DEN Trend Report: 9/16/15

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Positive Approaches to Digital Citizenship

The  role of students has evolved in the last decade. Where once they were focused on how to make a difference in their local communities, today’s students are making a larger impact in their global community, primarily though their role as digital citizens.

Chromebooks Command Close To Half Of K-12 Computing Market, Analyst Says (Education Week)
By Michele Molnar
More than one-sixth of teachers and students will receive a new computer in K-12 schools this year, according to Futuresource Consulting. In the second quarter of 2015, a record 49 percent of those devices were Chromebooks.

Why We Must Address Digital Equity Right Now (eSchool News)
By Keith Krueger
Digital equity remains a troubling issue with far-reaching consequences. Digital learning is reaching a tipping point.
Thanks to E-rate, as well as other state and local policy efforts, the education community has largely achieved the original 1997 goal of connecting every classroom to the internet. Even better, last year’s 60-percent increase ($1.5 billion more annually) in E-rate funding means that over the next few years, classroom connections will be broadband with robust wi-fi – an essential requirement for 21st century learning. Trains 15,000 Teachers In Computer Science (USA Today)
By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO — More kids than ever are going back to school this fall to learn something that just a few years ago they would never have been taught: computer science. says it’s gaining momentum in its mission to get every U.S. school to add computer science to its curriculum. Founder Hadi Partovi told USA TODAY that and its partners this year trained more than 15,000 teachers who will bring computer science instruction into their classrooms.

Danica Patrick Shares Her Drive For Success: ‘Be The Best … Not The Best Girl.’ (The Washington Post)
By Mariah Balingit
Race car driver Danica Patrick entered the school library to “a warm Foxcroft welcome” Thursday, a traditional high-pitched “Woo!” and enthusiastic applause from the 150 or so girls assembled on the carpet.

What Grade Should U.S. K-12 Schools Get For STEM Education? (Education Week)
By Liana Heitin
STEM education events have an interesting way of bringing together people from multiple sectors—policymakers, business professionals, scientists, engineers, professors, federal and state officials, district administrators, K-12 teachers, etc.

Teacher Development Is Built On ‘Good Intentions’ And ‘False Assumptions’ (The Washington Post)
By Jay Matthews
I used to speak at professional-development sessions for teachers, but I eventually realized I was wasting their time. Like most professional-development presentations, my speeches were not integrated with a research-tested approach to improve teaching. That meant whatever I said was unlikely to help them much, if at all.


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