DEN Trend Report: 10/1/17

Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!? Here’s a recap of this week’s news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below.

3 critical digital course materials questions, answered
(Education Dive)

With the influx of devices into classrooms, curriculum resources have naturally followed suit and adapted to the new environment accordingly. But it can also be easy to get lost in the sea of digital resources now at the fingertips of students and teachers.

Why You Should Talk to Your Kids About Opioids
(Future of Personal Health)

“Millions of people misuse opioids every year, millions more become dependent and overdose deaths are on the rise. The problem is far reaching. and opioid misuse isn’t limited to one group — this epidemic does not discriminate — but one particularly vulnerable group is young people,” said Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) acting administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

“We must take a proactive, preventative approach to this crisis by starting lifesaving conversations about prescription opioid misuse and heroin use early in life, both at home and in the classroom.”

The Funding Crisis Myth
(US News) By Frederick M. Hess

If there’s an evergreen story in American education, it may be the hand-wringing tales about how spending cuts threaten to ruin the nation’s schools. The fact that the U.S. spends as much on K-12 schooling as any other nation – and substantially more than most Group of 20, or G-20, nations – never seems to dampen the enthusiasm for such stories. This summer was filled with hysterical accounts of how the Trump administration’s dead-on-arrival budget could make this worse by trimming national K-12 spending by one percent. And just last week, Jill Barshay penned the familiar tale for the Hechinger Report in a story headlined, “While the rest of the world invests more in education, the U.S. spends less.”

The Future of Work Is Uncertain, Schools Should Worry Now
(Education Week) By Benjamin Herold

Automation and artificial intelligence are disrupting the labor market. What do K-12 educators and policymakers need to know?

Today’s 6th graders will hit their prime working years in 2030.

By that time, the “robot apocalypse” could be fully upon us. Automation and artificial intelligence could have eliminated half the jobs in the United States economy.

Or, plenty of jobs could still exist, but today’s students could be locked in a fierce competition for a few richly rewarded positions requiring advanced technical and interpersonal skills. Robots and algorithms would take care of what used to be solid working- and middle-class jobs. And the kids who didn’t get that cutting-edge computer science course or life-changing middle school project? They’d be relegated to a series of dead-end positions, serving the elites who did.

Alternatively, maybe Bill Gates and Elon Musk and the other big names ringing the alarm are wrong. A decade from now, perhaps companies will still complain they can’t find employees who can read an instruction manual and pass a drug test. Maybe workers will still be able to hold on to the American Dream, so long as they can adjust to incremental technological shifts in the workplace.

Which vision will prove correct?

The Secret Sauce to Choosing Edtech? Find Tools By Fit, Not Feature
(EdSurge) By Meg Hamel

Finding and selecting edtech products can be a lot like grocery shopping for your family. Walk in when you’re starving without a list and you’ll likely pick the items with the most attractive packaging, a suggestion from your seemingly healthy friend who only eats foods that start with the letter ‘P’, items that you’ve seen in commercials, or those that simply happen to be at eye-level.

The e-textbook transformation

(District Administration) By Matt Zalaznick
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

Make Agriculture Fun In The Classroom With 360-Degree Videos And Interactive Activities Through Discovering Farmland
(Fox 12 Oregon)

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — How are indoor barns impacting animal care? What is sustainable agriculture? How are new technologies improving water efficiency? These are the questions that are answered for high school students through U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) Discovering Farmland curriculum. With food production’s connection to science, economics, technology and sustainability, these topics make agriculture relatable to students highlighting how farming and ranching has evolved over several decades. 

A New Lesson for High School Economics Education
(Mr Top Step)

There are times when my students have trouble grasping economic concepts. But when those topics are transformed into an independent, interactive, and relevant learning experience, things definitely get easier. That experience is what Econ Essentials and the Facts About Food module aims to bring to the economics classroom.

Econ Essentials is a program designed to help high school students learn about economic principles, made possible by a partnership with CME Group and Discovery Education. This free program is aligned with high school economic standards and provides interactive resources to educators and students in grades nine through 12.


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