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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'

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This educator writes that use of the phrase "achievement gap" can imply racial bias.

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The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Happy Friday, everyone. The Friday, that is, that will forever be known as the day after The Day The Internet Exploded Over The Dress Color Thing.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Resources to Help Students Understand the Cost of Living

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Here are five good resources for helping students learn about the cost of living.

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Maine won't issue A-F grades to schools this year - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

A new assessment test in use means grading of schools will happen next in the fall of 2016 with two years of data.
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Los Angeles Unified Reverses 1-to-1 Direction -- THE Journal

Los Angeles Unified School District is backing away from its much-publicized 1-to-1 program.
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Smithsonian Libraries offer artists' books collection online » MobyLives

Smithsonian Libraries offer artists' books collection online » MobyLives | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Artists’ books are works of art, like paintings or sculptures, but in book form… Some are experimental and done by artists better known as painters or sculptors, as a way to extend their artistic practice. Many artists use the book format to create narratives to deal with difficult issues, with ideas that cannot be conveyed as clearly on a canvas or other medium. Some artist-made books illustrate the words of others, integrating art and literature. And some artists’ books do not have words at all. As a work created by an artist, the nature, appearance and purpose, of an artist’s book can be fundamentally different from what one might find on the shelves of the library.
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Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement

Inserting longer pauses throughout classroom instruction time can help students and educators open up to greater possibilities.
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Freedom of speech, backlash of anger over four words at South Portland High School - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Three students who made others aware of their right not to say the Pledge of Allegiance are stunned by the emotional reaction.
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I tried to use the Internet to do historical research. It was nearly impossible.

I tried to use the Internet to do historical research. It was nearly impossible. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This mass of data we have, far from rendering the archive unintelligible, may give us richer and more fruitful answers. We just need to work out the right questions to ask.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 6

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

 

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2015/0213 ;

 

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

 

Research and Education

  State House Women's Leadership Project
  E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
  Medical Xpress: Neuroscience News
  Urban Sketchers
  Time to end extreme inequality: Oxfam International
  National Park Service: African American Heritage
  Nature Plants
  Code.org

 

General Interest

  Sing Out!
  Scientia Salon
  Birds of North America
  Laughing Squid
  James Beard Foundation Blog
  World Science Festival
  40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

 

Network Tools

  History: Maps of the World
  Wikipanion

 

In the News

  New insights into the Earth’s ‘inner-inner core’

 

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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10 Tools to Celebrate Black History This Month and Year-Round

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"February is Black History Month: a time to commemorate the achievements and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history. In classrooms across the country, teachers will aim to strike a balance between the triumphs and ingenuity of African Americans in politics, literature, the arts, science while also addressing the struggle for justice." Graphite reviews 10 online resources for helping to teach this topic.

 
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9 Ways To Help Students Learn Through Their Mistakes

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9 Ways To Help Students Learn Through Their Mistakes
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The Impact of Assigned Reading on Reading Pleasure in Young Adults

This research presents the results of a survey of 833 U.S. adolescents, ages twelve to eighteen years old. It was hypothesized that teachers are assigning reading (rather than students self-selecting books) and that this leads to dissatisfaction with reading. Additional factors (gender, age, and self-identification as a reader) were also examined for their influence on reading satisfaction. The results indicate that approximately one-third of the respondents were allowed to select books for school reading assignments and that self-selection had a statistical impact on their self-perceived reading pleasure. Limitations include geographic location, a non-random sample, and data collection by various surveyors. This study adds to the growing body of research showing that student self-selection of reading materials leads to greater pleasure and interest in reading.
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Google Play Music Is Now an Even Better Spotify Alternative

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Google Play Music just upped the capacity of it's free music locker service from 20,000 songs to a whopping 50,000.

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From Seat Time to Mastery: Maine Schools Transition to Proficiency-Based Diplomas (Harvard Education Letter)

Perhaps no state better illustrates this burgeoning movement than Maine, where, in 2012, state legislators passed a law requiring that by 2018 all of its high schools issue proficiency-based diplomas—a “certification,” as a Maine Department of Education official puts it, that students are proficient in district-defined standards and other skills. The law was the culmination of six years of work by the state department of education to identify a better way to prepare high school students for the next chapter of their lives. Maine educational officials organized proficiency-based education training across the state and underwrote pilots in several school districts.
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Tackling Eating Disorders With School-Based Initiatives - US News

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Training teachers, coaches, nurses and other school staff to spot the warning signs of eating disorders is “crucial because we know that early intervention is key,” says Tiffany Phillips, clinical program manager of the Renfrew Center of Nashville in Brentwood, Tennessee, which treats females ages 13 and older.
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Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.

Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all find a preference for old-fashioned print.
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A superintendent says refusing Common Core tests is ‘dangerous.’ A mom says he’s wrong.

Superintendent says opt-out movement is "political hysteria." A mom, who was educated in the school system that he now runs, blasts him for it.
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Bill calls for notices on right to opt out of school testing - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Parents need to be aware of that ability amid a growing trend, the sponsor says.
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Google's Secret Weapon In The Battle For The Internet Of Things: Academia

Google Research, Google’s portal to the academic world, is making major investments right now, building up an innovation and research program dedicated to the nascent collection of products and technologies collectively known as the Internet of Things (IoT). It's created a research grant program called Open Web of Things to attract talent to the company, as well as to fund and give technical support to promising research groups in academia. The application process is now closed, and Google will choose the recipients by this spring.
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Proposal to Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History Moves Ahead in Oklahoma

Proposal to Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History Moves Ahead in Oklahoma | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

UPDATE (2/19): After receiving national attention on the issue, Rep. Fisher has decided to pull the bill in order to rewrite it, reports The Oklahoman. The new bill would call not for elimination of the AP U.S. History course, but rather for a review of the new framework.

"We're trying to fix the bill," Fisher said, according to the paper. "It was very poorly worded and was incredibly ambiguous, and we didn't realize that, so it's been misinterpreted. We're going to clear it up so folks will know exactly what we're trying to accomplish, and it's not to hurt AP. We're very supportive of the AP program."

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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 7

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


 https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2015/0220

 

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

 

Research and Education

  Civil War Ballooning
  Penn Museums: African Section
  Quanta Magazine
  Treehugger
  Natural Start Alliance
  Close to Home: A Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small

Communities and Rural Areas

  The Concord Consortium Blog

 

General Interest

  Map: The Most Common Job in Every State
  Looking at Appalachia
  Menus: The Art of Dining
  Skeptical Science: Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism
  Football Films Collection
  National Endowment for the Humanities Newsroom
  Charleston Earthquake, 1886

 

Network Tools

  Google Alerts
  Lightbeam for Firefox 1.2.1

 

In the News

  Black History Month

 

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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Read the Lost Sherlock Holmes Story That Was Just Discovered in a Scotland Attic

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In November, we presented for you a quick way to download The Complete Sherlock Holmes -- not knowing that, a few months later, a lost Sherlock Holmes story, seemingly attributed to Arthur Conan Doyle, would be discovered in an attic in Scotland.
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How do you fix America’s high schools? We’re going to find out.

How do you fix America’s high schools? We’re going to find out. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Hechinger Report is embarking on a two-year series about high school reform.
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