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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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What I don’t know about trivia can fill an app

I started playing Trivia Crack because all the kids are doing it, and also because I guess my life seemed to be lacking that little something that would launch me from borderline intellectually insecure to all-out inferior.
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Bibliotherapy for Teens: An Expanded Booklist

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Our November feature article and booklist “Bibliotherapy for Teens” by Erin E. Moulton received an outpouring of positive feedback from readers. Here’s an updated booklist with readers' suggestions.
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Maine Readers' Choice Award: The 2015 Longlist

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year. The aim of this award is to increase awareness and reading of literary fiction. The Maine Readers’ Choice Award honors books that exhibit exceptional writing and a compelling story that encourages reading and conversation among individuals and in Maine’s communities.

To be considered for the Maine Readers’ Choice Award, books must be:

FictionPublished in the United States the previous yearWell writtenCompelling story – you want to continue readingAppealing to a wide audience

Visit our Resources page to access discussion materials, author interviews and MRCA marketing resources for libraries and bookstores.

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New Research From Nielsen: Tech-Savvy Teens Remain Fans Of Print Books | LJ INFOdocket

New Research From Nielsen: Tech-Savvy Teens Remain Fans Of Print Books | LJ INFOdocket | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From Nielsen: With today s rapidly evolving technology and ever-present social media changing the way consumers are connecting with the written word, it should come as no surprise that today s teens are finding and consuming content differently from previous generations.
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Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Transition to College -- THE Journal

Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Transition to College -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Although assistive technologies and other supports can help, too few students who need them take advantage once they leave high school. Here's what K-12 schools can do to help.
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How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning

Student know how to play school like it's a game, but if teachers change the rules, they just might appreciate it.
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Maine writers lead campaign for federal investigation of Amazon

Maine writers lead campaign for federal investigation of Amazon | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

ROUND POUND — Best-selling author Douglas Preston sat in his home looking out over Penobscot Bay this summer and stared at his computer screen, watching online sales of his book with co-author Lincoln Child, “Blue Labyrinth,” plummet as a contract dispute between Amazon.com.  and Preston’s publisher, Hachette, grew nastier and more destructive."

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3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 20, Number 48

The Scout Report -- Volume 20, Number 48 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2014/1212

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

 

Research and Education:

 The Close Reading of Poetry

  Advanced Technological Education Television
  Philosophy of Love in the Western World
  Mitigation of Climate Change 2014
  The Pennsylvania Gazette 1728-1800
  SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  HathiTrust Digital Library: 19th-20th Century Psychology Texts

 

General Interest: 

  YaleGlobal Online Magazine
  The Personality Disorders Institute
  David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
  World Digital Library
  United Nations World Food Programme
  Humanitarian Engineering at Mines
  Neuropod Podcasts
  Latin Music USA | PBS

 

Network Tools:

  Level Money
  Nearpod

 

In the News:

  Exaggeration of Scientific Claims Is Already Present in Academic Press Releases, New Study Finds

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Copyright © 2014 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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Understanding Shakespeare

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Understanding Shakespeare is a collaborative project between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library. It’s a research tool that allows students, educators and scholars to use the text of Shakespeare’s plays to quickly navigate into the scholarship written about them—line by line.
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SLJ Reviews and Resources for YALSA 2015 Morris and Nonfiction Finalists

SLJ Reviews and Resources for YALSA 2015 Morris and Nonfiction Finalists | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Awards season is well underway in the children’s and YA lit world, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) made its contribution last week when it revealed the shortlists for its nonfiction and debut YA awards. SLJ has compiled the full reviews and resources for each of the finalists.
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Top 10 tips on how teachers can improve their work-life balance

Top 10 tips on how teachers can improve their work-life balance | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Experts share their views on how teachers can manage workloads and avoid burnout – without falling behind on marking
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Apps by Subject Area

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Get recommended app lists, webcasts and resources selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. Our recommended apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.
We are what we app!
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Is It Worthy? How to Judge the Value of a Tech Product

Is It Worthy? How to Judge the Value of a Tech Product | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Many of the new products and teaching methodologies claim that research backs up the product or claim, but how can interested educators separate self-promotional claims from effective tools?
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The Plight of Being a Gay Teacher

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LGBT educators walk a fine line between keeping their jobs and being honest with their students.
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E-Book Legal Restrictions Are Screwing Over Blind People | WIRED

E-Book Legal Restrictions Are Screwing Over Blind People | WIRED | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For more than a decade, the visually-impaired have been locked in an excruciatingly slow and circuitous battle against US copyright laws.
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Things That Make the Librarian Angry

Things That Make the Librarian Angry - The Message - Medium
Having a waiting list for ebooks is stupid.
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Turning Conventional Wisdom on Its Head: Public Schools Outperform Private Schools

Former superintendent and George Mason University professor Robert G. Smith examines the popular notion that competition helps private schools outperform public schools. However, recent research of Christopher and Sarah Lubienski turns this conventional wisdom on its head. In their book The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools (University of Chicago Press), the Lubienskis conclude that "after considering demographics, the public schools appear to have a pronounced advantage in student performance."  
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A Clear-Eyed Look at the Promise of Digital Tools in Learning

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A new report by Christopher Dede offers evidence for ways technology can support effective instruction.
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PW's Top Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2014

PW's Top Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2014 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For the second year running, we’ve asked the authors of PW’s Top 10 Books of 2014 (announced in our November 3 issue) to each share a favorite title published this year.
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School Libraries, Librarians Critical for Transition to Digital Learning, Says New Alliance Report

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A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education explains the key role that school librarians and libraries should play in state- and districtwide efforts to transition to digital learning, or the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning.


Via Karen Bonanno
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Teacher: The day I knew for sure I was burned out

Teacher: The day I knew for sure I was burned out | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
'Teaching at a high-poverty school was different because no matter how fast or long I worked, I could not get everything done.'
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The Crisis of Information in Higher Education

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New evidence suggests a real problem in the student loan market: widespread misinformation among borrowers about their own debt levels. Beth Akers argues that policymakers should focus their efforts on real problems such as this, rather than seeking solutions to an elusive broad “student loan crisis.”
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See also, from Brookings Institution:

"Are college students borrowing blindly?" with the pdf of the full report here http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2014/12/10-borrowing-blindly-akers-chingos

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2014 Nerdy Teacher Holiday Shopping Guide

2014 Nerdy Teacher Holiday Shopping Guide | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Nerds need gifts, too! How about a pen made of magnets, a Bluetooth cassette adapter, or a crust cutter that reduces your sandwich to Tetris pieces?
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Teachers, Students Analyze Data From European Particle Accelerator -- THE Journal

Teachers, Students Analyze Data From European Particle Accelerator -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
With the help of data now becoming available, high school teachers and students in two programs at Notre Dame University can study data from the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland.
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