DEN Trend Report: 8/5/15

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Teaching Preschoolers To Use Computers — Along With Their Parents (The Hechinger Report)
By Chris Berdik
A program to help low-income parents learn alongside their children in the hope that they will encourage more productive screen time
BOSTON — The library in Boston’s Haynes Early Education Center is a bright, cheery space filled with well-stocked bookcases, tables ringed by small wooden chairs, art supplies, cushions for story time and dozens of laminated vocabulary words strung below an oversized paper alphabet. But one of the most important learning tools here is a small gray box lit by a blinking green LED, perched well above kid-height on a yellow wall by the door. It’s the Wi-Fi transponder that brings broadband Internet to the fingertips of about 175 small children — preschool through first-grade, mostly from low-income African American and Hispanic families.

Could Small Tweaks Reap Big Rewards In Math Education? (The Boston Globe)
By Kevin Hartnett
Math education in the United States is a subject of constant anxiety. Our country’s future feels imperiled when our students land in the middle of the pack on international standardized tests, behind many Asian countries, most of Western Europe, and the likes of Slovenia and Latvia. There’s also personal angst, each time a kid throws down his pencil and concludes he’s just not meant for arithmetic.

Digital Literacy Yields Test Gains, Better Behavior (District Administration)
By Alison DeNisco
Test scores have improved and online bullying incidents have been virtually eliminated at a California school that added weekly digital literacy instruction to its curriculum five years ago.
In response to an online bullying incident in 2010, parent Diana Garber and Journey School, a public K8 charter with 400 students in California’s Capistrano USD, created the Cyber Civics curriculum for the middle school grades.
In the first two years after implementing Cyber Civics, the school’s Academic Performance Index score grew from 766 to 878—the highest in the school’s history, says Shaheer Faltas, the charter’s outgoing executive director. Only three incidents of poor digital behavior or online bullying have been reported since 2010, and none have occurred in the last two years, he adds.

The Toughest Job In Education? Maybe Not (NPR)
By Steve Drummond
It’s been a theory of mine that the assistant principal has the toughest job in education.
I got that idea a long time ago, when I was a student teacher at a middle school.
It seemed the assistant principal’s job goes something like this:
She’s on duty well before the school day starts with a walkie-talkie on her belt, making sure the buses arrive on time and that the drop-off lane is running smoothly. Then, once the bell rings, she sits in a tiny office, dealing mostly with discipline: playground scuffles, lunchroom infractions and the occasional serious problem, like a knife in the backpack. Bullying. Drugs. A mixture of traffic cop and county judge: calling the parents here, a three-day suspension there, letting others off with a stern warning.

‘Flipped Museum’ Pilot Upends Traditional Field Trip Model (Education Week)
By Sara Gilgore
The “flipped learning” movement is spreading—and not just in classrooms.
The North Carolina Museum of Art has developed a pilot program modeled after a flipped classroom, in which the traditional instructional approach is reversed.

Homework Might Be Routine, But Tech Can Make It Meaningful (The Guardian)
By Tricia Kelleher
Homework – the lot of schoolchildren across the ages. In the minds of many adults, there is a correlation between the amount of homework set and the progress made. Work is given, completed, marked and returned, providing a comfort blanket of visibly “doing something”.
But pressure from the Department for Education and Ofsted can mean that homework is caught up in broader issues of school improvement and data; there is certainly little time to think imaginatively about it. But what if we could? What if we had tools that could change the dynamic of learning beyond the classroom?

5 Ways The Tech Industry Is Reshaping The Education System As We Know It (Huffington Post)
Education is experiencing a tech revolution. Chalkboards have been replaced by smartboards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for parents with a secure login. Tech has even infiltrated the classroom with tablets and video conferencing enhancing student engagement and creating more opportunities for remote learning.


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