DEN Trend Report: 6/10/15

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Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach (Education Week)
By Benjamin Herold
Student-centered, technology-driven instruction remains elusive for most
Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content. And nearly three-fourths of high school students now say they regularly use a smartphone or tablet in the classroom.

Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom (The New York Times)
By Motoko Rich
PASADENA, Md. — Mucking around with sand and water. Playing Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. Cooking pretend meals in a child-size kitchen. Dancing on the rug, building with blocks and painting on easels.
Call it Kindergarten 2.0.
Concerned that kindergarten has become overly academic in recent years, this suburban school district south of Baltimore is introducing a new curriculum in the fall for 5-year-olds. Chief among its features is a most old-fashioned concept: play.

Student Poverty, Lack Of Parental Involvement Cited As Teacher Concerns (The Washington Post)
By Lyndsey Layton

Teachers who responded to the poll said they were spending about 20 percent of their time helping students resolve non-academic problems that stem from their lives outside school.

How To Use Digital Media To Build Relationships With Families (Innovate My School)
By Nicole Ponsford
Imagine this scenario: You wear a wristwatch-like device to track the number of miles you walk; you monitor each day’s progress and sync the data to your smartphone and computer. You watch your favourite TV shows on your tablet, whenever you can catch a few minutes. You keep up with your friends near and far using Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? (NPR)
By Anya Kamenetz
More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics. But no one agrees on what to call that “stuff”.

Why Do We Separate The Teacher From The Tech? (ASCD, Va.)
By Tom Whitby
We are often bombarded with many posts and articles about the successes and failures of technology in education. Too often these assessments are based upon the technology as if it were the only factor having any effect on the students in the classroom. Of course this overlooks something that has been pounded into educators’ heads for years: The greatest influence on students in the classroom is the teacher. That holds true with or without technology in the classroom.

‘Tweeting Could Help Children Focus In Class,’ Study Says (The Telegraph, UK)
By Javier Espinoza
Tweeting and texting in class could help children concentrate and engage with subject better, an academic study has found.

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