DEN Trend Report: 5/27/15

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Teaching The Teachers, 140 Characters At A Time (Medium)
By Molly Robbins
The “Twitter-verse” has dramatically altered how 236 million social media users communicate, vent, consume real-time news, raise awareness of special causes, and?—?of course?—?pass on plenty of useless information.

Does Google Help Students Learn (or Just Think They Do?) (Education Week)
By Sarah D. Sparks
There’s no question that in the era of the smartphone, the Internet has become a go-to place to find out something in a hurry, but does “outsourcing your memory” actually help students learn new concepts, or does it just make people think they are smarter than they are?

New Report Shares Personalized Learning Guidance (T.H.E. Journal)
By Dian Schaffhauser
A new report, “Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning Summit: Findings & Recommendations to Accelerate Implementation,” is a 32-page cookbook for using technology to personalize education. The recipes are based on what was shared at a 2014 summit hosted by North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Among the essential ingredients: the right usage of data, content and curriculum, research and development, human capacity and technology architecture.

Learning Career Skills In High School (The Wall Street Journal)
By Leslie Brody
Studying disaster prevention and recovery might seem like a niche theme for a new high school. But the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management in lower Manhattan reflects a growing brand of “career and technical” education, which aims to marry academic rigor with practical know-how, leading to middle-class jobs.

Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works (New York Times)
Claire Cain Miller
When Sonja Khan started college, she’d never thought of studying computer science. But when she heard from friends that the intro class was good, she decided to give it a try — and then ended up majoring in it.
Ms. Khan’s story reads like a dream for universities and technology companies — where only about 15 percent of computer science graduates and technical workers are women. The industry has been under pressure to recruit more. The difficult question, though, is how to encourage more women on paths like Ms. Khan’s.

‘Non-Threatening Environment’ for Instructors Key to BYOD Success (Education Dive)
By Allie Gross
Dive Brief:
· With more schools implement “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) programs, eSchool News caught up with Houston Independent School District CTIO Lenny Schad for some tips on successful implementations
·  Among Schad’s suggestions: creating a “non-threatening environment” that lets instructors feel comfortable with the change to BYOD and installing a wireless access point in every classroom.

What Happens When You Ask Fifth Graders to Solve a Big Life Problem? A Little Bit of Genius. (Entrepreneur)
By Laura Entis
The clock strikes the hour and, on cue, around 60 fifth graders stream into the school’s sunny auditorium. It’s Friday, May 8, the culmination of Big Idea Week, during which mentors from local tech companies collaborate with elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens to teach students about entrepreneurship, STEM and 21st-century careers. For the last four days, the fifth graders at P.S. 307 have worked with mentors from Etsy, Facebook, ScriptEd and Flocabulary to develop their own ‘Big Ideas.’

Leveraging social media for community engagement and professional learning (Principal Leadership)
By Steve Dembo

Education Apps Open Next Frontier for Teacher PD (District Administration)
By Alison DeNisco
A new wave of apps connects teachers with mobile access to professional development and expands opportunities for collaboration with mentors and peers.


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  1. A Cassity said:

    Keeping this to read later…time for lunch…nice articles…looking forward to fascinating reading this evening.

  2. Dana said:

    I love the idea of teacher PD apps and being able to do flipped learning for teachers too. Thanks DE for sharing these articles.

  3. Brenda McCombs said:

    I enjoyed reading about the Twitterverse but really dug into the article about What Happens when you ask 5th graders to solve a problem. It had a link to Gen Y vs. Gen Z that I found fascinating. I’m glad that some colleges and tech companies are making internships available to high school students. I was disappointed that Microsoft limits theirs to students in their geographical area. With Microsoft offices around the world, you’d think they could be more expansive….or even put their money where their mouth is and host internships ONLINE. Yeah.

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