DEN Trend Report: 10/5/17

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.

EdTech Heroes: 25 State Leaders Making a Difference

The extensive influence of technology in education hasn’t happened overnight, or on its own. It’s occurred, in large part, because of thousands of dedicated individuals who’ve sacrificed their time, volunteered their talents and committed their careers to putting technology to work in the classroom and on campus.

#85 – The Ed Innovation Landscape
(The EdTech Podcast)

Welcome everyone to this sixth episode from the ASU GSV Summit series on The Edtech Podcast. This week we’re getting into the ed innovation landscape, with extensive research conducted by Navitas Ventures with their Edtech Census. I’ve also been listening to podcasts about the Shift Commission and their insight into the Future of Work. I was particularly interested in how our current mortgage and insurance structures are currently too tied up with past models of long-term employment, rather than self-directed gig economy stuff. Which I can relate to! I also took a peek at the Pearson and Nesta collaboration on #FutureSkills which forecasted the top 10 most likely jobs for growth to 2030 in the UK and US, as well as skills in demand during the same period. I was pleased to see Artistic, Literary and Media Occupations in the UK top ten jobs, as well as teaching and educational professionals. 

3 winning characteristics of a school STEAM program
(eSchool News) By Chris Fornaro

Full STEAM ahead: How one Philadelphia-area school is engaging students in new ways.

I started my career at The Shipley School, an independent K-12 school located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, at an innovative and exciting juncture. In 2014, Shipley was starting an engineering course from scratch, and having spent several years in the industry as an engineer and several more as a math and science teacher in Philadelphia-area schools, I jumped at the opportunity to pioneer a new program as an Upper School (grades 9-12) teacher.

AI Is on the Upswing in Optimizing K–12 Education
(EdTech) By Amy Brown

Artificial intelligence may seem like a future technology waiting in the wings to burst on to the K–12 scene, but it has made its presence known in classrooms already. Most teachers are using AI and may not even know it.

Thanks to AI automation, educators are saving time and diving deeper into personalized learning and differentiated instruction.

For example, reading teachers may use differentiated leveling programs to determine what instruction students need and what gaps exist. Previously, teachers had to complete these processes manually, which was time-consuming and pulled them away from valuable one-on-one time with their students.

How to Help High Schoolers Without Home Internet Access
(US News) By Alexandra Pannoni

Some students still don’t have adequate or reliable internet access.

Ninety-four percent of school districts have acceptable high-speed internet, according to a report released last month by EducationSuperHighyway, a nonprofit advocacy group.

7 Ways to Get More Girls and Women into STEM (and Encourage Them to Stay)
(THE Journal) By Dian Schaffhauser

What ambitious young person wouldn’t want to be in a STEM field? Job growth continues to outpace other industries. Ninety-three in 100 STEM-related occupations pay wages above the national average. And programming jobs, specifically, are growing 12 percent faster than the market average and paying $20,000 more than jobs that don’t require coding skills.

Well, apparently, women in substantial numbers are making that choice. Women make up only a third of the world’s STEM graduates, and they hold just under a quarter of IT jobs. Plus, the pipeline isn’t looking very promising; less than 25 percent of the students who took the advanced computer science placement exam were women.

Those were some statistics shared by Karen Quintos, chief customer office for Dell, during a forum hosted by the Atlantic Monthly titled, “Cracking the Code: The Next Generation of Women in STEM.” The event drew participation from youth, academia, non-profits and the corporate sector to examine questions around what it means “to raise and become a woman in STEM.”

Learning technologies could reduce automation’s economic threat
(Tech Crunch) By Ben Johnston

Global employment markets are in serious flux. Old-line manufacturing jobs and others are being automated out of existence by new technology, including robots and artificial intelligence.

By some accounts, only 20% of today’s workforce have the skills they’ll need for 60% of the jobs that will exist in the next five to 10 years.

But while technology is helping to fuel this massive skills gap, it may also—improbably—be part of the solution.

Many companies are harnessing new types of sophisticated software, big data, mobile applications and even artificial intelligence to re-train workers so they stay relevant, and employed, into the coming decades.

Call it Workforce Training 2.0—or, in industry lingo, a new twist on corporate “learning and development.” It’s a growing market that could be worth as much as $171 billion, by our measure, and it’s all about using new, more high-tech methods to deliver training and education to segments of the workforce, both blue- and white-collar.


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