DEN Trend Report: 12/9/15

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5 Ways To Teach Kids (And Grownups) About Science (TIME)
By Jeffrey Kluger
It’s a lot easier than you think to teach the hard stuff. Keeping it fun is a good place to start
Few things make a science teacher happier than hearing a child call an idea weird. If you speak fluent child (and a good science teacher does), weird doesn’t mean what it usually means—odd, off-putting. It means interesting, mystifying and deeply, deeply cool.

Google’s Chromebooks Make Up Half of US Classroom Devices (CNBC)
By Harriet Taylor
Google, Microsoft and Apple have been competing for years in the very lucrative education technology market. For the first time, Google has taken a huge lead over its rivals.
Chromebooks now make up more than half of all devices in U.S. classrooms, up from less than 1 percent in 2012, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting. To analysts, this comes as a big surprise.

School Internet Access Shows Big Progress, New Report Shows (Education Week)
By Benjamin Herold
The number of students without adequate Internet connections in school has been cut in half over the past two years, according to a new analysis by the broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway.
During the same period, the rate most districts pay for bandwidth has also declined by 50 percent, the group found.

Study: Millennials Spend More Than 3 Hours A Day On Mobile Phones (THE Journal)
By Rhea Kelly
The average U.S. millennial (aged 16-30) with Internet access spends 3.1 hours a day on a mobile phone — totaling 21.7 hours a week or 1,128 hours (47 days) a year, according to a new study from global research consultancy TNS. The annual Connected Life study surveys more than 60,000 Internet users across 50 countries on their digital attitudes and behaviors.
What, And How, Do Rural Teens Want To Read? (Education Week)
By Jackie Mader
At a time when schools are increasingly turning to digital devices to deliver content to students, a small, recently released study of rural teens says that print is the most desired medium for reading material in some rural areas, unlike the preferences of urban teens.

To Measure What Tests Can’t, Some Schools Turn To Surveys (NPR)
Last year, Susan Avey, the principal of Bogle Junior High School in Chandler, Ariz., had a heart-to-heart with one of her new teachers about how he was relating to students.
In a previous year, this might have been a conversation based on subjective impressions. The teacher might have gotten defensive. But this year, Avey had a new tool up her sleeve: a survey of her students.

Growing Push to Expose More Students to Computer Science (ABC News)
Moving her finger over the laptop trackpad, 6-year-old Lauren Meek drags and drops a block of code to build a set of instructions. She clicks the “run” button and watches as the character moves through a maze. She then pumps her fist in excitement.


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