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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 Scout Report -- Volume 20, Number 40 Internet Scout

The Scout Report -- Volume 20, Number 40 Internet Scout | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This week's Scout Report reviews the following online resources. Visit theScout Report at: 

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2014/1017

to get the links and read the annotations for each resource.

Research and Education

  Measurement Science for Complex Information Systems
  Human Development Reports
  bioRxiv.org
  Children’s Books
  eLIFE
  Online Statistics Education
  Bringing Star Power to Earth
  The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

General Interest

  explore
  American Institute of Physics
  Green Revolution: Curse or Blessing?
  American Historical Association
  The Arts at MIT
  Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions
  Fun English Games for Kids - Free Teaching Resources Online

Network Tools

  Mailbox
  BigOven

In the News

  500 Pound Kangaroos Didn’t Hop, Skip, or Jump

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What is Vine? A Parent Guide (Video) - Safe Smart & Social

What is Vine? A Parent Guide (Video) - Safe Smart & Social | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We created this parents video to help you better understand what is Vine, the popular app that kids are using.
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This site is a great resource for information about any apps that students are using. Although it's aimed at parents, there is useful (crucial?) information here for educators.

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Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Sleep is learning, of a very specific kind. “Sleep Study Skills” can help our teenagers game the system — and get enough sleep.
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On Wisconsin Magazine

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I'm sharing this article about card catalogs and the script that all librarians learned and used to write the cards because we have been discussing handwriting and cursive at our school after administering the PSAT, which requires that students handwrite, in cursive, a statement on their answer sheet. See the cursive script known as Library Hand here: http://www.yuoiea.com/uoiea/index.php?id=255

 

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Learning From Live Theater: Students realize gains from theater trips - Research

Learning From Live Theater: Students realize gains from theater trips - Research | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students realize gains in knowledge, tolerance, and more
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The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies

The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Fraud, financial mismanagement, lousy results: Reports highlight awful charter schools and people are catching on

Via Jon Samuelson, gwynethjones
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I've always been leery of Charter Schools - esp. after touring several w/ the ISTE Board of Directors  - Mostly biased because they RARELY if EVER have School Libraries! Grrrrr!

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How Tuition Tracker helps kids compare colleges – and other tips for overwhelmed parents - The Hechinger Report

How Tuition Tracker helps kids compare colleges – and other tips for overwhelmed parents  - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Hechinger Report's Liz Willen's list of dos and don't for parents in the college app process.

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Is It Ever Okay to Make Teachers Read Scripted Lessons?

Is It Ever Okay to Make Teachers Read Scripted Lessons? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
American entrepreneurs have created a popular alternative to Kenya's dismal public schools. The key: handing out e-readers and making sure teachers recite every page.
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Schools in Trans*ition: Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse Students in K-12 Education | Special Collections | University of Southern Maine

Schools in Trans*ition: Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse Students in K-12 Education | Special Collections | University of Southern Maine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30 PM

University Event Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Library

Join us for a panel discussion followed by a community dialogue about the daunting array of challenges facing gender-nonconforming young people in public education. Will the school and their fellow students accept their gender identity and support them? Public awareness of transgender people and the challenges they face is growing and schools are wrestling with the situation.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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Nashville Public Library promotes library cards with pop song

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The Nashville Public Library decided to promote and celebrate library cards by covering one of the most popular songs right now.
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Happy Friday, everyone!

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Why Students Don't Read What is Assigned in Class - YouTube

This video taken in an English class interviews high school students who have rediscovered the habit of reading after being allowed to spend a semester reading books of their own choosing rather than "classics" that are assigned. It leaves unanswered the question of, in the context of such a policy, when or if students will learn how to read such challenging literature.  Clearly, though, the more traditional method of assigning books in the hopes that students would attempt is flawed.

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U.S. high school dropout rate reaches record low, driven by improvements among Hispanics, blacks

U.S. high school dropout rate  reaches record low, driven by improvements among Hispanics, blacks | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Just 7% of the nation's 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school in 2013, continuing a steady decline in the nation's dropout rate since 2000, when 12% of youth were dropouts.
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Online Tool Aims To Turn Admissions Interviews Into Virtual Events -- THE Journal

Online Tool Aims To Turn Admissions Interviews Into Virtual Events -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new virtual meeting is designed to allow prospective students to schedule interviews with college admissions officers online.
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Appeals Court Overturns Important Fair Use Win Concerning University 'E-Reserves' -- But Potentially For Good Reasons

Appeals Court Overturns Important Fair Use Win Concerning University 'E-Reserves' -- But Potentially For Good Reasons | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

An important decision which concerns the Fair Use aspect of copyright law--the one which most often pertains to educational re-use of copyrighted content. 

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The future of the book

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This lengthy essay, entitled "The Future of the Book: From Papyrus to Pixels, was published in The Economist's October 11th issue. Online, you can choose your mode of consumption: audio, digital, or print facsimile.

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Teacher shares 3 key insights after 'eye-opening' day shadowing students

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A teacher has shared 'eye-opening' insights about daily school life, after she spent time shadowing two high school students and wrote about her experience in a blog post that has now gone viral.
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Read the original post written by the teacher here: http://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/a-veteran-teacher-turned-coach-shadows-2-students-for-2-days-a-sobering-lesson-learned/

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Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College

Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they're from urban, suburban or rural areas.

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Kelly Fitzgerald ~ EdTech Nut: My Favorite Chrome Extensions for the Week - October 13th

Kelly Fitzgerald ~ EdTech Nut: My Favorite Chrome Extensions for the Week - October 13th | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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How a national moratorium on standardized testing could work

How a national moratorium on standardized testing could work | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A fact sheet on why it's time to stop giving high-stakes standardized tests to kids.
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Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines

Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As search engines get better, we become lazier. We're hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions
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The Teachers

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by Sarah Blaine We all know what teachers do, right? After all, we were all students. Each one of us, each product of public education, we each sat through class after class for thirteen years. We ...
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What Fresh Hell is This? | CTQ

What Fresh Hell is This? | CTQ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Feeling overwhelmed by technology? Irritated by the fact that we are in the midst of yet another "connected educator" month (and haven't we already had one this year)? This column puts social media and personal learning networks in perspective.

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School districts moving to cut reliance on test scores to evaluate schools

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"Big school districts around the country — including in New York City — are starting to lessen their misplaced reliance on student standardized test scores to evaluate schools, as this roundup of “test reform” news shows. And some are doing it in unusual ways."

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12 Conversation Starters on What Parents Want You (Teachers) to Know

12 Conversation Starters on What Parents Want You (Teachers) to Know | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Principal and blogger Joe Mazza looks through the lens of his school's parents and suggests 12 conversations that all teachers should be having with their students' parents.
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