DEN Trend Report: 9/27/17


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Three lessons from rigorous research on education technology
(The Hechinger Report) By Jill Barshay

School district administrators and principals are inundated with salesmen peddling computers and software programs. Many claim that scientific research proves their wares work. Can they be believed? The researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an organization inside the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scoured academic journals, the internet and evaluation databases and found only 113 studies on using technology in schools that were scientifically rigorous.

For PD, the days of one-and-done are dead and gone!
(eSchool News) By Carrie Drake

According to research from the Center for Public Education, “one-and-done” professional development sessions for teachers simply don’t work. With new standards rolling out every year, a one-class-covers-all approach just won’t cut it anymore. Educators aren’t that different from their students when it comes to their learning, so why should they be expected to learn everything at once instead of gradually, as they hope their students can?

Ongoing professional learning opportunities that provide teachers with constant access to support through continually improving online and offline resources are essential for truly effective instruction.

Over 6 million students still lack high-speed internet access, report finds (edscoop)

But, in its annual report, nonprofit EducationSuperHighway reveals progress has been made toward closing the digital divide.

More than 5 million students in the United States gained access to high-speed internet in the last year alone, leaving just 6.5 million students to go, according to new data released by EducationSuperHighway on Tuesday.

In its third annual State of the States report, the nonprofit applauds the progress states have made toward closing the digital divide. Today, about 39.2 million students, 2.6 million teachers and 74,000 schools have access to digital learning opportunities, and 94 percent of districts across the country meet the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum goal of 100 kilobits (kbps) per second per student.

5 Ways to Use Video in the Classroom

Video in the classroom is powerful, because it has the ability to make the classroom come alive, and make meaningful learning experiences and connections. Video allows you to deliver long-lasting images, and reach children with various learning styles. But how do you make sure you’re keeping things fresh?

Here are a few ways you can incorporate video projects in your classroom—on a daily basis.

Students swim with sharks, explore space, through VR

Imagine instead of viewing a shark-infested shipwreck or a space station in photos, technology meant you actually swam and floated right through them.

Now, students are immersed under the water and into imaginary spacesuits to experience life as explorers and astronauts, if only for a few minutes.

Virtual reality (VR) is entering classrooms around the world and taking pupils on field trips to the most inaccessible corners of the planet.

As students move their heads left and right and up and down in order to navigate an area from all angles, it’s never been easier to put oneself into a virtual world that amplifies and improves the learning experience.

3 Takeaways from Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Tech Overhaul
(EdTech Magazine) By Meghan Bogardus Cortez

For Aaron Spence, the superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, a digital transformation of the schools was a long time coming. Spence, a graduate of VBCPS, returned to the district to oversee a technology overhaul that began in 2014.

“We’re a forward-thinking organization in a forward-thinking community that really wants the best for its kids,” says Spence in a Discovery Education and School Superintendents Association case study.

In the past three years, VBCPS has undergone a digital evolution that offers lessons for other districts:

STEAM teacher: These are “My Tech Essentials”
(eSchool News)

These tech must-haves help transition to a transdisciplinary approach to instruction, enhancing teaching and learning across grade levels.

I am a third grade teacher in an urban school district in Kansas City, Missouri. I teach in a 1:1 environment that focuses on STEAM education and Project Based Learning. Currently, the building I teach in is transitioning to a trans-disciplinary approach to instruction that will utilize  a variety of technologies to enhance teaching and learning across the grade levels. Technology is integrated throughout my day and curriculum, and here is my list of five Tech Essentials:

The Home Depot and Discovery Education Partner to Support Student Participation in Science Fairs and Drive Deeper Engagement in Science and STEAM Education (4-Traders)

– New Science Fair Central Website Supports Students Preparing for Science Fair Season and Provides Exciting Learning Activities to Ignite Student Curiosity Through Unique “Maker Corner Activities” –

The Home Depot and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a joint effort to support student engagement in science and STEAM education. Together, the companies have relaunched Science Fair Central, a website designed to provide the 12 million K-12 students participating in science fairs and STEAM events nationwide materials that will ignite their curiosity and support the development of creative, innovative, and impactful projects.


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