DEN Trend Report: 8/26/15

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Should Students Learn Coding? Students, Schools Disagree, Poll Finds (USA Today)
By Marco della Cava
SAN FRANCISCO – Parents across the U.S. are eager for their children to learn coding and other computer science skills, but their message hasn’t yet hit the in-box of school administrators.
That’s the finding of a new Gallup study commissioned by Google that spotlights a potentially perilous economic disconnect as tech companies struggle to enlarge their engineering talent pools.

States Gaining A Say On School Accountability (Education Week)
By Alyson Klein and Andrew Ujifusa
Whether a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act makes it over the finish line this year, the federally driven accountability system at the heart of the law seems destined to go the way of the Blockbuster video.

It’s Time To Ask How E-Rate Will Impact Learning Outcomes (eSchool News)
By Jeff Patterson
With E-rate reformed, educators must consider new learning-centered questions
E-rate, officially known as the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, was created to provide schools and libraries with an affordable way to obtain telecommunications, internet access and internet-related services.

PD Tips: Behind The Discovery Educator Network (Education World)
Having a strong professional learning network is an important part of being an educator. Being able to share and receive advice, lesson plans, or just friendly banter among peers is an essential part of teaching. For this reason, many online communities exist to serve this purpose. Education World takes a look at the Discovery Educator Network (DEN,)a global network that also provides annual virtual and in-person conferences for teachers all over to convene.

Three Ways Software Is Empowering Teachers (Gates Notes)
By Bill Gates
Forty years ago, Paul Allen and I started Microsoft because we wanted to help everybody get as much out of computers as we did. Back then, only big business had access, and we thought millions of people would benefit from having that kind of power at their fingertips. Since then, the personal computer, software, and the Internet have revolutionized every aspect of life in the United States—almost.

8 Little-Known Video Resources Popular With Teachers (eSchool News)
By Laura Devaney
OpenEd compiled this list of resources after reviewing teacher video use
The use of video in education is growing by leaps and bounds. Videos are used in classrooms to support student learning, they play a critical role in flipped learning, and they also figure prominently in teacher professional development.

Tukwila’s Schools: The Nation’s ‘STEAM’ Engine For Jobs Of The Future (Tukwila Reporter, Wash.)
By Dean Radford
Tukwila’s schools want to lead the nation in getting their students ready for careers of the future in the sciences, engineering and technology.
And those jobs are not just reflected in that oft-heard education and career acronym, STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. Tukwila adds an A for the Arts. So here, it’s STEAM, not STEM.

Ed. Department Aims To Accelerate Ed-Tech Evaluations (Education Week)
By Michele Molnar
The Department of Education is asking for bids to design a prototype system to quickly evaluate ed-tech in K-12 schools, in hopes of making it easier for educators to figure out what works in products they purchase with federal funding.

Kids Receive 3 Times The Recommended Homework Load, Study Says (TIME)
By Justin Worland
First graders are getting way too much homework
Elementary school children often receive far more homework than recommended by a leading education group, according to new research. The study, published in the American Journal of Family Therapy, found that the average first and second grader had three times the recommended homework load.

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