DEN Trend Report: 9/15/16

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Six questions for the U.S. Department of Education’s ed tech chief (Chalkbeat)
As the director of educational technology for the U.S. Department of Education, Joseph South spends lots of time traversing the country to see how schools use tech. And he isn’t always satisfied with what he notices: Schools, he said, often invest in flashy devices and software without carefully thinking about how it can serve their curriculum or enable new teaching methods.

Most U.S. K–12 Teachers Would Not Give Themselves an ‘A’ in Ed Tech Skills (T.H.E. Journal)
By Richard Chang
While more than half of K–12 teachers say they use education technology in the classroom on a daily basis, with nine in 10 saying they do so at least weekly, only 15 percent of those teachers would give themselves an “A” in education technology skills, according to a recent University of Phoenix College of Education survey.

As the World Transforms, So Should Education (PBS Teachers’ Blog)
As an educator and lifelong learner, I am always looking for inspiration and new or different perspective; that’s why I sat down to watch “TED Talks: Education Revolution.” As I listened to the stories from the diverse group of speakers, I am hopeful and inspired.  At various parts of the video, I wanted to stand up and cheer because I was excited to hear the examples of transformation in classrooms, as it mirrors my views and aspirations for all students.

Personalized learning can aid increasingly diverse classrooms (EdScoop)
By Corinne Letsch
It’s time for schools to take personalized learning more seriously – and create digital maps that would chart a student’s unique learning path, according to a new report.
The report, from Digital Promise Global, called “Making Learning Personal for All – The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom,” highlights the changing demographics in classrooms across the country today.
In a typical class with 24 students, nearly half are living in poverty, have a disability or learning issue, are English language learners, are gifted and talented, are experiencing challenges at home that result in trauma, or some combination of these, according to the report.

Parents Across America Group Outlines Ed-Tech ‘Threats’ (Education Week)
By Benjamin Herold
An influential parent-advocacy group that has vocally opposed high-stakes testing, the Common Core State Standards, and charter school expansion has its sights on a new target: education technology.
Parents Across America, a nonprofit group with 44 chapters across 25 states, last month issued a set of resources warning of the “threats” posed by the explosion of digital- and online-technology use in schools, including rising screen time for children, increased testing and data collection, and what the group views as misguided teaching strategies based on low-quality digital products.

How Google Is Schooling Apple And Microsoft In The Battle For America’s Classrooms (Fast Company)
By Ainsley O’Connell
It’s an entirely different picture today: Google now dominates K–12 education in the United States, even in schools, like String Theory, that have formal relationships with Apple and Microsoft. Just five years after Google introduced its bare-bones Chromebook laptop—which runs a software suite that includes Gmail, Google Drive, Hangouts, and more, and retails for as low as $150—the search giant has topped both Apple and Microsoft in U.S. education sales. It shipped more than 5 million devices to U.S. buyers in 2015, roughly twice the total of each of its rivals. In the first quarter of 2016, the Chrome operating system’s share of shipments to U.S. classrooms hit 51%—a number that will continue to rise, according to Futuresource.

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