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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 Dangers of Reading in Bed

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In 18th-century Europe, the practice was considered a menace to life and property, but mostly to morals. An Object Lesson.
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8 Ideas to Make the End of the Year Race Better

8 Ideas to Make the End of the Year Race Better | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Have your students told you yet how many days that are left?  While it has been awhile for me, I can still feel it creeping up, sneaking up, whether we are ready or not; for many of us in the Northern hemisphere, the end of the year is near.  And if your students are anything like ours, then there may be excitement in the air mixed with a special kind of exhaustion that is threatening to derail even the best-laid plans.  So what can you, along with your awesome students, do to make these last few days or weeks better?  Here are a few ideas.
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Deering High may be first U.S. school to offer athletic hijabs - Portland Press Herald

Deering High may be first U.S. school to offer athletic hijabs - Portland Press Herald | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Portland school is offering the lightweight headscarves for female Muslim athletes.
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"Seriously? Seriously." The Importance of Teaching Reading and Writing in Social Media

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The presentation of facts is seen as partisan opinion, and then every day a barrage of untruths are presented as truth, and we’re just supposed to suck it up. That’s the moment we live in. That’s our country right now. And this is going to continue after this election, no matter who wins. Like, this is the rest of our lives, I think, this post-truth politics. With so many of us getting our news from social media and from sources that we agree with, it’s easier than ever to check if a fact is true, and facts matter less than ever. — Ira Glass, on This American Life
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The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 20 


This week's Scout Report reviews the online resources listed below. Visit the Scout Report here: 
to read the detailed annotations of each resources and get direct links to the sites.

     Research and Education 
Hidden Patterns of the Civil War 
Mathematics Assessment Project 
The Cell Image Library 
ArtsEdge 
National Archives of Japan Digital Archive 
Scottish Chapbooks 
YouTube: Above the Noise 
Child Trends: Databank Indicators 

     General Interest 
Books, Health, and History 
Mapping Performance Culture: Nottingham 
Tea Bag Index 
Font Map
Library of Congress Collection: Aaron Copland Collection 
Science Friday: Space Seen Through a Window 
Flickr: The Commons 
DPLA: American Empire 

     Network Tools 
Signal Private Messenger 
Open Broadcaster Studio 

     In the News 
Botticelli Comes to the United States in a New Exhibit that Highlights the Artist's Full, Complex Oeuvre

Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group - http://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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Ancient libraries

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How were books stored and accessed in the ancient world? Matthew Nicholls explores what the surviving evidence of ancient books can tell us about libraries in antiquity.
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Q&A With Peggy Orenstein: Sex Education Isn't Working for Girls

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Journalist Peggy Orenstein says parents and schools need to speak more openly with youths, especially young women, about sex.
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Have Fun and Save the Galaxy: 7 Lessons for Teachers From #GuardiansoftheGalaxy

Hey there, True Believer! This article discusses lessons learned from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as they apply to teaching and our students. While there’s mention of both films and their characters, there aren’t any real spoilers--no big scenes ruined or surprises spoiled. I do discuss the characters and their goals in a general sense, but no more than a teaser trailer might. Read on, True Believer!
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Aligning the Standards in Project Based Learning: 12 Essential Questions to Answer

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PBL must be intentionally planned with standards in mind, while also making sure all the scaffolding and the components in the project are aligned. From project start to finish.
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Cracking the teacher recruitment and retention code

The reasons the teachers I work with have chosen to stay at such a high-poverty school have everything to do with these abstract “working conditions” that aren’t as easy to quantify as criteria like class size, salary, or benefits. Deeply felt at a visceral level, these factors include respect, support, professional autonomy, opportunities to innovate, and the chance to collaborate with like-minded colleagues.
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Beware the New Amazon Buy Box: When "New" Books Aren't New

Beware the New Amazon Buy Box: When "New" Books Aren't New | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Why you need to be wary of Amazon's new buy box policy for new books.
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Study: Bullying persists in school, Reports of sex crime up

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a federal study released Tuesday. "There are areas of concern in terms of bullying and rates of victimization being high," said Lauren Musu-Gillette, one of the authors of the report by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Justice Department. "We are seeing a long term decline, but we still want people to be paying attention to areas where rates are still high."
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Brewer School Department pays $1,400 in ‘ransom’ to unlock computer system

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The Brewer School Department paid $1,400 to unlock its computers after an employee apparently clicked on a link that allowed a “ransomware virus” to corrupt the system. Maine news, sports, politics and election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
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Do your students know how to balance time spent online & offline?

Do your students know how to balance time spent online & offline? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We asked 7 experts to share their best tips for teaching teens how to create a healthy balance between time spent online and offline.
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Gmail: Set Up Canned Responses - Teacher Tech

Gmail: Set Up Canned Responses - Teacher Tech | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Gmail canned responses allows you to send the same email content repeatedly without having to retype or copy and paste the email.
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How is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction? - Education Next

How is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction? - Education Next | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
If greater attention is not paid to supporting teachers to implement new standards and reduce coverage of deemphasized content, the standards may not have much effect.
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Here are the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards

Here are the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The best science fiction and fantasy stories from 2016
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Why we shouldn’t celebrate the huge drop in school bullying

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Bullying is a big deal. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, more than one out of every five American students reported being bullied in 2015. Research shows that bullies (pdf) are at a greater risk for academic problems, substance use, and violent behavior later in adolescence and adulthood. 

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Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms?

Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teacher talk still dominates high school classrooms, but it doesn't have to, and here are a few reasons why.
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Emerging Research on K-12 Computer Science Education: 6 Trends to Watch

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As "computer science for all" takes off, researchers are racing to investigate key questions around access, assessment, and implementation.
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Transforming Learning Spaces With (or Without) Technology: 7 Questions With Robert Dillon -- THE Journal

Transforming Learning Spaces With (or Without) Technology: 7 Questions With Robert Dillon -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Robert Dillon is a an expert in K–12 learning spaces, and loves to explore the intersections of technology and learning space design.
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College Board, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Team Up on Pathways Work

College Board, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Team Up on Pathways Work | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The College Board and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced a two-year partnership aimed at expanding access for low-income and rural students to college preparation and planning tools.
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New Congressional push for student outcomes data

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House Democrats begin new higher ed campaign — GAO will review federal funding requirement
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Schools bulk up their internet speed

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Educators and students, of course, increasingly rely on the internet for everything from online curriculum and research to playing edu-games and posting grades.
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