AUGUSTA, Maine — The heads of Maine’s three public higher education systems told lawmakers on Tuesday that their institutions are in the midst of change but would come out at the other end better than they are today. “Our universities face an unprecedented combination of economic, demographic and competitive challenges,” [...]
But don’t write the obituary yet. It would be a mistake to call this a retreat, or an admission of failure. This is actually Google doing what Google does best: relentlessly optimizing its products based on data and feedback.
Chromebooks are getting more and more popular in education, the workplace and at home. They are very useful and capable, but I still hear "but they are only a web browser" "they can't do much" etc. when in reality, they can do pretty much everything.
UPDATE: They also work offline, contrary to popular belief
Heather Perkinson's insight:
Chrome (Browser and Chromebook) Extensions - my favorites and recommendations
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm LEWISTON — After hearing several teachers say the new Maine Educational Assessment Smarter Balanced tests taken on iPads “don't work,” Lewiston School Committee Chairman Jim Handy asked the School Department on Tuesday to tell the state he doesn't want students using “an incomplete” state product.
Conflicts about how to teach children American history began almost as early as the subject itself. This school year, the fury is over the new U.S. History Advanced Placement course—in particular, whether its perspective is overly cynical about the country’s past. The controversy raises significant questions about the role of revisionism in education: How should students learn about oppression and exploitation alongside the great achievements of their country? And who decides which events become part of the national narrative as more information comes to light?
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.
A panel discusses ways to implement research in teaching practice and makes these four recommendations: 1)Look for evidence of our impact, 2) Avoid poor choices 3) Do "cool things" and 4) Be a research leader
In too many places, however, efforts are underway to craft systems that disregard the art of teaching in favor of the (misunderstood) science of measurement. These sorts of systems are more about pushing people out than lifting them up, and they continue to act as though the intellectual growth of students (and a narrow definition of it at that) is the preeminent measure of an effective teacher.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Students frustrated over a new standardized test walked out of schools around New Mexico in protest Monday as the new exam was being given.
The backlash came as millions of U.S. students started taking more rigorous exams aligned with Common Core standards. Many parents and students around the country have opted out of the exams. Others are lobbying lawmakers and education officials for change.
David Weinberger is senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and has been instrumental in the development of ideas about the impact of the web. Shortly before his recent keynote presentation at OCLC’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Florence, he spoke with Sarah Bartlett about the library-sized hole in the Internet and how a ‘library graph’ might help librarians to fill it.
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Research and Education
Presidential Oral History eGFI Dream Up the Future Measuring Student Debt and Its Performance PDF Maker Space at NYSCI Beyond the Numbers Claudio Beagarie Photographs of California Farm Workers Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections Charles Darwin Letters
Tom Wark's Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog Abbott and Costello TED Talks: How to go to space, without having to go to space GenealogyInTime Magazine One Earth Sangha Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald Margaret Herrick Library: Academy Awards Collection
If This Then That Survey Monkey
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A Cup of Coffee a Day Just Might Keep the Doctor Away
“Thirteen years of NCLB has produced a number of lessons about what works and what doesn’t work in school improvement. It might be time to take a look at data dashboards as a new way of approaching school accountability.”
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