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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'

Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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

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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

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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

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Object Lesson

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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.
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Survey Shows Teachers, Parents Place Value on Music Education

Survey Shows Teachers, Parents Place Value on Music Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new survey of parents and teachers shows how strongly they feel about music education and I pull out some of the more interesting points.
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The best literary magazines around - Picador

The best literary magazines around - Picador | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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. 
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Let Kids Fidget in Class: Why It Can Be Good For Those with ADHD

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There's a correlation between physical movement and mental work, new research suggests. For kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, that may mean bouncing a knee helps sharpen their focus.
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Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science

Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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.
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Aligning an Existing Curriculum to the NGSS

Aligning an Existing Curriculum to the NGSS | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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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Panel votes to dump Smarter Balanced school test after debut year

AUGUSTA, Maine — After its debut year, Maine appears to be on the path to dumping its brand new statewide test meant to measure what students have learned. That means whatever state assessment comes next would be the third that Maine schools have seen in as many years. On Monday, [...]
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Don’t Let Class Tech Be Just a Garnish

Don’t Let Class Tech Be Just a Garnish | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"It’s been said before, but it bears repeating, that technology, whether in the form of a device or an application, is but a tool in our teaching toolbox. It needs to be an integral and vital part of the lesson, and must truly improve the instruction."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 19, 9:36 PM

We need to use digital tools in meaningful ways. Technology is about a conversation with and about our tools. Whitehead used the word genius to describe the way teachers care for the place, people, and tools they are in relationship with. Heidegger likened using tools to good and thoughtful craftsmanship.

 

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Jess Johnson's curator insight, May 20, 3:00 AM

Good for the other side of the argument in the electronic educational debate. Informative.

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Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results

Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The effect of banning mobile phones from school premises adds up to the equivalent of an extra week’s schooling over a pupil’s academic year, according to research by Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy, published by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics
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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

How making expands students' visions of themselves | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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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7 Simple Steps to Maintain Classroom Culture

7 Simple Steps to Maintain Classroom Culture | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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.
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The unexpected plot twists in one senior’s college admissions journey

The seventh and final installment in a series about one New Hampshire senior's quest to apply to college. Where she got accepted and where she decided to go.
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‘Never touch anything under a desk.’ Seniors pen funny, painful recollections about what they learned in school.

High school seniors around the country are wrapping up their K-12 education, and in at least one class, they are looking to assess what they learned, and facing their fears for the future.
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PBL: What Does It Take for a Project to Be "Authentic"?

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John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education looks at the criteria determining whether or not project based learning is authentic, and how important this distinction might be.
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Is America Failing Its Children by Not Teaching Code in Every High School?

Is America Failing Its Children by Not Teaching Code in Every High School? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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.
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Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say

Asked to identify obstacles to student achievement, the best educators point to factors outside class.
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College financial aid letters can get complicated, but are rarely trickery - The Hechinger Report

"Financial aid letters are far from perfect, but critics who say colleges are intentionally misleading, as did some of those quoted in a recent Hechinger Report article, are mistaken. For critics to say this is standard practice serves no one — students, families or colleges."

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Legislature’s Education Committee votes to drop Maine’s standardized test

The education committee also unanimously supported a bill to create a 15-member working group to explore how to move ahead with the state’s plans for “standards-based diplomas” aimed at ensuring students are proficient in key subject areas before graduating.
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