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DEN Trend Report: 9/2/15

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From Media Specialists To Digital Literacy Leaders (AASA.org)
By Debbie T. Turner and Michele D. White

Mobile County, Ala., begins a districtwide transformation to support classrooms in effective technology use

The school media center is no longer a place where students go only to check out a book, hear a story or do a little research. Today’s school media center is the heart of the school, the hub of learning and the center of new and emerging technologies. It is a source of tools, resources, information and support for students and educators alike.

Technology Reshapes Education, ‘Making Thinking Visible’ (The Chicago Tribune)
August 25, 2015
By Richard Asa

Jeanette Jones sat in on a class as part of her job as a college administrator and saw an example of how technology is reshaping education.

She said a student at the for-profit American InterContinental University in Schaumburg asked the instructor a question she couldn’t answer. But the instructor immediately posed the question to her Twitter followers and in seconds received responses from several experts in the field.

3 Ways Mobile Technology Is Transforming Learning Spaces (T.H.E. Journal)
By Dennis Pierce

To support creativity and collaborative learning with digital tools, schools are creating flexible environments that give students ownership of the space and their learning.

From the outside, Barrow Elementary School in Athens, GA, looks like any traditional school building built in the 1920s. Inside, it looks completely different. Instead of desks arranged in tidy rows, the classrooms have tables that can be reconfigured in seconds by the students themselves, depending on what an assignment calls for. There are spaces where students can work together in teams, and comfortable chairs for individual study. Nooks tucked off hallways enable teachers and students to gather in small groups, and wireless access points allow them to use portable digital devices anywhere in the building.

Ready Or Not, Here It Comes: Remaking Teacher Training With An Innovative Twist (The Hechinger Report)
By Nichole Dobo
Until recently, the options for first-rate training for teachers were fairly limited.

Teachers filed into seats in whatever college happened to be closest to home, regardless of the quality of its programs. Online courses were often regarded as degree mills with low standards. One-size-fits-all training given by consultants or school administrators was often mocked. “Professional development” seemed an empty phrase.

Three Ways Ed-Tech Can Help Bring Back The “Cool” Science Teacher (The Huffington Post)
By Osman Rashid

There is a teacher shortage in the world, and especially in the United States — sending schools scrambling to put educators in classrooms. Whether this is due to an increase in student enrollment, balancing out classroom sizes or a large contingent of teachers retiring — it matters little to the ones that matter most, the children. From the elementary level up through high school, all children want from their teachers is an engaging and dynamic learning environment.

20 Edtech Concepts And Devices That Every Teacher Should Know About (Education Week)
By Matthew Lynch

Since the Information Era began some decades ago, it has dramatically changed the way we educate our children. We live in a world of rapid change and the resemblance to yesterday is fleeting. Above all, communication has changed, and an enormous variety of information is now accessible to almost everyone at the click of a mouse or swipe of a finger.

We have seen a lot of advancement in education technology designed for the classroom, and to be effective, teachers need to stay abreast of these new technologies and concepts. This is the perfect time for teachers to receive retooling in the area of educational technology.

Apps To Bring Math And Science Skills Back After Summer’s (The New York Times)
By Kj Dell’Antonia

After a summer of fun, the shift back into schoolwork can be tough for kids. Feeling out-of-practice when it comes to math facts, logical thinking or even, for younger kids, the alphabet can make the transition even harder. It’s time for a little review, but that review will go over much more sweetly if it seems more like fun than work.

These 10 Trends Are Shaping The Future Of Education (Education Dive)
By Roger Riddell

It’s an exciting time to be in education. The longstanding operating models for both higher ed and K-12 are both in a state of flux, and while demands for innovation probably won’t create an all-new landscape, the resulting product of ongoing changes is likely to be unrecognizable compared to that of the last several decades. And while some challenges and changes are exclusive to one sector, a few see some overlap between K-12 and postsecondary learning.

From alternative credentialing and changing demographics to testing concerns and the rise of STEM, here are 10 trends currently shaping the future of education.


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