DEN Trend Report: June 17, 2015

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Districts Turn ‘BYOD’ Disorder to Their Advantage (Education Week)
By Sean Cavanagh

Flexibility sought in dealing with sea of devices. By their very nature, bring-your-own-device programs can be messy. Students roll into class with a hodgepodge of laptops, tablets, and smartphones of various brands and vintages—or without any devices at all. It’s up to teachers and administrators to figure out how to manage the technology mishmash.

Report: Latest Word on Optimal Length for Education Videos (THE Journal)
By Dian Schaffhauser
While video usage is growing in the classroom, it’s far from pervasive. Less than a quarter of schools and colleges report that more than half of their educators regularly incorporate video in their classes. In K-12, the most common use case is video shown in the classroom (88 percent), followed by use in student assignments (66 percent) and supplementary course material (60 percent). The biggest growth has happened in library media collections, which grew in use from 36 percent in 2014 to 54 percent in 2015.

Changing The Education Equation: How Tech Is Building A Global Learning Environment (Forbes)
By Emily Inverso

Ninety-five percent of eighth graders, regardless of race, income or other factors, say they plan to go to college. “We know, four years later, only 37% actually graduate really ready to succeed in college.”

When The Internet Is The Teacher (eSchool News)
By Michael Godsey
A push for a more digital education leads to questions about where, exactly, the teaching profession is heading
There’s a new network of K-8 private schools called AltSchool, based in San Francisco and soon expanding to Brooklyn, N.Y., and Palo Alto, Calif. From that tiny amount of information — the name, the locations — you can probably guess that AltSchool is trying to modernize education for the digital age. At AltSchool, according to NPR, every student “has a laptop or a tablet, and they spend about 30 percent of their day on their devices, completing what are called playlists.”

If You Can Google It, Why Teach It? (eSchool News)
By Carla Bluhm and Kevin Mobbs
With Google in the classroom, teachers should reimagine lessons

The point is, of course, that you probably can Google every single concept you currently teach and your students know this well. An added challenge is to grapple with the informal course designs that are popping up all over the net. We might reference this phenomenon as “kitchen table” pedagogy. These home-based “course designers” are challenging in ways that most academics have not even begun to consider; that is, their value, and perhaps the edge, they may have over other forms of transmitting traditionally taught academic information.

Report: 6 Of 10 Millennials Have ‘Low’ Technology Skills (The Journal, Calif.)
By Dian Schaffhauser
Digital natives aren’t as tech-savvy as they think they are — at least, not according to their bosses. American millennials (those between the ages of 16 and 34) may be the first generation that grew up with computers and Internet access, but all that time spent glued to a small screen hasn’t translated to technology competence. While they spend an average of 35 hours every week on digital media, nearly six out of 10 millennials can’t do basic tasks such as sorting, searching for and emailing data from a spreadsheet.
Give Children Ipads From Birth- They’re Better Than Books, Says Scientists (The Independent)
By Aftab Ali
Children with tablets ‘show better signs of development’ than with books
Parents should give their children iPads almost as soon as they are born, according to scientists.

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