Desktop Research: Significant Trends

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  • 3D Printing Can Transform Education Sector in India
    Following suit of higher education, primary schools in India are beginning to realize the undoubted benefits 3D printing brings into the classroom. For example, Good Shepherd International School, Ooty introduced 3D printing, as it requires the student to interact with the product throughout the entire process, thus fostering higher-level thinking than previous methods.
  • Aurora Hills Students Excel in Digital Badge Program
    Aurora Hills Middle School is pioneering the use of digital badges, which recognize any informal or formal learning that is not represented on a traditional report card, by awarding a handful of students the Interaction and Lifelong Learner badge for their mastery of 21st century skills.- shorr shorr Mar 22, 2016- mporter mporter Mar 23, 2016 Digital badge programs have not caught on but they some point. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Mar 26, 2016 This is a promising way to recognize other soft skills that today we don't have formal indicators for. I have seen some schools and universities trying these out here in Brazil. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016
  • Can Cloud Deliver on the Promise of an Integrated Curriculum?
    As technologies become more affordable, school districts are increasingly utilizing cloud computing for storage, collaboration, and productivity needs. Scalable software has potential to expand STEM learning opportunities.- dezuanni dezuanni Mar 24, 2016- lisagustinelli lisagustinelli Mar 30, 2016Cloud computing, especially in Google Chrome schools fosters collaboration through the Google Suite of products. Students can collaborate using Google docs and We Video wich inbtergrates with Google Drive. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016The cloud has definitely expanded the possibilities for innovation within schools. Now we have tools that will allow us to think wide scale innovation in the curriculum. That's why recently there has been an uproar here because companies want to start charging a lot for internet access and that would set us back. We are already totally dependent on internet connection in Brazil. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016

  • Current and Future Prospects for Gamification in the Education Sector
    Gamification is expanding its reach into the education sector by diversifying its teaching strategies to include problem, game, and situational based learning, as well as incorporate data mining tools to track students performance. Coupled with the increase in technology available to teachers, market size for gamification is estimated to grow 12% in the K12 arena.- RollandK RollandK Mar 23, 2016 The prospects for this technology in learning are outstanding. My favorite new example an GAUGING YOR DISTRACTION.- len.scrogan len.scrogan Apr 1, 2016This is a growing trend in Brazil. Not only for those producing games, but for those using innovative pedagogical practices. With the increase of the Maker Movement and project-based learning, gamification strategies have been more and more incorporated. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016 - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Apr 27, 2016
  • How Digital Report Cards are Changing Schooling
    In Surrey, British Columbia, digital report cards are helping contribute to an ongoing conversation about student learning between teachers, students, and parents. The new report cards involve an online portfolio of students’ work including things like writing samples, video presentations and audio recordings of student reading to fit with the province’s new more flexible curriculum. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Mar 26, 2016 says our students have their own digital webportfolio. See examples: /// I LOVE this as a way to have students showcase their work and expand the discussion areound student learning and achievement. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Mar 30, 2016 We are searching for the best way of doing this in our own school. This is a great tool! - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016

  • Education Use Driving Low-Cost 3D Printer Purchases
    China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s National Additive Manufacturing Industry Promotion Plan 2015-2016 aims to offer comprehensive training to educators and to create courses for 3D printing that will educate its students, beginning with its 400,000 elementary schools. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 20163D Printing is great but may not be the best way to start when innovating. There are other fast prototyping tools that are even cheaper and can work faster for a large scale implementation, such as the vynil cutter. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Apr 27, 2016
  • Flush with Technology, New Pinellas Magnet Program Caters to Young ‘Digital Natives'
    A new magnet program at St. Petersburg's Tyrone Middle School students take a technology class in sixth and seventh grades to earn a professional certificate in digital literacy called IC3 Spark and an Information and Communication Technology Certification bundle that includes training in Microsoft Office and OneNote. There’s also a magnet technology club that acts as a kind of "Geek Squad" to troubleshoot teachers' and students' tech problems.
  • How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning
    “Libraries are embracing roles as stewards of collaboration and innovation, bringing students authentic learning experiences that will benefit them for a lifetime.”- shorr shorr Mar 22, 2016- mporter mporter Mar 23, 2016- Rolland.kornblau Rolland.kornblau Mar 23, 2016- dezuanni dezuanni Mar 24, 2016 - dsilva dsilva Mar 24, 2016 I like the message of this article, but am concerned that adapting libraries and their custodians may be difficult in practice. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Mar 30, 2016I also like the message, but don't think it should be the libraries to turn into makerspaces. The library as a source of research and information curation are still important. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016
  • NYU Steinhardt Plans Major Push into Residency-Based Online Teacher Education
    NYU Steinhardt, the country’s oldest university-based school of pedagogy is creating a new residency-based teacher education program that will deliver its courses 100 percent online.- dezuanni dezuanni Mar 24, 2016This is amazing! It addresses all the important elements needed to really improve teaching and thus truely making good use of all the tools. This is a great initiative!- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016
  • How Peer Video Coaching is Completely Changing How Our Teachers Teach St. Vrain Valley School District in Denver has found success with an online video coaching platform for classroom observation called Edthena combined with one-on-one coaching and collaborative learning groups. The article does a good job emphasizing the power in recording and analyzing video data as a form of professional practice. This push away from an administrator checklist is a step in the right direction for educator professional learning. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Mar 30, 2016 I agree; video-based observation paired with coaching holds much potential. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2012) ( reported a clear, positive relationship between video-based teacher observation scores and improved student outcomes. Add the coaching and collaborative learning groups, and it's a win! - drjrankin drjrankin Apr 9, 2016 This is a great way to go, like the last article also proposed. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016
  • A Principal Shares Tech Benefits for the 1:1 Skeptic
    Digital tools have both up and downsides and balancing their use is key. The author addresses times when he has found technology necessary, and how he seeks to effectively incorporate it. The mobile generation inherently understands the power of a personal device, and schools need to realize that vision themselves. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Mar 30, 2016- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016 - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Apr 27, 2016
  • Problem-Based Learning Creates Solar Cars, Homeless Shelters
    Educators at Haines Elementary are leveraging technology to facilitate project-based learning in their classrooms. From the construction of solar-powered cars to homeless shelters, technology, like Chromebooks, is allowing students to collaborate and construct solutions to their identified problems.- RollandK RollandK Mar 23, 2016- oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Mar 27, 2016Project-based learning is a great strategy to innovate teaching practices and work with integrated interdisciplinary curriculum. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016
  • Schools Tap Big Data To Understand Trends
    Analytics tools help educators know when to intervene for better academic performance, while providing data for district leaders to use in improving operations and administrative decisions.- mporter mporter Mar 23, 2016 - drjrankin drjrankin Mar 23, 2016 - dsilva dsilva Mar 24, 2016- oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Mar 27, 2016- lisagustinelli lisagustinelli Mar 30, 2016Schools interested in tapping into Big Data will have to expand their IT budget not only for the necessary tools needed (many are open-source) but also for experts to analyze the data. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016
  • St. Louis-Area school is in Pursuit of Bringing Project-Based Learning to Elementary Students
    Mehlville School district is working on an elementary school with an alternative curriculum based on using real-world problems that require critical thinking. There will be no admission requirements, and apparently if too many students apply, the district will hold a lottery.- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016
  • Shameless plug about an early stage inter-state competency based and OER project we're working on. Please feel free to delete if it doesn't fit (Added by Shorr)
    The COW leaders wanted to see if they could develop a competency-based, interstate, interdisciplinary course focusing on a single topic. Each district sent two teachers to the Mentor School District outside Cleveland to work on the project for three days in July 2015. Together they developed curriculum around a singular guiding question: “How do people affect the land and how does the land affect people?” OER is certainly going to grow. - len.scrogan len.scrogan Apr 1, 2016
    - shorr shorr Mar 22, 2016- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016
  • micro:bit learn-to-code device finally rolling out to UK schools - mporter mporter Mar 23, 2016
    A tiny computer intended to encourage UK kids to get programming is finally being delivered to schools, some half a year later than originally planned.- dezuanni dezuanni Mar 24, 2016 Coding is a much bigger deal these days.- len.scrogan len.scrogan Apr 1, 2016- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Apr 21, 2016
  • Digital Content Stats - Interesting article on the use of digital content in American Schools. - kstubbs kstubbs Apr 8, 2016
  • Embedding PD within Each Edtech Tool
    A survey of 600 K-12 teachers revealed 50% of teachers report inadequate support for using technology in the classroom, and 46% report they lack the training needed to use technology successfully to help students (Piehler, 2014): While training is vital, we cannot put all the responsibility of improved edtech use on the educators themselves, especially since edtech can do much to alleviate this burden. E.g.., read point #2 at Edtech can embed a help system (with lessons & videos concerning how to use the tool), supplemental documentation, and more to support educators, as covered within the Over-the-Counter Data Standards. E.g., a shorter, targeted manual or user-friendly help system caused users to need 40% less training time and to successfully complete 50% more tasks (van der Meij, 2008): - drjrankin drjrankin Apr 27, 2016
  • Edtech Following Research-Based Standards
    Edtech companies are largely driven by client/educator request, yet busy educators do not have time to research (and thus request) the best practices for edtech design, leaving research often out of the production loop. Example of why this is a problem: Focus group research has shown the report format users report preferring can be the opposite of the format they most accurately interpret (Hattie, 2010). Research-based standards can thus be used to inform edtech design. E.g., data systems can adhere to Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) and Over-the-Counter Data Standards, LMSs can adhere to Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) specifications, edtech assessment tools can consider the Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement, AERA Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, and Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education Reporting and Interpreting Test Results as appropriate, etc. - drjrankin drjrankin Apr 27, 2016

Devoted my efforts re: Trends to RQ3, but just want to make sure Programming/Coding and Games-Based Learning get consideration. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Apr 29, 2016