DEN Trend Report: 1/19/17

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How Your Student Can Become America’s Top Young Scientist (Education World) 

Do you know a young person who has shown passion and skill in the field of science?

You can now inspire him or her to become America’s Top Young Scientist by encouraging him or her to enter the 10th annual Young Scientist Challenge.

6 K-12 administrators to watch in 2017 (Education Dive)

By Roger Riddell

New Google Classroom features make it easier to learn, teach, manage, and build   (eSchool News)

By Andrew Garrett

As everyone heads back to school to start the new semester, users will find new Google Classroom updates designed specifically for them.

Google Classroom is designed for everyone involved in a student’s education. Over 20 million educators and students actively use it to teach and learn together, as do administrators who oversee how this tool is used across classrooms and developers who are building educational technology for the next generation. As everyone heads back to school to start the new semester, each of these users will find new Classroom updates designed specifically for them.

iPads ignite furor in schools (eSchool News)

In Apple’s backyard, a battle over digital learning tools-specifically iPads-is growing in one school district.

In the shadow of Apple Computer’s 1 Infinite Loop headquarters, an initiative requiring public middle schoolers to use iPads in class and at home has spawned a growing battle over education in the digital age.

District officials and many teachers tout the iPads as innovative learning tools. Students, it seems, are thrilled to have them. But many parents in the affluent district—including some software engineers, Apple employees and a brain researcher—question the benefit of the devices, and hundreds have signed a petition to limit their use.

STEM Day Website Offers Masses of Classroom Activities (THE Journal)

By Dian Schaffhauser

First, there was Hour of Code. Now there’s Siemens STEM Day. A makeover of the traditional Siemens Science Day, the new event is intended to encourage teachers to spark student interest in new forms of science, technology, engineering and math. The event, which doesn’t have a specific day assigned to it yet, comes with the chance to win a $10,000 “possibility” grant for use in creating a new fab lab or outfitting the classroom with gadgets.

Don’t Ignore Teachers in Evaluation Studies of Education Technology (EdSurge)

As a researcher, I recognize the appeal of “gold standard” research that uses random assignment to find out just how much a given digital courseware product helps improve student learning. At the same time, my experience doing research in an urban district suggests that education technology evaluations need to go beyond this focus if they are to be most useful. Specifically, if we consider that education technology products are not so much “stand alone” interventions but tools for helping teachers personalize their learning environments, then the centrality of teachers becomes apparent.

9 secrets of incredibly efficient districts (eSchool News)

By Laura Devaney

Making the most out of technology means streamlining district processes.

The most efficient school districts are those that leverage the technology tools available to them to improve teaching, learning, and internal processes.

How media literacy is critical to saving our democracy (eSchool News)

A Stanford study suggesting how easily manipulated students are online should be a wake-up call for school leaders nationwide.

The fact that 70 percent of middle school students in a recent study could not distinguish between fake news and authentic news on the web shows that we, as educators, have to do a better job of teaching media literacy in the digital age. That means paying less attention to what we should be blocking in our schools—and more attention to teaching students how to be smart consumers of information.


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