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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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New documentary explores ‘the digital divide’ - The Hechinger Report

The United States is likely to reach the goal of making sure every single public school has access to the internet by 2020, according to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit focused on this milestone. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.”
Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. And even before bandwidth, plenty of schools don’t have the laptops or tablets that students need to get online.
Meanwhile, wealthy districts go on purchasing the newest technologies to prepare their students for a world that increasingly runs on them.
The documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, who has covered addiction, nuclear radiation and the politics of the Mexican border fence, among other social issues, explores this persistent technology gap in her latest film, “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America.”
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Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World

Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To tell truth from fiction, start with quantitative thinking, argues the mathematician Rebecca Goldin.
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The National Book Awards Longlist: Fiction

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The New Yorker presents the longlist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction.
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There is no constitutional right to a high-quality public education. Should there be?

There is no constitutional right to a high-quality public education. Should there be? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
One historian argues yes.
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The Resegregation of Jefferson County

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What one Alabama town’s attempt to secede from its school district tells us about the fragile progress of racial integration in America.
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Carrie Firestone | Author

Carrie Firestone | Author | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A writing contest for teens asks them to describe how they would change the world. $1000 prize.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 37 

The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 37  | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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 
Crowd & The Cloud 
In The Library With The Lead Pipe 
Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761: A Cartographic Narrative Dickinson Electronic Archives 2 
KUT Podcasts: Higher Ed 
NCAR/ UCAR Research Applications Laboratory 
Polar Data Catalogue 
Internet Archive: The Burlington Magazine 

     General Interest 
Open Parks Network 
YouTube: Crash Course Computer Science 
Make Way for Democracy 
Pitt Med Magazine 
StoryCorps Blog 
About Art Nouveau 
Alternative Transport 

     Network Tools 
Art Up Your Tab plug-in 
Tribe 

     In the News 
Research Team Identifies Female DNA in Viking Cemetery in Sweden

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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Top 10 contemporary short stories

Top 10 contemporary short stories | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Ahead of 2017’s National short story prize, Jon McGregor reluctantly chooses ‘swoony’ work from recent years showing some of the ways to write them well
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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid And Ali Smith

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid And Ali Smith | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The 2017 nominees for the U.K.'s top literary prize include a hefty dose of marquee authors, such as Paul Auster. But the list also features a pair of debuts, from Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley.
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Lessons from ISTE 2017

Lessons from ISTE 2017 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Muscling through gut churn, raising our voices in Washington, learning to “fail forward” and addressing the “bravery gap” in our discussions about STEM were just some of the heartfelt messages delivered by the keynote speakers at this year’s ISTE conference. Here is a roundup of takeaways. Jad Abumrad. ISTE.
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The National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature

The National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The New Yorker presents the longlist for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
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Review: We the (Library-Card Carrying) People of ‘Ex Libris’

Review: We the (Library-Card Carrying) People of ‘Ex Libris’ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In his magnificent documentary, “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library,” Frederick Wiseman takes his camera into the halls where people read, learn and seek a perfect union.
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Feds Award Millions For Autism Research

Feds Award Millions For Autism Research | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The federal government is handing out nearly $100 million with an eye toward better understanding autism and developing interventions for the condition.
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14 surprising facts about educators’ social media use

14 surprising facts about educators’ social media use | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Recently, 1,000 K-8 teachers shared how they are using social media personally, professionally and as a communication tool with parents and students.
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9 Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Students

9 Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Between the social-media-fueled pressure, college admissions madness and bullying culture, schools today can be a minefield. We collected some education-themed Op-Eds to help guide families as they settle into the new year.
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More programs give special attention to first-generation university students

More programs give special attention to first-generation university students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
USM and other schools recognize the newcomers need help navigating campus life and study demands, which are unlike anything the first-in-the-family students have known.
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House OKs Bill to Slash Education Budget as School Choice Push Loses Out

The House of Representatives voted to cut about 3.5 percent from the U.S. Department of Education's budget on Thursday, although the Senate's funding bill would cut less and take a different approach in several respects.
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This Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element

This Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The ability to name all of the elements on the periodic table from actinium to zinc is an impressive feat. Actually being able to explain how each element functions in the real world is a little more challenging.
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5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character

5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Five short films and a set of resources for celebrating Character Day on September 13.
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Making the Most of a 90-Minute Block

Making the Most of a 90-Minute Block | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Whether you're brand-new to block scheduling or you've been doing it for years, these strategies will have you handling those 90 minutes like a boss.
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Found: The Oldest Example of the Symbol for 'Zero'

Found: The Oldest Example of the Symbol for 'Zero' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A manuscript full of nothings dates back to the 3rd or 4th century.
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Why a live, star-studded (Tom Hanks, Common, etc.) TV show on school reform is a problem

Why a live, star-studded (Tom Hanks, Common, etc.) TV show on school reform is a problem | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Do new technologies require us to rethink the purpose of American education? If the primary goal of school is to teach students to build products, the answer might be yes. But interviews my research team has conducted with educators and parents show that Americans maintain broad and complex aims for education.

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ESSA: Four Takeaways on the First State Plans to Win Approval

ESSA: Four Takeaways on the First State Plans to Win Approval | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The department's feedback on plans may not be as influential as you'd expect. 

The feds flagged certain issues with state plans. But by and large, states didn't make big revisions in those areas—and got approved any way. 
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Letting Teachers Be Free

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Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.
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Why 'Learning Styles' and Other Education Neuromyths Won't Go Away

Why 'Learning Styles' and Other Education Neuromyths Won't Go Away | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Exposure to neuroscience can help dispel—but doesn't eliminate—beliefs in neuromyths among educators and the general public, a study finds.
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