DEN Trend Report: 12/2/15

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‘Not a Math Person’: How To Remove Obstacles To Learning Math (KQED News)
By Katrina Schwartz
Stanford math education professor Jo Boaler spends a lot of time worrying about how math education in the United States traumatizes kids. Recently, a colleague’s 7-year-old came home from school and announced he didn’t like math anymore. His mom asked why and he said, “math is too much answering and not enough learning.”

K-8 Classroom Technology Use Increasing (eSchool News)
By Laura Devaney
Technology use is increasing, with 4 out of 5 teachers saying they will use classroom technology more frequently during the 2015-2016 school year, according to a survey from Front Row Education, a company that provides adaptive, gamified and data driven education programs.
The largest driver of this increase appears to be access to devices, with more than three-fourths of 1,000 surveyed teachers noting that the availability of classroom technology resources at their school is either good (40 percent) or great (37 percent).

Wanted: 100,000 New STEM Teachers (CNN Money)
By Parija Kavilanz
In schools across America, there are “Help Wanted” signs advertising jobs that desperately need to be filled.
They’re all for teaching positions in STEM fields — which have 100,000 open positions nationwide.

Media Usage Highest Among Poor, Minority Youth, Report Finds (Education Week)
By Leo Doran
Given the vast dissemination of portable information technology and the corresponding explosion in popularity of social media among young people in recent years, it’s not surprising that a big chunk of students’ time is spent consuming media on screen.
In fact, according to a recent study released by the advocacy and research nonprofit, Common Sense Media, black youths, impoverished youths, and those with parents who have at most a high school diploma consume the most media. Conversely, those from white families, those from high-income households, and those raised by parents with at least a college degree tend to consume slightly less media than their peers.

The Incubator School: E Is For Experimental & Entrepreneur (NPR)
By Anya Kamenetz
Fourteen-year-old Yasemine Dursun is an aspiring entrepreneur. Her invention is called the Slapwrap, a braceletlike device for storing earbuds. In a cacophonous hallway crowded with her classmates, she launches into her pitch:
“If you’re washing your hands, water can get on your buds and damage them,” the ninth-grader explains. “They can dangle and pick up dirt. This is kind of disgusting, but it can cause acne.”
Yasemine came up with her idea for keeping earbuds stored and neat in a class at the Incubator School, a new public school in Los Angeles that focuses on STEM, entrepreneurship, gaming and a collaborative approach to learning.
It’s not a charter school — it’s one of several dozen experimental “pilot” schools around the city.

Zuckerberg Commits $20 Million To Bring Internet To Schools (Wired)
By Issie Lapowsky
Mark Zuckerberg has always said that Facebook’s mission is to connect the world. Now, he and his wife Priscilla Chan are working to connect the country’s schools, as well.
Today, Zuckerberg announced that he and Chan are donating $20 million to EducationSuperHighway, a non-profit that is expanding broadband access in schools. The donation coincides with a new EducationSuperHighway report released today that shows 20 million students in the United States have gained broadband access in the classroom since 2013. It’s dramatic progress in a short period of time—just the sort of thing that appeals to Zuckerberg and his “move fast” ethos. A $20 million donation, along with continued support from the Obama administration’s so-called ConnectED initiative to push for connectivity in schools, should help close the digital divide in education that remains.

Parents Say Tech Is Mostly Good; The Count Is Out On Social Networking (THE Journal)
By Dian Schaffhauser
Parents worry more about maintaining their kids’ privacy of personal information than they do about their children’s performance in school, social relationships, health, technology use or behavior. In a list of parental concerns, only personal safety of the child ranked higher than privacy (75 percent vs. 67 percent). The concerns about privacy grow as the child gets older; whereas 61 percent of parents with a child six to nine are concerned, that rises to 72 percent among parents of 14- to 17-year olds.

Not Just Video Games: Students Learn How To Use Simulation for Education (Orlando Sentinel, Fla.)
By Annie Martin
Letters zoomed across Connor Adams’ screen as he used his keyboard to move a spaceship up and down.
The computer game’s objective is simple: Destroy the letters that aren’t formed correctly and leave the ones that are right. The game is easy for most people but a challenge for people with dyslexia, a disorder that hinders the ability to read and write.

Cellphones Make A Comeback In The Classroom, With Teachers’ Support (Los Angeles Times)
By Daniela Gerson
Priscilla Farinas, an English teacher at Social Justice Humanitas Academy in San Fernando, faced her 31 students recently and made an announcement that seemingly violates official Los Angeles Unified policy.
“This is the one and only time I will have you take out your cellphones,” she said, instructing the students to share their definitions of “privilege” via text message as part of a lesson on “The Great Gatsby.”

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