DEN Trend Report: 3/11/15

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Science Fair Project Ideas and Resources (The Teachers’ Lounge) By Brandi Jordan
Science Fair season is quickly approaching and helping your students prepare for it can be a huge undertaking.  Since so much of the project is done outside of the classroom, it is important to give students and parents resources that will help them succeed.  We have compiled a list of some great science fair project websites that help you do just that.  Feel free to print out this article and send it home with your students to get them on the road to science fair project success.

Give Girls Career Advice before the Age of 10, Says Shadow Education Secretary (The Independent) By Richard Garner
Girls should start careers lessons from the age of seven to encourage them to become more ambitious, Labour’s shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt said yesterday.
New STEM PD Program Targets Admins (eSchool News)
With a $500,000 commitment from Chevron, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has launched a new initiative to support school administrators as they work to strengthen teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

How to Tailor Online Courses to Today’s Tech-Discerning Students (eCampus News, eSchool News) By Meris Stanbury
As an educator, it’s hard to please today’s tech-savvy students with PowerPoints and lecture-on-video—but those are exactly the kinds of tools available for educators who don’t have time to learn online learning design 101. That is, until now. Coming out of beta, an online content creation platform called Versal is quickly gaining traction with educators in 59 countries interested in creating online lessons to support dynamic teaching methods, such as flipped learning, blended learning, MOOC creation, and fully online learning.
When School Leaders Empower Teachers, Better Ideas Emerge (KQED) By Katrina Schwartz
Teachers are increasingly being pushed into new roles as their ability to connect online opens up new opportunities. Educators are finding their own professional development, sharing lesson plans and teaching tips with colleagues around the world, and have often become ambassadors to the public on new approaches to teaching and learning. Easy access to information has empowered many educators to think and teach differently, but often those innovations remain isolated inside classrooms. Without a school leader who trusts his or her teachers, it is difficult to convert pockets of innovation into a school culture of empowered teachers.
What Net Neutrality Means for the Future of Education (Ed Tech Magazine) By D. Frank Smith
After months of debate and millions of public comments regarding the future of the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission established rules for net neutrality to provide an open and equitable highway for information.

A New Recipe for Digital, Mobile Learning (eSchool News)
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) on March 6 unveiled two new resources for education leaders to take the digital leap in their schools.
Launched through the organization’s Leadership for Mobile Learning (LML) initiative, CoSN has developed “A Recipe for Success” video guide and a “What is Digital Transformation” graphic that capture the most surprising and counter-intuitive lessons of best practices in school district leadership.

Blended Learning: How the Nation’s Capital Is Reinventing Its Classrooms for the Future (District Administration) By David Rose and John Rice
When the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced in 2012 the launch of an ambitious plan to transform our schools, we were all very excited, albeit a little nervous. But the plan to invest in struggling schools, and focus significant resources and attention to raise proficiency rates across the district, made our marching orders clear. Every office, in every building, in every school and administrative team now worked toward the same, very specific five goals outlined in the Chancellor’s five-year strategic plan called, A Capital Commitment. To change outcomes, we had to change inputs and explore new paths. Now more than two years in, we all do our part as we strive to become the best urban school district in the country. Our role has been launching a second to none, district-wide blended learning initiative—wedding the best of what teachers can do with the best of what technology can offer. Our journey has only just begun, but already our students are seeing some very promising results.
7 Ways to Inspire a Love of STEM in Tweens and Teens (Bloomer Advance, Wis., and Foto News, Wis.)
Middle school is an important time for tweens and teens: they are exploring new areas of study, discovering where their interests lie and developing passions into hobbies and later, careers.
Studies show that this is also a time when students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) begins to wane. Introducing middle school students with innovative spirits and passionate curiosity to the power of ideas when coupled with STEM can not only have an amazing effect on a child, but also the potential to have a lasting effect on the world.

How to Make Elementary Teachers Stronger in STEM (eSchool News) By Stephanie Noonoo
Despite renewed interest, calls for funding, and presidential appeals, true STEM integration is missing from a large number of classrooms across the country. And to hear Patty Born-Selly tell it that’s especially true at the elementary level. “Most elementary teachers when they are placed in the classroom often just don’t feel comfortable teaching STEM subjects,” said Born-Selly, who is the executive director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education, an organization embedded within Minnesota’s St. Catherine’s University (colloquially known as St. Kate’s).
A One-To-One Program Done Slowly—And Right (eSchool News) By Jennifer Welch
Dr. Steven Webb’s rise as a visionary leader in K-12 education is as much a credit to his listening skills as it is to his leadership skills. Before the board of Vancouver Public Schools adopted the strategic plan for the district’s digital transformation in 2008, they did extensive public outreach to ensure that every community in the district had an opportunity to be heard. “What’s happening at our district isn’t my vision,” remarks Webb. “It isn’t the board’s vision. It’s the community’s vision for their children.”

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