DEN Trend Report: 10/23/17

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Students need tech skills for more than just jobs — they need it to be good citizens
(Seattle Times) By Jerry Large 

Reading is fundamental, the arts are essential and history is a must. But more than at any time in our development, an understanding of math and science has become crucial in our political and personal lives.

You’ve heard many times the complaint that Washington state is not preparing enough of its students for high-tech jobs.

Job preparation is a good reason for making a high-quality math and science education more broadly available, but there is another increasingly important reason to move quickly to give young people a solid grounding in those areas of study.

This country desperately needs a science-literate citizenry.

What is Education’s Redesign Strategy?
(The Learning Counsel)

Most educators, along with growing numbers of families and students, are aware of screen learning options. They’ve been seeing advertising on television. They have apps. They see ads pop up when they do internet searches for “back to school” and see things like “Not-Back-to-School-Camp” – an annual camp for unschooled teens in Oregon.

Finding a course, finding a piece of content, downloading an app – all these things are for the truly earnest, but increasingly even the not-so-earnest at digital learning are seeing intrusive ads as they surf, shop, or pick up email.

Industry and education partnerships key to targeting skills gap in tech
(Education Dive) By Shalina Chatlina

Preparing students for the workforce, particularly in highly technical jobs, requires more than just STEM classes and training — it also requires significant focus on transferable skills, like communication and collaboration, and focus on the entrepreneurial spirit to make students’ tech knowledge more valuable in the workplace. This development can happen through every stage of the educational pipeline, with high school students participating in programs like apprenticeships, where they can actually go into the workforce and put their skills to practice.

Survey: Daily classroom edtech use on the rise
(eSchool News) By Laura Ascione

Sixty-three percent of K-12 educators use edtech in their classrooms each day–an increase from the 55 percent reporting the same in 2016, according to an annual survey from the College of Education at the University of Phoenix.

Laptops are most commonly used (86 percent), while other technologies include educational apps (58 percent), 3D printers (21 percent), and social media (41 percent, up from 32 percent in 2016).

Makerspaces expanding STEM opportunities in rural schools
(Education DIVE) By Roger Riddell

Dive Insight:
Perhaps the first thing to come to mind when thinking about makerspaces is the 3D printer. And while that tool has served to enable creative experimentation in such environments, they don’t necessarily have to be that advanced. Art classes are their own sort of makerspace, as eSchool News has noted, and even items like paper towel rolls can contribute to making for young students. At Berthold Academy, a Montessori in Reston, VA, for example, young students tasked with putting together their own Raspberry Pi computers were given materials like cardboard to create the casing for their hardware, rather than being limited to a straight-from-the-box design.

10 Disruptions That Will Revolutionize Education
(Education Week) By Peter W. Cookson Jr.

The idea that machines are smarter than humans has inspired a library of science-fiction stories and movies. What often happens when intelligent machines and ordinary humans cross cognitive swords? Humans lose. We weaker and dumber creatures are no match for machines that are out-thinking us at every turn, taking away our jobs, and planning to establish a dictatorship of computers.


(TechLearning) By Corbett Smith

In a recent news release, ISTE offered the following top five trends to watch this school year:
Coding for All Students
2. Real-Time Learning Feedback
3. VR Is Coming to Town
4. Media Literacy to Combat Fake News
5. Redefining Digital Citizenship

The Geography of Teacher Shortages
(US News) By Nathan Favero

When most of us hear about struggling schools, we probably picture poor inner-city neighborhoods and school buildings filled with graffiti, drugs and violence. While many struggling schools are located in urban centers, just as many can be found in rural areas or small towns – especially in the South. Rural schools face a number of unique obstacles. Approaches to improving education that make sense in urban contexts do not always work for them, particularly when it comes to teacher recruitment and retention.

Students Gain Valuable Real-World Experience as IT Volunteers 
By Roger Riddell

Dive Insight:

At at time when real-world educational experiences are in high demand, opportunities that allow students to gain actual work experience they can cite on a resume are critical. These are skills they can take to after-school and summer jobs, as well as campus employment opportunities if they go to college.


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