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.
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.
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
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".
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.
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.”
Many schools across the country just completed their last major break of the year, which means it is one mad dash to the finish line. It is a time when teachers and students alike begin to look forward to beach chairs, backyard bbqs, and hitting snooze on the alarm. As much promise as all this forward thinking holds, it can take one’s eye off the ball and wreak havoc on a classroom culture.
There are many reasons why American schools are poor at teaching coding—so many that the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) published a 75-page report enumerating them. The biggest issue is that the public-school system is decentralized. Most public schools follow national teaching guidelines—the Common Core—and complete standardized tests based on those, but states and local bodies make classroom-level decisions.
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.
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.
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.
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
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For many of us, our book collections are, in at least one major way, tantamount to our children—they are manifestations of our identity, embodiments of our selfhood; they are a dynamic interior heftily externalized, a sensibility, a worldview defined and objectified. For readers, what they read is where they’ve been, and their collections are evidence of the trek.
Imagine it: comfy chair, blanket, tea or coffee or a glass of wine, your favourite literary magazine. Could there be a more perfect way to pass the time? This list features a select few literary journals, quarterlies and online magazines that we love to lose ourselves in.
Every time we impose gender on an action or a role—and every time we reinforce that gendering—we are placing limits on people. “Boys with toys” is a very specific stereotype of scientists. It brings to mind not only the phrase “boys will be boys,” one that tends to exempt boys and men from paying attention to culturally appropriate behavior, but also the idea that scientists perform science only for their own enjoyment.
My freshman class uses the Levine and Miller Biology Textbook from 2004, and there’s no sign that any money will be available anytime soon for a new textbook even though our state will likely be adopting the NGSS. That leaves me, like many other teachers, looking at a somewhat outdated textbook and finding a way to update a curriculum to align it with the new standards.
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