DEN Trend Report: 9/28/16

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Being a global educator takes more than a virtual field trip (Education Dive)
By Tara Garcia Mathewson
Dive Brief:  The internet makes global connections possible for students in even the most remote areas of the United States, but the best global teachers go beyond virtual field trips or one-time conversations with other students or experts abroad.

Efforts to bring computer science to all students make progress (eSchool News)
By Laura Devaney
A new initiative announced at the White House’s Sept. 14 Summit on Computer Science Education aims to give every student from kindergarten through high school in-demand computer science skills many employers say they want, but cannot find, in today’s young workers.

The nonprofit CSNYC announced the launch of the CSforAll Consortium, a national organization formed in reaction to the growing computer science education community, bipartisan support for CS, and President Obama’s call to action to give every student access to computer science education.

How STEM Skills Are the Next Great Equalizer (TIME)
By Tim Bajarin
I grew up in the age of Sputnik and the “space race.” Like most of the youth of my generation, we were challenged in school to “beat the Russians” to space, driven by President John F. Kennedy’s promise to have a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

As I reread that speech, delivered on Sept. 12, 1962, I’m struck by how much Kennedy focused on the role technology played in history, and the President’s vision of how it could impact our future:

“To be sure, we are behind, and will be behind for some time in manned flight. But we do not intend to stay behind, and in this decade, we shall make up and move ahead.
The growth of our science and education will be enriched by new knowledge of our universe and environment, by new techniques of learning and mapping and observation, by new tools and computers for industry, medicine, the home as well as the school.”

Opinion: We must restore confidence in the value of education (Lawrence Journal-World)
By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps
It is time for a reality check.
Americans are losing confidence in higher education, its quality and its availability. According to a recent poll by Public Agenda, 57 percent of the public are uncertain about the necessity of college; 46 percent say a college education is a questionable investment; and 59 percent say colleges care most about the bottom line.

The learning power of reality in K12 education (District Administration)
By Angela Pascopella and Bob Violino
Using tablets, apps and YouTube videos, students at Greenwood Elementary School in the Wayzata Public Schools in Minnesota have added new virtual elements to paintings and other artwork, so their masterpieces include videos that not only get them engaged, but also help them better understand ideas behind the art itself.
It’s a technology called augmented reality, which overlays views of the real world with informative graphics, video, sound or even GPS data.

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