DEN Trend Report: 3/25/15

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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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The 10 questions to ask before you start your one-to-one program (eSchool News)
By Stephen Noonoo
When preparing for one-to-one programs, schools today spend too much time thinking about the device and not enough time on why they’re launching a one-to-one program in the first place.

Digital Footprints, Digital Safety, and Monica Lewinsky (The Maker Mom)
Teaching cybersafety to kids; free digital citizenship lessons. A few weeks ago I had a conversation about cybersafety, cybersecurity and cyberethics in relation to Think Before You Link, a new joint program from Discovery Education and Intel Security. The free program offers modules for parents, students and teachers to help raise cybersmart kids. Digital citizenship is a key part of today’s education. I’ve shared my thoughts about things like classroom selfies and this past weekend I came across two items that got me thinking deep thoughts about our role as cyber citizens.

 FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Over $240 Million in New STEM Commitments at the 2015 White House Science Fair (
WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama will host the 2015 White House Science Fair today to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. As part of the Fair, President Obama will announce over $240 million in new private-sector commitments to inspire and prepare more girls and boys – especially those from underrepresented groups – to excel in the STEM fields. With the commitments being made today, the President’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign has resulted in over $1 billion in financial and in-kind support for STEM programs.

‘Education Innovation Clusters’ Aim to Improve Schools (Education Week)
By Michele Molnar
“Education innovation clusters”—regional partnerships among school districts, research organizations, private companies, and other groups to improve schools—are evolving in cities and regions around the world, but so far their work has been mostly insular, seldom shared beyond a local geography.

New Principles Aim to Guide Use, Safety of Student Data (Education Week)
By Benjamin Herold
A coalition of more than 30 groups has released a set of “principles for protecting and guiding the use of the personal information of America’s students” in an effort to ensure that the voices of school officials and educational-data-use proponents are heard in the increasingly polarized debates over student-data privacy.

20 Ed-Tech Leaders to Watch (eSchool News)
The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) recently announced its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2014-15.
World Economic Forum Identifies Ed-Tech Needs for 21st Century Skills (Education Week)
By Michele Molnar
Digital resources to teach and measure foundational subjects like literacy, math, and science are well represented, but ed-tech for higher-order competencies like critical thinking and problem solving, and character qualities like grit and initiative, are not adequately covered by existing education technology, the researchers found.


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