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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'

Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This educator writes that use of the phrase "achievement gap" can imply racial bias.

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Finding Free Images: Free Stock Photo Websites to Find High Resolution Images

Finding Free Images: Free Stock Photo Websites to Find High Resolution Images | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Don’t just use Google images on your websites without giving credit. Most of the beginners enter few keywords to find relevant images and they will use the images on their blogs without actually giving credit. What happens when you don’t give credit? You can even get sued.
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The Daily Dish: Teacher Appreciation Week Rolls On (#ThankATeacher)

The Daily Dish: Teacher Appreciation Week Rolls On (#ThankATeacher) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This week, the nation is giving thanks to its educators. Across the internet, thousands of people have participated in Teacher Appreciation Week, when everyone is asked to take the time to thank the educator that has impacted his or her life as a student, parent, or community member.
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Teachers Who Inspired Teachers - Education Week Teacher

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Last year I asked fellow educators to recognize colleagues in their schools who are doing great work. This year, I asked friends to think back to when they were sitting in their students' seats - and remember the teachers who inspired them! In this series, we will share stories from our past and honor the educators who positively influenced us. I'll kick it off by telling you about a teacher who truly changed my life and inspired me in so many ways...
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The Baltimore riots: Newseum resources

As events in Baltimore continue to unfold, use Newseum resources to make connections in your classroom. Below is a list of relevant resources and lesson plans that relate to the events in Baltimore. Resources are divided into three categories: media literacy, historical connections, and civics and citizenship.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 17

The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 17 | 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/2015/0501 ;

 

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

 

Research and Education

  NRICH: enriching mathematics
  Fashion in Time
  National Geographic: The Ocean
  MIT Center for Civic Media
  The official website of the British Monarchy
  Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips
  NPR Ed: How Learning Happens

 

General Interest

  It’s Our Environment: EPA’s Blog About Our World
  Australia’s National Portrait Gallery
  On Being with Krista Tippett
  Khan Academy: What is Coronary artery disease
  Wine and Food Society of Baltimore - Enoch Pratt Free Library
  Harvard Art Museums
  The Atlantic: Health: Family
  1810 edition of Little Red Riding Hood

 

Network Tools

  Scalar

 

In the News

  U.N. Ranks Happiest Countries

 

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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Colorado teachers disciplined after students leak PARCC items online

Colorado teachers disciplined after students leak PARCC items online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In at least three Colorado school districts, teachers proctoring new online state standardized tests this spring have faced discipline or other consequences after students they were supposed to be watching snapped pictures of test items and posted them to social media.
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How Should We Measure Student Learning? Five Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

How Should We Measure Student Learning? Five Keys to Comprehensive Assessment | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.
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Obama: $250M in Free E-Books for Low-Income Students

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President Barack Obama announced Thursday that major book publishers will provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students.
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How Do You Teach Students About Freddie Gray?

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When dialogue does happen, it can’t always be scripted. Baltimore City Public Schools, which has been active this week when it comes to discussing race and racism, reopened on Wednesday. The district dispatched social workers, psychologists, and other mental health workers to campuses as a resource for students. Teachers were encouraged to use district-issued resources on teaching conflict and social justice. Sample lesson plans covered everything from dealing with emotions like anger and fear (for the youngest students) to analyzing protest music and comparing news coverage. But at Mervo, McDaniels says administrators encouraged teachers to scrap the provided plans in favor of genuine, student-led conversations about how they felt.
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How Embedded Technology Is Inspiring Student-Centered Learning -- THE Journal

Kirsten Wright, an educational technology teacher at Desert Sands Unified School District (CA), talks about how making the move to 1-to-1 has transformed not only teaching and learning, but the physical design of her districts' classrooms.
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My Favorite Teachers Use Social Media: A Student Perspective

My Favorite Teachers Use Social Media: A Student Perspective | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The best teachers I've ever had have used technology to enhance learning, including using Facebook pages for upcoming projects or planned online chats about books we read in class. These teachers were interesting to listen to, and the projects were fun and challenging.
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Feds Put Brakes On Special Education Cutbacks

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With a new rule, federal education officials are telling schools not to skimp on funding for special education.
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The story behind Jar’Edo Wens, the longest-running hoax in Wikipedia history

The story behind Jar’Edo Wens, the longest-running hoax in Wikipedia history | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Wikipedia editors are finding more hoaxes on the site every month. How many are there, really? No one actually knows.
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Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal

Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Though testing supporters have attempted to minimize the importance and impact of the opt-out movement, it is having a big impact, as explained in the following post by award-winning New York Principal Carol Burris.
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Contrary to Conventional Wisdom, New Teachers Are Staying on the Job

Contrary to Conventional Wisdom, New Teachers Are Staying on the Job | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's widely believed that turnover is high among novice educators, but new data suggests that very few of them leave after their first year.
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What should higher education do now that the genie is out of the bottle?

"Except for textbooks, scholarly publishing was a nicely balanced market.
This was also a fine tuned and delicately managed symbiosis that had evolved over many, many years. It was imbedded so deeply into academic culture, sharing the fruits of academic work this way seemed to most at the time as simple best practice. So, what could possibly go wrong?Three things: declining subsidies for public higher education, legislative open access mandates, and the emergence of e-publishing technologies."

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A Year without One-to-One

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Shawn McCusker describes what he learned moving from a 1:1 school back to an environment with fewer technology resourses.
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Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Librarians and other book lovers have taken to posting “bookface” images that line up real body parts with cover images.
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The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares

The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Children who grow up in some places go on to earn much more than they would if they grew up elsewhere.
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Ten ways to buy books without money

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Donate blood, draw a portrait of yourself, quit smoking or smile to your neighbours: anything but money goes at the new DIY book fairs that are popping up in Europe and Latin America
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Take a Virtual Tour of Robben Island Where Nelson Mandela and Other Apartheid Opponents Were Jailed

Take a Virtual Tour of Robben Island Where Nelson Mandela and Other Apartheid Opponents Were Jailed | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
All of the Robben Island tours are conducted by ex-prisoners. On the new virtual tour, you will encounter Vusumsi Mcongo (see above), a member of the anti-Apartheid movement who was jailed on Robben Island from 1978 to 1990.
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Info Tomorrow: An Interview With @LibraryOutlets

Info Tomorrow: An Interview With @LibraryOutlets | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
“Why are there so few outlets in libraries?” proclaims the Twitter bio of one of library social media’s rising stars, Outlets in Libraries (@LibraryOutlets). That’s a damn good question. So, to find out more, we sat down with the outlet behind Outlets in Libraries to see what we could learn.
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A Teacher's Role in Fighting Racism

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Responding to protests and rioting in Baltimore, Gary Hamilton says that teachers need to give students a space to discuss racism and process their emotions.
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Transforming the narrative about teaching

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Without reservation, I believe we can change the narrative. Not only do I believe that — I’ve also been working toward that goal over the last two years as a teacherpreneur with the Center for Teaching Quality. I know, as do most of my colleagues, that there are more good teachers than bad. That there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that take place on school campuses every day. That the public needs a deeper look into the complexities and importance of our profession.
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124 Recordings of Famous Poets Reading Some of Their Poems

124 Recordings of Famous Poets Reading Some of Their Poems | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature contains 124 recordings of writers reading some of their poems and other works. Many of the recordings are long (one hour+) interviews with the writers during which they read some of their works.

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