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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 Professional Books that Changed Me as a Teacher

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When I first started teaching, I devoured parts of books like a starved teacher.  And by parts of books, I mean parts of books.  I would start to read, grab some ideas and then get too busy to read on.  After a few years, I stopped.  Not that I did not need to keep growing, I just had changed my focus to reading blogs instead of books.

Lately, though, I have been turning back to books.  For finding the time to read an entire piece of work as I try to grow and become better.  I have highlighted the things that make me think, discussed ideas with others (Voxer is great for a small book discussion) and reflected until my brain hurt.

And I am changed.  I have these ideas that seem to want to burst out of me, that I cannot wait for students to digest along with me, so that we can become better together.  So what have made a difference to me?
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Google Tools for Social Studies Students

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Richard Byrne describes and explains 5 Google tools that can be used in Social Studies work: Maps & Earth, Newspaper Archive, Books, Scholar, and Timeline JS.

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3 ways to infuse 21st century skills into instruction by @amerziii

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SmartBlog on Education this month is exploring 21st-century teaching and learning. Join us for original content in which experts explore the trends and
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How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?

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Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.
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Teaching about Racism: Toward a Shared History and Common Language

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"Talking about race as a white teacher is a skill that needs to be practiced. It necessitates an awareness of how one’s racial identity plays out in the classroom and school community. An ahistorical approach and a lack of precision in the language used to discuss race can result in conversations that reduce racism to charged interactions between individual white people and individual people of color. The memo points to a larger failure of schools—which are an extension of a white society that doesn’t have to talk about race—to equip all teachers to talk about race, and to ensure that white teachers are asked to critically examine the effects of their whiteness in relation to students of color."

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4 Levels of Reading Every Student Should Know About ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Levels of Reading Every Student Should Know About ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Via Cindy Rudy, Dean J. Fusto
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A proposal from the White House: $4 billion for computer science education for every K-12 student - The Hechinger Report

Too few students take computer science Advanced Placement courses, federal officials said in a conference call with reporters last Friday, and too few teachers are prepared to instruct these classes. And 22 states do not allow students to count computer science toward a diploma, according to officials in the U.S. Department of Education, even as nine out of 10 parents in a Gallup poll reported that they want their children to take these courses.
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These are the books students at the top US colleges are required to read

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The leaders of tomorrow will be well versed in dead philosophers, according to a new database of college syllabi. The Open Syllabus Project, a collection of over 1 million curricula from English-language colleges and universities over the past 15 years, released its data on Friday (Jan. 22). Plato, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Aristotle overwhelmingly dominate lists in the US,...
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The secret world of membership libraries

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Public libraries are a relatively new phenomenon. Before the 1880s, when Andrew Carnegie started funding the more than 1,600 library buildings that bear his name, most libraries in America were subscription-based, with members funding and shaping the collections. As free public libraries sprouted up across the United States, membership libraries mostly died off, but 19 non-profit membership libraries still exist, and are reinventing themselves as cultural centers and the coolest coworking spaces you could dream of.
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In the U.S., a Growing Recognition: College Isn't for Everyone

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The problem with the “not everyone should go to college” narrative – in addition to not being very good at it – is that the U.S. doesn’t provide many good alternatives.
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How Schools Build A Positive Culture Through Advisory

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Having a consistent advisory group for several years provides students with a "school family" with whom they can share goals, struggles and triumphs.
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Online Classes or Traditional? Why Not a Blend? - Literacy & NCTE

Online Classes or Traditional? Why Not a Blend? - Literacy & NCTE | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Online classes and traditional, seated classes each have benefits. Here we examine how to combine those benefits into hybrid courses.
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Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, Grades 4-12

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A Corwin Product:Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, Grades 4-12: Step-by-Step Lessons for Respect, Responsibility, and ResultsHarvey "Smokey" Daniels, Nancy Steineke.
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Calming the teenage mind in the classroom - CNN.com

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With today's teenagers experiencing more stress than ever before, more schools are offering mindfulness and meditation to help students learn how to cope.
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Why Flipped Classrooms Fail

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“I tried Peer Instruction and it didn’t work.”

 

As a champion of the popular flipped learning method developed by Eric Mazur , this phrase always hits me hard when I hear it from fellow educators. And I do hear it.

Over the years, I’ve run into many different accounts of experiments in innovative teaching, not just Peer Instruction, gone awry.  I have heard many refrains about clickers, “I tried clickers and it was a disaster.” About flipped learning with videos, “I tried it but my students didn’t watch the videos.” And even about the student engagement all-star, project-based learning: “I gave it a shot but my students perform better when I lecture.”

Of course, there are sundry reasons why one venture toward innovative teaching succeeds and another stumbles. I don’t claim to have the one answer or a lock on the perfect explanation. In this 3-part series, I will offer possibilities to consider if your teaching improvement efforts have come up shorter than you expected starting with reason #1 why I think flipped classrooms fail.

 
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President Obama Wants Every Kid To Learn Coding--For All The Wrong Reasons - Forbes

President Obama Wants Every Kid To Learn Coding--For All The Wrong Reasons - Forbes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
President Obama just unveiled his “Computer Science for All Initiative.” Following up on the State of the Union Address, in which he announced his intention to offer “every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one,” the initiative includes $4billion in funding for [...]
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Wood Shop Enters the Age of High-Tech

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The D.I.Y. movement — to get students creating, be it for fun, for art or for entrepreneurship — is booming. There’s even a MOOC on how to teach tinkering.
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High School Diplomas and Career and College Readiness: Time to Get Serious

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Marc Tucker explains how states can make high school graduation a meaningful indication that the graduate is truly ready for college and career and in so doing create new, more effective systems of accountability for our schools.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 5

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

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2016/0205

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

 

     Research and Education

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Community College Daily
EU Lesson Plans and Teaching Material
Wired: Science Blogs
Transformative Teachers
On Teaching and Learning Mathematics
Stanford University Libraries: African Collections
NYPL Digital Collections: Navigating the Green Book

 

     General Interest

The National Archives: Archives Media Player
Mapping Occupation
Trove
National Park Foundation: Trail Talk Blog
NAMI: Infographics & Fact Sheets
Biodiversity in Focus
BBC Future: Neurohacks
The Cleveland Memory Project

 

     Network Tools

Popplet
Diigo

     

     In the News

Remembering the Challenger Tragedy, 30 Years Later
 

Copyright © 2016 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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What Is The Value Of An Education In The Humanities?

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Old barriers between the humanities and technology are falling. Skills needed in jobs today require knowledge that crosses the road from technology to humanities and back, says professor Adam Frank.
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Here’s what students at Harvard and MIT are required to read

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The Open Syllabus Project looked at what colleges assign as required reading. Here’s the top books from five Massachusetts universities.
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Here's what will change with the new SAT

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SAT prep is a multi-billion dollar industry today. Will the redesigned SAT restore its original goal of providing greater access to higher education for a diverse population?
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EdTech Nut - Kelly Fitzgerald: 15 Great Chrome Extensions for Reading and Writing

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Parents, Teens and Digital Monitoring

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A Pew Research Center survey of parents of 13- to 17-year-olds finds that today’s parents1 take a wide range of actions to monitor their teen’s online lives and to encourage their child to use technology in an appropriate and responsible manner.

Moreover, digital technology has become so central to teens’ lives that a significant share of parents now employ a new tool to enforce family rules: “digitally grounding” misbehaving kids. Some 65% of parents have taken their teen’s cellphone or internet privileges away as a punishment.
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All students should learn to code. Right? Not so fast.

All students should learn to code. Right? Not so fast. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
An education historian looks back to predict the future.
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