DEN Trend Report: 9/17/14

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The Death of the Classroom As We Know It (CNBC)
“…with the pace of change accelerating in virtually every discipline, he said, “the classroom has to be about more than delivering information—a place where children come together in a group and solve problems in an interdisciplinary way.”

A Surprising Benefit of the Common Core: Really Cool Video Games (The Atlantic)
Coming Soon to a Kindergarten Near You: Google (CNBC)
“Google, the world’s largest Internet company by market value, is in the early days of its next big bet. The company is providing any school, from kindergarten through college, with a hub for online learning and classroom management that wraps in Google’s suite of Web products, including Gmail, documents and spreadsheets, presentation tools and cloud storage.”

Schools Move Toward ‘Bring Your Own Device’ Policies to Boost Student Tech Use (Washington Post)
“His iPhone is on his desk, out in the open, and Joshua Perez’s teacher does not take it away. Instead, she asks the eighth-grader and his classmates in honors geometry at Argyle Magnet Middle School to Google the words “vertex form parabola.” In seconds, Joshua finds what he needs for the day’s lesson and homework.”

U.S. Schools Get Low Marks from Chamber of Commerce (Wall Street Journal)
“While our education system needs to do better, it would not be able to do so unless the business community plays a stronger role both in setting standards for what young people should be learning [at a more specialized level] but also in creating the opportunity for them to get on-the-job experiences,” said Andy Van Kleunen, executive director of the National Skills Coalition, a nonprofit focused on workforce issues. “Local business still has to be a player in shaping education at the local level.”

Taking Classroom Tech Use to the Next Level: Specific Traits to Look For (KQED Mind Shift)
“She and her colleagues are trying to codify specific traits that coaches can look for to determine if technology in the classroom is having the transformational impact that many hope it will. “What we’re finding is that there’s really nothing that’s helpful for moving a system in terms of knowing where am I at and where am I trying to go,” Graber said during the ISTE session.”

Report: Technology Benefits At-Risk Students (EdSource)
“Through the use of technology, students see content in many forms as it comes alive with maps, videos, hyperlinks to definitions, additional content and more,” according to the report, Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning, released Wednesday by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). “Well-designed interactive programs allow students to see and explore concepts from different angles using a variety of representations.”

Arne Duncan Makes Pitch for More STEM Teachers, New Classroom Technology (Education Week)
“I think some of the stereotypes—I’m good at this, I’m not good at this, girls don’t do that—I think we need to break through that mentality, break through that mind set,” Duncan said. “Part of the challenge is that we don’t have enough teachers who love the STEM field and who are passionate about it.”

Principals Aren’t Tapping Teacher-Effectiveness Data, Says Study (Education Week)
“There has been much less attention [paid] to teacher effectiveness data for talent-management decisions. It’s really important to widen the discussion of how school leaders can use data for school improvement, and we found a number of consistent barriers to why principals are not using the data or are not able to use the data,”

How Do Students Feel About Going Mobile? (eSchool News)
“Ninety percent of students in grades 4-12 said they believe tablets will change the way future students learn, and 89 percent said that using tablets makes learning more fun, according to a new study of more than 2,250 students from Pearson and Harris Poll.”

The Huge Problem With Professional Development for Teachers (The Washington Post)
To be transformative, strategic professional development needs to be 50 hours or more plus less formal and ongoing interaction and peer engagement to refine skills and model successes. It must also be tailored by subject, grade level and type of student.

There aren’t enough teachers with coding skills (Marketplace)
“We all knew that our students needed the skills, but none of us knew how to tackle the challenge,” he says. “So we started teaching ourselves as we teach our students. Not because that’s the ideal situation, but because it is the only way.”

Project Based Learning Moves into Classrooms (eSchool News)
When it comes to classrooms today, students want more than the lectures and quiet classrooms of the past. They want technology to use as learning tools, they want to collaborate, and they want to work on projects that are relevant to their learning and the real world.

Bringing Twitter to the Classroom (The Atlantic)
“But now, picture a computer screen covered in hashtags and “at” signs—#shakespeare and @3rdperiodenglish. Lively debate and direct quotes continue to fill the threads four hours after school has ended. Students upload pictures of their annotated texts and ask their classmates to help them understand the nuances of iambic pentameter.”



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