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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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In wake of Bapst revelations, schools can help teach teens safe Internet use

The importance and influence of technology grows each year, as students of all ages have broad access to the Internet, especially through mobile phones. That includes a vast, seemingly limitless array of knowledge but also hazards that can be easy to fall into.
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How Technology is Not Ruining My Classroom

How Technology is Not Ruining My Classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"I have come to understand that technology is the sea in which today’s students swim. They grew up in this water. It is how they communicate and how they learn about the world. This new perspective makes it obvious to me that taking kids totally out of their ocean in order to learn, does not really make much sense."

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Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Despite cautionary tales of teens and social networks, students have a lot to gain from incorporating what they learn in their personal digital space to the classroom.
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Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools

Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
While it's clear that libraries and librarians have a significantly positive impact on students and schools, we still have to fight to keep these vital resources in our schools and municipalities.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 29, 11:56 AM

So well said! I wish I had the nerve to share this with my district supe! #NotThatDaring! LOL

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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 12

The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 12 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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

 

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2015/0327

 

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

 

Research and Education

  Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  Common Core State Standards Initiative
  Eurasia Outlook - Carnegie Moscow Center
  The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
  National Science Foundation YouTube Channel
  Cato Policy Report
  250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives

 

General Interest

 On Broadway
  Grand Teton National Park
  Landscape Architecture
  The Muse
  Alabama History Online
  PandoDaily
  Syriaca.org: The Syriac Gazetteer

 

Network Tools

  Tails
  Mailpile

 

In the News

  The Risks of Being Lonely

 

Copyright © 2015 Internet Scout Research Group -https://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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40 maps that explain the world

40 maps that explain the world | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Visualizing everything from the spread of religion to the most racially tolerant countries to the world's writing systems.
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WeAreTeachers: Say This, Not That: A Guide to Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations About Teaching

What to say (and what not to say) to that person at the party who loves to grill you about teaching.
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Librarian hero of Michael Brown unrest wins Lemony Snicket award

Librarian hero of Michael Brown unrest wins Lemony Snicket award | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Scott Bonner, who kept his library open while the nearby Ferguson riots closed schools, honoured for his work as a ‘quiet hero’ sustaining services for young readers
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Finland’s school reforms won't scrap subjects altogether

Finland’s school reforms won't scrap subjects altogether | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Curriculum reforms being introduced in Finland from 2016 will set aside time for 'phenomenon-based' learning across subjects.
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History Comes Alive in Graphic Novels!

History Comes Alive in Graphic Novels! | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A selection of graphic novels that feature historical subjects, themes and settings.

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Grading Teachers by the Test - NYTimes.com

Grading Teachers by the Test - NYTimes.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The question is, what will happen when teachers are systematically rewarded, or punished, based to some extent on standardized tests? If we really want our children to learn more, the design of any system must be carefully thought through, to avoid sending incentives astray.

“When you put a lot of weight on one measure, people will try to do well on that measure,” Jonah Rockoff of Columbia said. “Some things they do will be good, in line with the objectives. Others will amount to cheating or gaming the system.”
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Rome to Rococo: 7 Art History Apps and Sites

Rome to Rococo: 7 Art History Apps and Sites | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Gone are the days of dusty slides, dimmed lights, and the sound of a shuffling projector. The digital shift has drastically changed how we study art history. Slides are now high-resolution images. Museum visits are bolstered with virtual tours. Thirty-pound textbooks are reborn as online databases. Naturally, these changes have generated tons of new resources -- not just vast databases, but also curricular resources to build lessons and engage students."

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2015 NCAA basketball champs — by academic performance

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The Education Department published on its Homeroom blog  a piece titled “A Different Approach to NCAA Bracketology,” which looks at which schools would come out on top if academic performance were considered for both men and women in the March Madness tournaments.
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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?
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Note-Taking: Key to Learning or Waste of Time?

Note-Taking: Key to Learning or Waste of Time? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I do wonder sometimes about whether: (1) As educators, we unwittingly impose our own learning styles and beliefs on a different generation that learn differently and have different learning needs?; (2) We are clear on what the purpose of note-taking is in 2015? (3) There is a single answer to the question about whether students should take notes on paper or a computer?
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10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use - Free Technology for Teachers:

10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use - Free Technology for Teachers: | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne shares ten techniques to help students become better searchers with Google. Some of his suggestions may be new to you and a number provide links to additional information.

You can download a copy of the pdf from Scribd (free of charge).


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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 6, 9:23 AM

Love this!

Sally Tilley's curator insight, March 8, 5:37 PM

Love a tip summary! Thank yo for shariing

Lee Hall's curator insight, March 13, 2:54 PM

Students do need to know how to search. It can save you so much time and produce much better results.

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FACT CHECK: Myths in the Political Roar Over Common Core

FACT CHECK: Myths in the Political Roar Over Common Core | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.
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Great Games, Apps, and Sites for Geometry

Great Games, Apps, and Sites for Geometry | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here's a collection of some great tools to use with your geometry students. Whether you're teaching explicit skills or encouraging exploration and play for conceptual development, these tools can help your students' geometric knowledge really take shape!
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Review of Math Programs Comes Under Fire

Review of Math Programs Comes Under Fire | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Publishers and others are hammering a Consumer Reports-style review of math instructional materials that faulted programs for failing to align to the common core.
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What if a high school diploma guaranteed a highly paid job? - The Hechinger Report

What if a high school diploma guaranteed a highly paid job? - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As a movement to reform high school gains momentum around the country, vocational education is being revived. New models are seeking to change the reputation of career and technical classes as dumping grounds for the students who can’t make it in the academic track.
These new programs emphasize both careers and college, and though they tend to promise an internship or interview with partner companies that can lead to opportunities, they don’t go so far as to guarantee a job.
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Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry.
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In Education, Motivation Doesn't Matter

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At schools around the globe, girls outscore boys, and bored students are better test takers than their more motivated peers. These topsy-turvy observations are the latest findings in a report from the Washington-based Brookings Institution, research that is part of a long-running series that aims to put a finger on the pulse of academics in the United States and abroad.
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Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests

Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine who did some research on the new Common Core tests that her students are taking this spring. In Maine, students are taking the Maine Educational Assessments in math and English Language Arts, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two multi-state consortia given a total of some $360 million in federal funds to develop new exams that align with the Core standards. In this post, Talmage reports on what she found.
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10 Good Habits for Students: How Top Students Learn | ExamTime

10 Good Habits for Students: How Top Students Learn | ExamTime | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
These good habits for students are based on how the learning strategies top students use to reach their goals. Here's how you can take the lead!
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Rosidah Awang's curator insight, March 24, 1:23 AM

Adopt these study tips by top students.

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Why you should care about other people's kids

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Since Robert Putnam's youth, America has become more racially and religiously integrated, but more segregated by class. In his new book "Our Kids," the Harvard professor -- of "Bowling Alone" fame -- argues that social immobility presents an economic problem for all Americans -- not just the poor kids.
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