DEN Trend Report: 3/4/15

DEN Trend Report FeaturedLooking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!? Here’s a recap of this week’s news.
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50 Awesome Apps for Teachers (Scholastic)
By Catherine Logue
These days, all you need to take your class on the adventure of a lifetime is a fabulous app—or two, or three, or 50. To find out how teachers around the country are using apps to transform the classroom experience, we polled our Scholastic Teachers Facebook community, reached out to our advisers, and connected with education bloggers. The responses prove that there are incredible apps for every occasion, from reinforcing lessons to communicating with parents. Here are 50 of our favorites.

What Next for the Grammar School? (BBC News)
By Sanchia Berg
The issue of grammar schools remains a hardy perennial in the education debate and an increasing focus for parties in the run-up to the general election.

U.S. Education Dept issues student data guidance (Education Dive)
By Allie Gross
Protecting student data has become a much bigger issue as the educational marketplace continues to expand. And while the education department’s guidelines are primarily meant to help schools understand what companies are doing, it’s promising to see companies are simultaneously taking steps to be more transparent.

Half of K-12 Students to Have Access to 1-to-1 Computing by 2015-16 (Education Week)
By Michele Molnar
By the next academic year, mobile devices will be available for 1-to-1 computing for half of the U.S. K-12 student and teacher population, according to Futuresource Consulting Ltd, a U.K.-based research and forecasting company.

10 Best Websites for English Teachers (South to Southwest, Fla.)
Teachers know there is a ton of stuff out there on the internet we can use in our classrooms.  But it’s a bit like trying to drink from a firehose (a metaphor my old school used all the time which is now permanently etched in my brain). You can spend your entire planning period falling down the rabbit hole of educational sites on the web.  Plus, I tend to use a site once and forget all about it.   Occasionally, if I really really like a site, I’ll give up some of my precious Favorites Bar space to bookmark it.  Those are the sites I find myself going back to again and again.

Honing the Tools of Teacher Leadership: Teamwork and Creativity (Education Week)
By Katrina Boon
This year has been all about the gospel of teacher leadership. This is the good news—teachers are capable of investing in our students inside and outside the classroom, and we are the most well-equipped professionals to address some of the issues threatening the  future of education in our country. Teacher leaders have, of course, always existed, but historically, districts haven’t done a great job of creating effective structures or systems for teachers to impact their schools on a large scale.

STEM Workforce No More Diverse than 14 Years Ago (U.S. News and World Report)
By Allie Bidwell
Despite a national focus on directing more students toward science, technology, engineering and math fields – particularly women and minorities – the STEM workforce is no more diverse now than in 2001, according to data from Change the Equation.


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