing conversation surrounding women in STEM. By increasing awareness of past gender and racial inequity, Hidden Figures has sparked interest in addressing the inequities that are still present today. Studies show that female and male students actually perform equally well in mathematics and science on standardized tests, but larger gaps exist between students of different racial and ethnic backgrounds or family income.

Why my students are real world-ready with nothing but a device (eSchool News)
By Anthony Johnson

My paperless, real-world classroom uses just an iPad, software, and the internet; and my fourth- and fifth-graders are thriving.

Just as few modern-day workers could function in their jobs without a cellphone, a laptop, or periodic trips to Google, I want my students to learn how to solve problems using devices that will likely be similar to ones they will encounter for the rest of their lives.

I strongly believe in the power of technology to transform learning and the lives of my students. In fact, I’m not sure where my classroom would be without it. My school is fortunate enough to have gone 1:1 with iPads, and I challenge my students to use their devices in every lesson, every project, and every experience we share as a class.

3 Ways to Deploy 3000 Devices in Your District (EdSurge)

I recently heard a teacher describe the change in education over the past decade as this: a shift in focus from teaching (the delivery of content and curriculum) to learning (what students actually know and can do).

This is incredibly challenging work. Creating a strong learning culture with student-centered classrooms takes intentionality, vulnerability, and unceasing dedication. And it requires more than just individual effort; it depends on resources and central office support. So what does that support look like, particularly in a more traditional public school district?

The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs (The Edvocate)
By Matthew Lynch

If you’re a teacher, or teaching assistant there are plenty of great blogs out there to help you with everything from coming up with teaching plans, to implementing technology in the classroom. Where to start though? The internet is crowded with blogs. We decided to go through some of them for you, so that you can find the blog(s) covering the topics you’re looking for and be sure it’s quality content.

Project-based learning in kindergarten can set stage for college and career (Education Dive)

Dive Insight: The Partnership for 21st Century Learning emphasizes instruction based on the four Cs: collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. Katherine Smith Elementary School, in Gomez’s district, became a P21 exemplar school for its work with project-based learning. Education fads come and go, but Principal Aaron Brengard said those skills are ones that he knows students will need in life no matter what changes about education or the economy.

Mark Cuban Says This Will Soon Be the Most Sought-After Job Skill (Inc.)

By Betsey Minkel

When Mark Cuban speaks, people listen. The billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality has a slew of wildly successful businesses under his belt. Whether he’s commenting on the recent Time Warner and AT&T merger, recommending books for entrepreneurs, or sounding off about the 45th president, the internet hangs on Cuban’s every last word.

Now his latest prediction about the future of jobs is picking up steam. In a recent interview with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg TV, Cuban presented an interesting argument against people pursuing so-hot-right-now computer science degrees or attending learn-to-code bootcamps.

Flipped learning takes a big step forward (eSchool News)

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI), a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders introduced its inaugural cadre of enterprise mission partners.

The companies presented have agreed to support the latest research-based standards, and evolving global best practices in flipped learning. Enterprise mission partners have also signed on to closely collaborate with FLGI Research Fellows, FLGI Master Teachers and the broader flipped learning global community to accelerate the adoption of flipped learning around the world.

Student-Run Tech Initiatives Can Empower and Ready Them for the Future (EdTech Magazine)
By Meghan Bogardus Cortez

When Creekside Middle School in Patterson, Calif. rolled out over 1,000 Google Chromebooks in the fall of 2015, teachers received many professional development sessions to learn how to better implement technology in the classroom.

After seeing the effects of the training, students began asking if they too could attend PD to sharpen their skills. Their former principal, Kerry McWilliams, said yes, but only if the students themselves conducted it for their peers.

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