DEN Trend: 5/6/15

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U.S. Students Stagnate in Social Studies (Wall Street Journal)
By Caroline Porter
U.S. middle-school students’ performance on social studies didn’t improve much between 2010 and 2014, federal test scores released Wednesday show, underscoring concerns about an uninformed citizenry and workforce.

Education Tech Funding Soars — But Is It Working in the Classroom? (Fortune)
By Mark Koba
Technology has captured the American education system. As it does, the money keeps flowing in — and so do questions about its impact.
From iPads in kindergarten to virtual classrooms in high schools to online graduate degrees, technology has captured the American education system. As it does, the money keeps flowing in — and so do questions about its impact.

Five of The Best Apps That Help Teachers Communicate With Parents (The Guardian, UK)
By Nicole Ponsford
It’s vital that teachers make sure those at home – be they parents or carers – are aware of what goes on in the classroom.
I learned a lot about parental engagement in my job as a school improvement coach and member of the senior leadership team. As an edtech writer I often look at this issue from a digital perspective too. Millions of conversations on everything from behaviour to bullying are now happening online.
Kids teaching robots: Is this the future of education? (The Hechinger Report)
By Chris Berdik
What do a precocious computer elf, a math-loving avatar and a robot with terrible handwriting have in common? They’re all digital spins on the educational theory of learning-by-teaching.

4 Digital Learning Developments (eSchool News)
By Laura Devaney
Fifty-eight percent of high school students in a national survey said they use their own mobile devices for learning in school, and 47 percent of teachers in the survey reported that their students have regular access to mobile devices in their classrooms.

Teachers Without Mentors Leave the Profession Much Faster, Study Finds (Education Week)
By Ross Brenneman
A lot of research has examined teacher attrition and retention, but even still, findings can be inconsistent or narrow. A new federal report out today tries to address shortcomings in teacher retention research.

Bennett Middle School Student Steps in and Makes President Laugh (WBOC-TV, Md.)
By Maxine Bentzel
SALISBURY, Md. – A 6th grader, Osman Yahya from Bennett Middle School in Salisbury scored the interview of a life-time last week.  12-year-old Yahya interviewed President Obama Thursday in Washington D.C.
The event was hosted by “Discovery Education.” When an audience member asked President Obama how to overcome writer’s block, Yahya stepped in a few moments later telling the President it was time to move on which garnered plenty of laughs from President Obama and the live audience, that very moment has gone viral.

A For-Profit School Startup Where Kids Are Beta Testers (NPR)
By Anya Kamenetz
At first glance, the warehouse in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood could be the headquarters of any well-funded startup: exposed concrete, natural light, lots of Macbooks. Then you spot the 12- and 13-year-olds doing yoga in a glass-walled conference room.
It’s a tech company, but it’s also a private, for-profit middle school: a unique, hybrid venture called AltSchool.

Most Americans Think Public School Teachers Are Underappreciated And Underpaid (The Huffington Post)
By Rebecca Klein
Most Americans agree that public school teachers should get paid more money and treated with more respect, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.
In light of National Teacher Appreciation Week this week, The Huffington Post, in collaboration with YouGov, conducted a nationally representative poll on the topic of teacher appreciation. The survey results suggest most Americans think teachers deserve a week dedicated to appreciating them, if only because this group does not get enough respect the other 51 weeks of the year.

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