DEN Trend Report: 1/14/15

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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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New federal guidelines highlight civil rights of English language learners (The Washington Post)

There are about 5 million English-language learners in the United States, or about 9 percent of all public school students, and the number is increasing. So, too, are the number of civil rights complaints concerning English learners, according to the Education Department, while national test scores and other data show a persistent achievement gap between native English speakers and those learning English as a second language.

Finding the Right Fit for Ed-Tech in Early Years (Education Week)

“It behooves all of us to better understand how technology is being used, what is the content children are seeing on the screen, and how that is integrated into what they are supposed to be learning,” Ms. Guernsey said.
The software and app market, for example, has exploded in recent years. Digital math tools for young learners are evolving from quiz-based apps and games to digital environments that require children to solve real-life problems. Literacy tools are moving from online libraries to diagnostic programs that assess students’ reading levels and provide targeted lessons and materials. A growing number of apps and software programs aim to address young children’s “social-emotional” learning.

Obama Plan Would Help Many Go to Community College Free (The New York Times)

President Obama said Thursday that he would propose a government program to make community college tuition-free for millions of students, an ambitious plan that would expand educational opportunities across the United States.
The initiative, which the president plans to officially announce Friday at a Tennessee community college, aims to transform publicly financed higher education in an effort to address growing income inequality.

Silicon Valley Turns Its Eye to Education (The New York Times)

The education technology business is chock-full of fledgling companies whose innovative ideas have not yet proved effective — or profitable. But that is not slowing investors, who are pouring money into ventures as diverse as free classroom-management apps for teachers and foreign language lessons for adult learners.

5 math achievement takeaways from Discovery expert panel (Education Dive)

On hand were Google Chief Innovation Evangelist Michele Weslander Quaid, McDaniel College Professor of Education and Common Core co-author Dr. Francis “Skip” Fennell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Portia Wu, Mooresville (NC) Graded School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards, and actress and best-selling author Danica McKellar.
Here are five key takeaways:
Districts must be “determined, resilient, and focused”
Students shouldn’t be told they won’t use certain math in the “real world”
Educators must feel like it’s safe to try new approaches
Effectively teaching math is critical for the jobs of the future
The math achievement gap with female and minority students is critical

Meet The Classroom Of The Future (NPR)

The classroom of the future probably won’t be led by a robot with arms and legs, but it may be guided by a digital brain. It may look like this: one room, about the size of a basketball court; more than 100 students, all plugged into a laptop; and 15 teachers and teaching assistants.




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  1. Sarah said:

    Finding the right fit for Ed-Tech in the Early Years caught my eye. I totally agree that we have to be careful here. Important to use technology in ways that embellish and improve upon what we are already teaching. Tech should not just replace traditional classroom activities. Spending too much time on screens does not help kids develop motor skills or solve problems in 3-dimensions!

  2. Stephanie said:

    I read the article about finding the right fit for the early years. I agree that it is important to begin integrating these tools as soon as possible . This gives students opportunities to explore and become familiar before they begin producing independently with these tools. As the article mentions it also allows them to develop appropriate tech habits.

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