DEN Trend Report: 6/24/15

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5 Devices For K–12 One-To-One Initiatives (EdTech Magazine)

By Steve Zurier
Five districts weigh in on the devices they deployed as part of their one-to-one initiatives.
Texas’s Leander Independent School District started down the one-to-one computing path by talking first to curriculum staff and teachers to learn more about the tools their students needed for more effective and engaging digital learning.

When School’s Out, Millions Of Kids Go Hungry (District Administration)
By Ariana Fine
No more teachers. No more books. No more free lunch.
A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit.
Fewer than 4 million kids — or just 18% of those in the school lunch program — are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer food program. While that’s a record number for the 40-year-old initiative, many advocates and government officials say more needs to be done.

Survey: 93 Percent of Teachers Believe That Personal Devices Connect Students to Real-World Learning (T.H.E. Journal)
By Christopher Piehler
A recent national survey from University of Phoenix College of Education found that 93 percent of K-12 teachers believe that personal tech devices can link classroom learning to real-world activities, and 89 percent expect they will be used in most classrooms in the next five years. The survey of more than 1,000 K-12 teachers from around the country was conducted online by Harris Poll.

New Bill Would Support Innovative Internet Pilots For Students (eSchool News)
By Laura Devaney
Students would receive more opportunity to connect to the internet after school under proposed legislation
New legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms.

Inspired By Serial, Teens Create Podcasts As A Final Exam (KQED)
By Linda Flanagan
In the months leading up to the final exam, 10th grade teacher Alexa Schlechter struggled. She’s an English teacher — an educator of stories told through the written word. But instead of focusing solely on classic books read in the 10th grade, she and her students at Norwalk High School in Connecticut were immersed in a teenage story about murder, set in the 1990s, detailed in blog posts, communicated in audio: Serial, the hit podcast from the producers of This American Life.

Glued To The Screen: A Third Grade Class Where Kids Spend 75% Of The Day On Ipads (The Hechinger Report)
By Gail Robinson
MINEOLA, N.Y. — When the 24 third-graders in Morgan Mercaldi’s class arrive at the Jackson Avenue School every morning, they take their iPads out of their backpacks and put them on their desks. The tablets will remain there, or in hands and laps, until the children put them in their packs to take them home.

Poor Students Often Lack A Home Internet Connection. Is This FCC Program A Solution? (The Hechinger Report)
By Nichole Dobo
Changes approved to a federal program could bridge the “homework gap,” as the missing online connection is dubbed
The hunt for after-school Internet connections needed to do homework might soon be over for some of the nation’s poorest students.

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