DEN Trend Report: 9/11/17

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.

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)
(EdSurge) By Meghan Bogardus

The latest buzzword in U.S. public education these days is personalized learning.

Depending on whom you ask, the term refers to a model, a strategy, a plan, or just plain old good instruction. Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. Personalized learning is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. It is either impossible without technology or requires no technology at all. For anyone seeking to label an ideal education experience or garner support for a new initiative, personalized learning provides the answer.

21st Century Show-and-Tell
(EdTech Digest) By Ryan Eash
Incorporating technology into the classroom can set the foundation for greater student and instructor success, especially in online or blended learning environments. However, technology should not play the leading role in education. As an instructor, you should not use technology just for the sake of using it. It should be implemented only when the technology will provide clear benefits for both instructors and students.

So, let’s discuss: what types of technology should be used in higher education? To help improve students’ comprehension of a topic or concept, visual communication is key. Visuals have been found to improve learning by up to 400 percent. Fortunately, there are a variety of available tech tools that enable instructors to communicate quickly and visually with students.

The 2 stages of successful early STEM education
(eSchool News) By Kristen Fudale

I have been in education for 18 years and my strongest belief is that all children deserve a fresh start when they begin each school year. My classroom is a safe environment where students feel it’s acceptable to try, even if they’re not going to be successful the first time–and that certainly applies to STEM education.

3 tips for maximizing your PLC participation during the new school year
(eSchool News)
By Lance Rougeux

While educators seem predisposed to worrying about the needs of others before they address their own needs, now is the time to be selfish about personal growth.

For educators across the country, it’s time to get back at it. Summer is over, and if we are not yet back in school teaching, we are sorting through class rosters, getting our first week planned, and tying up the hundreds of loose ends that need to be addressed before we welcome our students back to school.

Technology Trends Reshape Today’s Libraries
(EdTech) By Wendy McMahon

School libraries across the country are changing drastically to accommodate the new tech-infused needs of students.

Driving these changes are trends like makerspaces, flexible learning commons and the flexible furniture needed to accommodate it all, reports Technavio.

In these new future-focused libraries, students sip lattes while they do research in café-styled spaces, collaborate on group projects in glass-walled study rooms and move flexible furniture to suit their group and project needs.

Students also use green screens, conferencing technology, virtual reality tools and a host of other technology tools designed to support collaboration, creativity, innovation and more.

Setting a vision key to district success on new initiatives, solutions
(Education Dive)

Hodges’ core underlying point of detailing the role every individual in a district plays in its success is an important one for administrators to bear in mind. While classroom educators have the most hands-on role in helping students reach their potential, it’s necessary to engage everyone from district administrators to cafeteria workers, bus drivers and janitors in shaping school culture while imparting important social lessons for students.

(Getting Smart) Dr. Julie Marshall

The continuing technological revolution has impacted all facets of our professional and personal lives. Similarly, the field of education has experienced amazing advancements in the tools and methods teachers employ to help students learn and grow.

Gone are dusty old chalkboards. Computers have supplanted typewriters. Microsoft Word has eliminated the need for whiteout. Google and Lexis Nexus are now as common in school libraries as the Dewey Decimal System. Power Point presentations have replaced overhead projectors and transparencies. iPads and Chrome Books are revolutionizing learning.

 

 

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