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In Defense of School Testing

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"Concerns are mainly about “high-stakes” testing, in which a student’s achievement is judged, and a school’s status and funding are determined, by just a few big-deal tests. What we need, instead, is a regime of no-stakes testing. Entirely apart from their assessment function, tests are an enormously effective way to improve understanding and recall."

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/06/06/in-defense-of-school-testing/#ixzz1xRvP64Px

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A Teenager’s View on Education Technology

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Some classroom technology is great, but hold on, because the truth may hurt.
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What Judy Blume’s Books Meant

What Judy Blume’s Books Meant | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As Ms. Blume prepares to promote her new novel, “In the Unlikely Event,” Lena Dunham, Samantha Bee and others discuss how her work influenced them.
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Best of the Scout Report for 2015 Internet Scout

Best of the Scout Report for 2015 Internet Scout | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This week's Scout Report reviews the following online resources. Visit the Scout Report at:

 

https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2015/scout-bestof ;

 

to get the links and read the annotations for each resource.

 

In This Issue
- Teaching History with 100 Objects
- Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions
- Interactives: Oceanus Magazine
- The Upshot
- Open Culture
- Neuropod Podcasts
- 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire
- Birds of North America
- Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
- Made with Code

 

Copyright © 2015 Internet Scout Research Group - https://scout.wisc.edu
The Internet Scout Research Group, located in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides Internet publications and software to the research and education communities under grants from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and other philanthropic organizations. Users may make and distribute verbatim copies of any of Internet Scout's publications or web content, provided this paragraph, including the above copyright notice, is preserved on all copies.

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EdCampOOB

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EdCampOOB 2015: Professional Development on the beach July 28, 2015

What is an EdCamp?An interest driven, purely organic, professional development opportunity that encourages true professional dialogueA gathering of motivated and intelligent educators from a range of content areas and grade levelsA series of sessions that may explore a technology tool, a discussion of best practices, or a collaborative presentation focused on current issuesAn opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer sharing, and to make professional connectionsA focus on how we use technology to enhance learning experiences
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Schools, Libraries Will Receive Full Request of $3.9B in E-Rate Funding | LJ INFOdocket

From FedScoop: Schools and libraries across the country will be getting the full amount they requested to upgrade their telecommunications and wireless services from the Federal Communications Commission, which capped the funding this year at $3.9 billion. In total, the districts requested $3.
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The last blog posts by the late educator Grant Wiggins

Grant Wiggins was a highly influential educator who sparked changes in classroom practice with his “backward design” philosophy, explained in a 1998 book he co-wrote called “Understanding by Design,” that called for teachers to first set learning outcomes and then back-map a curriculum to meet those goals. He passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday from a heart condition, and educators are writing tributes to him on various social media.
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New York Public Library's quirkiest inquries

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Today, we cast a nostalgic eye back in time – to the days when readers regarded librarians as a cross between oracles, therapists and confessors, phoning in the most personal, complex or frankly dotty questions which were dutifully copied out, often in longhand. The New York Public Library has been publishing a cache of vintage question cards on its Instagram account and on Twitter via the hashtag #letmelibrarianthatforyou
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Libraries could outlast the internet, head of British Library says

Libraries could outlast the internet, head of British Library says | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Stop worrying about whether libraries will survive the digital age, the head of the British Library has said, as he argues that they could outlast the internet.
Roly Keating, director of the British Library, said he was shocked at how many "smart people" still questioned whether libraries were still viable in the modern age.
Saying the institution had countless values worth defending, including trust, he argued that libraries could prove the most "powerful and resiliant network yet".
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A Short Appreciation for Grant Wiggins - Teach Like a Champion

As many of you probably already know, Grant Wiggins died suddenly yesterday. He’ll be remembered not just for his thought leadership but for the model he set for civilized, respectful, professional debate. I agreed with many things he wrote and saw some things differently… but I always learned something every time we spoke or interacted, and I learned in particular how to discuss and even disagree with collegiality from him. That aspect of his work was both special and rare, especially given his stature. He could have played the eminence grise and talked down to those who didn’t see it his way, but he didn’t.
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How making expands students' visions of themselves

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The goal of maker education is not college and career preparation. The goals are deeper learning and authentic engagement, with an emphasis on turning l
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A different college ranking guide

With rising high school seniors  about to jump head-first into their college applications, the following post tells about a new college ranking that looks at different data — and gives different weights to traditional measures — than the famous U.S. News & World Report, with the aim of making it easier for students to see what they are “likely to get into” and where they will have the best chances of graduating. This piece was written by Paul Glastris, editor in chief of the Washington Monthly, and co-author, with Jane Sweetland, of “The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You.”
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States Should Ditch 'Cut Scores' on New Tests

Raising standards should be about helping students achieve them over time, not condemning students to failure, argues Randi Weingarten.
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8 Ways to be a More Savvy Science Reader

8 Ways to be a More Savvy Science Reader | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How can you tell if scientific evidence is strong or weak?

The world abounds with evidence and studies, some of it good and some of it poor. How can you know what to trust? This card stack aims to guide you through tricky issues that can cloud your understanding of scientific findings.
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AASA The School Superintendents Association: School Administrator May 2015 Issue Highlights Role of School Librarians

AASA The School Superintendents Association: School Administrator May 2015 Issue Highlights Role of School Librarians | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

From Media Specialists to Digital Literacy Leaders 

BY DEBBIE T. TURNER AND MICHELE D. WHITE
 Recognizing the importance of school media centers to student success, the Mobile County, Ala., schools are transforming library media specialists into digital leaders, coaches and collaborative partners.

Roger J. Goudy: A school library with coffee service  

 

Teacher Librarians: Mavens in a Digital Age 

BY STEVEN T. WEBB AND MARK C. RAY
 The school district in Vancouver, Wash., is leveraging its librarians in new ways to address teachers’ instructional capacity and the readiness of students for whatever lies ahead.

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From a Sporadic Reader to an Avid Reader by Sarah Krajewski

From a Sporadic Reader to an Avid Reader by Sarah Krajewski | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

I hear the same line from reluctant readers every year: “Of course you’re an avid reader; you’re an English teacher.” My response is always the same: “I am now, but I wasn’t always.” 

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Young Writers, Bookseller Honored at Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2015 Literary Awards

Young Writers, Bookseller Honored at Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2015 Literary Awards | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The awards are presented annually by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Three young writers also won awards for their writing: 

Alicia Thurston, Topsham, for Poetry http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/31/maine-writers-publishers-alliance-2015-maine-literary-awards-youth-poetry/

Emily Noyes, Orono, for Fiction http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/31/maine-writers-publishers-alliance-2015-maine-literary-awards-youth-fiction/ ;

Faris Baziga, Portland for Nonfiction http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/31/maine-writers-publishers-alliance-2015-maine-literary-awards-youth-non-fiction/ ;

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Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions

Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Introduce students to the concept of executive functions, put it to work, referring frequently to these learning tools in positive, productive classroom interactions.
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Magna Carta at 800 | Explore Taylor & Francis Online

Magna Carta at 800 | Explore Taylor & Francis Online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This June marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. To acknowledge the legacy of this document in Law and society across the centuries, we are delighted to offer you free access to a range of articles exploring different aspects of Law.
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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How can educators decide which tech to use in the classroom? There are specialists who can help with that.
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Grant Wiggins on Edutopia

Grant Wiggins on Edutopia | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We were saddened to recently learn that Grant Wiggins has passed away. Grant was a remarkable educator and friend of Edutopia. Over the years, he collaborated with Edutopia on a number of articles, and we have collected them together here in his honor.
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Class Tech Tips: Stage App: Turn Your iPad into an Interactive Document Camera | Tech Learning

Teachers in one-iPad classrooms can turn their device into a document camera with lots of do-it-yourself tricks. The perfect app for turning your iPad into a presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. It lets users switch from a white board, image background, and camera all while writing on the screen.  Extra in app purchases let you unlock other features but Stage has lots of options for teachers who want to make use of free tools.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 20 | Internet Scout

The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 20 | Internet Scout | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2015/0522

 

Research and Education

  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership
  The Great War: A Visual History
  The Edublogger
  iWASwondering.org
  Darwin Manuscripts Project
  40 maps that explain outer space
  The Voting Rights Act of 1965
  The Library As Incubator Project

General Interest

  Longform
  Northern Arizona University: Colorado Plateau Archives
  BBC World Service: The Fifth Floor
  American Revolutionary War Era Maps
  Freakonomics Radio
  EDN Network
  The Hamilton Project
  The Aspen Art Museum

Network Tools

  Plotly
  Wix.com

In the News

  Remembering B.B. King, the King of Blues

 

Copyright © 2015 Internet Scout Research Group - https://scout.wisc.edu
The Internet Scout Research Group, located in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides Internet publications and software to the research and education communities under grants from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and other philanthropic organizations. Users may make and distribute verbatim copies of any of Internet Scout's publications or web content, provided this paragraph, including the above copyright notice, is preserved on all copies.

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