DEN Trend Report: 10/1/14

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Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!?  Here’s a recap of this week’s news.
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 8 ways school leaders can support the digital transition (eSchool News)

“More than 100 educators, policymakers, and stakeholders convened for the Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era, in Washington, D.C., which featured sessions focusing on preparing teachers for digital learning environments, professional development opportunities, and supporting the digital transition from all sides…. The discussion ranged from leadership preparation programs to efforts to ensure that leadership is allowed to thrive at all levels, and a number of actionable recommendations emerged.”

Harvard-MIT Partnership Opens MOOCs for High Schoolers (Education Week)

“High school students looking to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, or simply expand their academic knowledge, now have free access to an array of classes through an online platform created by two of the nation’s top universities, in one of the most ambitious and direct efforts to date to bring MOOCs into K-12 education.”

When the digital classroom meets the parents (Marketplace Learning Curve)

“The modern classroom is packed with digital technology that can record students’ academic performance in real time, as well as keep track of their attendance, assignments and more. All that data isn’t just changing the classroom and the job of teachers. It’s changing the role of parents, who are being asked to do more to keep up and keep tabs on their kids.”

Academic Skills on Web Are Tied to Income Level (New York Times)

“Wealthier students tend to perform better on tests of reading comprehension than their poorer peers, a longstanding trend that has been documented amply. But with the Internet having become an indispensable part of daily life, a new study shows that a separate gap has emerged, with lower-income students again lagging more affluent students in their ability to find, evaluate, integrate and communicate the information they find online.”

24 New Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Totaling More Than $35 Million Awarded to Recruit, Train and Support More Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teachers (US Department of Ed)

“U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $35 million for 24 new partnerships between universities and high-need school districts that will recruit, train and support more than 11,000 teachers over the next five years—primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields—to improve student achievement.”

Teaching Parents to Help Stop the ‘Summer Slide’ (New York Times)

“When we think about increasing instructional hours, we think about extending the school day,” said Alejandro Gac-Artigas, who founded Springboard. “But another way is by increasing hours at home. The education system as a whole, though, has written off low-income parents as unable or unwilling to help their kids. We do shockingly little to capture the value of low-income parents. We treat families as liabilities rather than assets.”

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? (KQED Mindshift)

“Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.”

Deeper Learning Has Significant Impact, Study Finds (eSchool News)

“New research reveals that students who attend schools with a focus on deeper learning are more likely to graduate on time and demonstrate higher achievement and test scores, as well as an increased likelihood of college attendance. Deeper learning, as defined in the report, focuses on educational outcomes involving “a deeper understanding of core academic content, the ability to apply that understanding to novel problems and situations, and the development of a range of competencies, including people skills and self control.”

English Language Learners: California Districts Beating the Odds (Education Week)

“In a state where one in four public school students is an English-language learner, a handful of California school districts stand above their peers when it comes to helping ELLs meet academic standards, avoid becoming stuck at low to middle levels of language proficiency, and exit language-acquisition services, according to a new report.”

10 things to know about the state of tech in education (Tech Republic)

“There’s a difference between having computers in schools and teaching kids what to do with them. Tech in education is facing several key challenges. As talk of the skills gap, and whether kids should be trained for jobs or broader skillsets like digital literacy gains steam, there are problems and solutions similarly gaining and losing ground. One point of consensus seems to be that there are going to be a lot of tech-based jobs in the future, and not enough people to fill them. And the education system needs to do a better job of stepping up to help groom more future tech workers.”

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