DEN Trend Report: 5/22/17

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Five Professional Development Resources For The Summer
(GPB NPR Media) By Shayla McGhee
Over the course of the hot summer months, many educators take professional development classes, teach summer school, prepare for the next school year, and—because they deserve it—take a vacation. Teachers are continuously learning and striving to become better instructors than they were the previous year, so in order to make some of their work a little easier, we are presenting five resources that assist with professional development.

If Edtech Efficacy Research Ignores Implementation, How Does It Help Improve Education?
(EdSurge) By Dr. Kara McWilliams and Marcy Baughman
If we really want to understand how effective educational technology tools are for improving learner outcomes, we need to stop throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

As instructors consider technology tools for their courses, they are increasingly looking for evidence of effectiveness. However, researchers evaluating the impact of these technology tools on learner outcomes often ignore a critical component: the user’s local educational setting and how they choose to use the product. This is where implementation science can help.

CSI effect livens up science education A California high school trains students for careers in forensic biotechnology
(District Administration) By Ray Bendici
The forensic biotechnology pathway at James C. Enochs High School in Modesto City Schools, California, incorporates the science behind the popular CSI TV show to excite students about a career in the science behind criminal investigations.

Nearly 350 students participate in the four-year program that combines fictional and real-world cases with hands-on research.

Teachers speak: What PD actually works?
(eSchool News) By Laura Ascione
The study series asked exemplary teachers to share the PD supports and experiences that best helped them increase their effectiveness at various stages of their careers.

Teachers’ Readiness and Willingness to Adopt Digital Tools for Learning
(Project Tomorrow)
At the ASU GSV Summit this week, we explored the current state of teachers’ readiness and willingness to adopt digital tools for learning with Alan Arkatov from USC Rossier School of Education, Ann Linson from East Noble School Corporation and Jessie Woolley-Wilson from DreamBox Learning.

Everyone see lots of technology in schools these days, but is that technology also changing teaching and learning? The classrooms of today still look a whole lot like the classrooms of yesterday:

Linking Professional Development to Teacher Evaluations
(Ed Week Blog) By Emmanuel Felton
Stephanie Jackman spends a lot of time evaluating her 44 teachers at Lafayette Elementary School in Colorado. Like her fellow principals across the country, she sits in on their classes, jots down notes, and provides feedback on what areas teachers could improve.

Often that’s where the conversation ends. But Jackman’s school district, Boulder Valley, has gone a step further, merging its vast catalog of professional-development courses with its teacher evaluation system to create one resource.

 The Hard Truths and False Starts About Edtech Efficacy Research
(EdSurge) By Michael Winters
“At best, we’re throwing spaghetti against the wall and hoping that it sticks. Except that we don’t even know what it means to stick.”

“What works ought to drive what we put in front of our children.” Jim Shelton

This Could Be the Start of Something New

The debate over the exact definition of “research” emerged as a key theme of the symposium. Most attendees agreed that the randomized controlled trial (RCT) used in medicine and other industries—studies comparing an experimental group receiving treatment with a control group that is not—should be the gold standard in education technology as well. But many noted the myriad problems that come with conducting an RCT in education.

Debunked: 5 myths about classroom technology
(eSchool News) By Anna Johansson
For decades, schools have been scaling up the technology incorporated into the classroom, from small computer labs designed to teach basic computer skills to student-assigned tablets for more complex, daily assignments (and occasional play).

Bent on Discovery
(edtech Digest) By Victor Rivero

“Any classroom technology, from the pencil to the iPad, should have as their end goal the improvement of student achievement.”

Looking Ahead: “I think the rise of embedded formative assessment is one development that will really change teaching and learning in the future.”


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    It so helpful for me … Like her fellow principals across the country, she sits in on their classes, jots down notes, and provides feedback on what areas teachers could improve.

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