DEN Trend Report: 2/25/15

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U.S. Millennials Come Up Short in Global Skills Study (Education Week)
By Sarah D. Sparks
America’s wealthiest and best-educated young adults still lag behind their peers in other countries in the literacy, numeracy, and computer-age problem-solving skills needed to compete in the global labor market.

Digital skills should be core subjects, says report (BBC)
By Judith Burns
Computer technology brings “huge opportunities for the UK, but also significant risks”, the Lords Digital Skills Committee warns.
The internet should be viewed as a utility service, alongside water and electricity, it says.

Teachers turn themselves into “detectives” to make blended learning work (The Hechinger Report)
By Nicole Dobo
Later that day, two math teachers review every answer on these quizzes. They aren’t grading the papers. They are detectives. They’re combing through each pencil stroke, searching for clues. For each incorrect answer, they retrace the student’s steps to figure out what went wrong. Then they use this information to devise a plan so that every student gets exactly what he or she needs in the next class.

What does data tell us about how to tackle heavy teacher workloads? (The Guardian)
By Sarah Marsh
In October last year, the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, pledged to tackle excessive teacher workloads. He vowed to to stop the runaway train of bureaucracy in its tracks, “giving our teachers more time to do what they do best”.

Study: U.S. Millennials Fall Short at Problem-Solving in Tech-Rich Environments, Other Skills (THE Journal)
By Rhea Kelly
American millennials are weaker than their international peers when it comes to skills in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE) — despite having the highest levels of educational attainment of any previous generation, according to a new study from Educational Testing Service.”America’s Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future” used data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to compare young adults (ages 16-34) in the U.S. to their counterparts in other member countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Connecting to Learn: Creating Digital Opportunities for Hispanic-American Families (Huffington Post)
By Michael Levine
According to the 2010 Census, the number of Hispanic students in American schools has doubled to nearly 12.9 million since 1997. And this school year, America’s school children are represented for the first time by a “majority-minority” as the population of young Hispanic and Asian students continues to grow. This growth is largely driven by children born in the U.S., but immigrant families are having an undeniable impact on schools, as immigrant children or those who have immigrant parents often speak a language other than English at home.

Teacher Leadership Makes Inroads, But Strives for Permanency (Education Week)
By Ross Brenneman
While the concept of teacher leadership isn’t necessarily new, it has undeniably gained currency in recent months, with even the U.S. Department of Education launching a major initiative to support teachers’ role as influencers within schools.
That teacher leadership remains a stubbornly amorphous idea might make its permanence more difficult to establish. But those championing the movement see it as a necessary structural change to school systems, one that is capable of being more than a fleeting trend.

5 steps to move technology purchasing into the 21st century (eSchool News)
By John Carver
With marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Google Marketplace, AirBNB, and OpenTable, it’s quite conceivable to think purchasing educational technology for the 116,000 schools across the United States in a $12B market would be as easy as buying a toothbrush online. Point. Click. Buy.


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