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Guidelines for Public, Student Class Blogs: Ethics, Legalities, FERPA and More | HASTAC

Advice from Duke University's Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communication to help you design student- and privacy (FERPA)-friendly guidelines for online and social writing activities.

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54 Schools Participate in Maine Civil Rights Team Project Conference | WABI TV5

54 Schools Participate in Maine Civil Rights Team Project Conference | WABI TV5 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The topic of civil rights brought 550 students to the Augusta Civic Center Monday. Each student belongs to a local school-based civil rights team."

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Improving education by focusing on teacher health and well-being

Improving education by focusing on teacher health and well-being | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
OPINION | Recent efforts to reform our nation’s education have become overly focused on student data, and in doing so we have unfortunately missed the human connection needed to put that data to work.
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Frying pans, forks and fever: Medieval book curses - Medieval manuscripts blog

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Have you ever lost, forgotten to return or accidentally damaged a library book? If so, you may have been asked to pay a fee to replace or repair the book — but you still got away easy! During the Middle Ages, the fate of both your body and soul could have been at serious risk. Medieval librarians often added curses to their books upon those who did not return or damaged borrowed books, or stole them from their libraries.
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Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says.

Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Meditation is meant to help students deal with stress. But the hype may be outpacing the evidence.
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Internet Addictions and School-Board Afflictions: This Week's Top 7 Education Stories

The Pain of Internet Addiction

Lesley McClurg | KQED

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. ... “She started just lying there, not moving and just being on the phone,” says Ellen. “I was at a loss about what to do.”

Ellen didn’t realize it then, but her daughter was sinking into a pattern of behavior that some psychiatrists recognize from their patients who abuse drugs or alcohol. It’s a problem, they say, that’s akin to an eating disorder or gambling disorder—some consider it a kind of internet addiction. Estimates of how many people are affected vary widely, researchers say, and the problem isn’t restricted to kids and teens, though some—especially those who have depression or anxiety disorder—may be particularly vulnerable.


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How D.C. Officials Gamed the School Lottery

Peter Jamison and Aaron C. Davis | The Washington Post

The former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson routinely helped well-connected parents—including two senior aides to Mayor Muriel E. Bowser—bend or break the rules of the District’s notoriously competitive school lottery to enroll their children at coveted schools, according to a confidential report obtained by The Washington Post.

The report, based on an investigation by the D.C. Inspector General’s Office, describes in remarkable detail how Henderson used her power as head of the school system to place the children of those with political clout at campuses they could not otherwise access through the random lottery, which every year leaves thousands of families on waiting lists for their desired schools.

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Inside the Blackmailing of a Texas School-Board Candidate

Dave Lieber | The Dallas Morning News

Lynn Davenport received the tweet on her phone in, of all places, a Richardson [Independent School District] board meeting six days before election day. She was at the meeting because she was a candidate for a board seat.

Her phone lit up. She read: “I see you @lynndavenport....you didn’t want to tell others about your secret? #yesyesyes.” ...

For Davenport, her candidacy was about bringing a maverick voice to a school board that has voted 7-0 on 443 out of 444 board votes in the last six years, her campaign’s analysis shows. Only one time, on one vote, was the final tally 6-1. That’s the problem with many school districts in Texas. If you buck the party line, you pay a price. That price comes in many ways—from social ostracism to rumors designed to damage a volunteer board member’s reputation.

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The Fidget-Spinner Frenzy

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press

Stores can’t keep them in stock. Parents are scrambling to find them. And some schools have banned them.

The mania for fidget spinners—the 3-inch twirling gadgets taking over classrooms and cubicles—is unlike many other toy crazes. They’re not made by a major company, timed for the holiday season, or promoted in TV commercials. They’re more easily found at gas stations or 7-Eleven than at big toy chains.

“It just took off,” says Richard Gottlieb, a consultant at Global Toy Experts in New York.

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The Four-Person Senior Class

Jenny Brundin | Colorado Public Radio

Can I introduce you to the entire Lone Star School graduating class of 2017 in less than 40 words? Are you sure you want to take that bet?

Meet Zach Hamar, self-described as “definitely loud,” Jessica Bassett, who opts for “pretty shy,” Austin Kuntz says he’s “hardworking,” and Daydra Parker describes herself as “the more productive one out of all of us.”

Now you know everyone. All four of them.

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Solving the Mystery of Underachievement

Nick Ehrmann | The Atlantic

As enrollment in higher education reaches record-levels-69.7 percent of all high-school graduates in 2016, a hidden danger awaits thousands at the starting line: Being “eligible” for college admission doesn't mean that students are academically prepared. This collision of expectations and reality creates a revolving door in higher education that can stifle individual talent and exacerbate inequality at the highest levels of the American education system. This is the story of how Travis Hill, growing up blocks from the White House in northeast Washington, D.C., learned what “college readiness” means when the pursuit of higher education becomes a reality.

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How Trump’s Election Affected Students’ Career Goals

Cayla Harris | The GW Hatchet

When Celeste Aguzino began her senior year this fall, she had a full semester of federal government experience under her belt and plans to go onto a career in the federal workforce.

Then, Donald Trump was elected president.

As seniors prepare to graduate on the National Mall Sunday and enter the workforce, some students interested in politics who initially planned to kickstart their career in a Democratic Hillary Clinton presidential administration are now moving away from work in the federal government—and moving from the District altogether.
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10 Unconventional Ideas for Summer Professional Development for Teachers - WeAreTeachers

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Tired of the same old conferences? These unconventional ideas for summer professional development for teachers will inspire you to learn (and play)!
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8 Ideas to Make the End of the Year Race Better

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Have your students told you yet how many days that are left?  While it has been awhile for me, I can still feel it creeping up, sneaking up, whether we are ready or not; for many of us in the Northern hemisphere, the end of the year is near.  And if your students are anything like ours, then there may be excitement in the air mixed with a special kind of exhaustion that is threatening to derail even the best-laid plans.  So what can you, along with your awesome students, do to make these last few days or weeks better?  Here are a few ideas.
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Deering High may be first U.S. school to offer athletic hijabs - Portland Press Herald

Deering High may be first U.S. school to offer athletic hijabs - Portland Press Herald | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Portland school is offering the lightweight headscarves for female Muslim athletes.
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"Seriously? Seriously." The Importance of Teaching Reading and Writing in Social Media

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The presentation of facts is seen as partisan opinion, and then every day a barrage of untruths are presented as truth, and we’re just supposed to suck it up. That’s the moment we live in. That’s our country right now. And this is going to continue after this election, no matter who wins. Like, this is the rest of our lives, I think, this post-truth politics. With so many of us getting our news from social media and from sources that we agree with, it’s easier than ever to check if a fact is true, and facts matter less than ever. — Ira Glass, on This American Life
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The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 20 


This week's Scout Report reviews the online resources listed below. Visit the Scout Report here: 
to read the detailed annotations of each resources and get direct links to the sites.

     Research and Education 
Hidden Patterns of the Civil War 
Mathematics Assessment Project 
The Cell Image Library 
ArtsEdge 
National Archives of Japan Digital Archive 
Scottish Chapbooks 
YouTube: Above the Noise 
Child Trends: Databank Indicators 

     General Interest 
Books, Health, and History 
Mapping Performance Culture: Nottingham 
Tea Bag Index 
Font Map
Library of Congress Collection: Aaron Copland Collection 
Science Friday: Space Seen Through a Window 
Flickr: The Commons 
DPLA: American Empire 

     Network Tools 
Signal Private Messenger 
Open Broadcaster Studio 

     In the News 
Botticelli Comes to the United States in a New Exhibit that Highlights the Artist's Full, Complex Oeuvre

Copyright © 2017 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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Ancient libraries

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How were books stored and accessed in the ancient world? Matthew Nicholls explores what the surviving evidence of ancient books can tell us about libraries in antiquity.
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Q&A With Peggy Orenstein: Sex Education Isn't Working for Girls

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Journalist Peggy Orenstein says parents and schools need to speak more openly with youths, especially young women, about sex.
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Have Fun and Save the Galaxy: 7 Lessons for Teachers From #GuardiansoftheGalaxy

Hey there, True Believer! This article discusses lessons learned from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as they apply to teaching and our students. While there’s mention of both films and their characters, there aren’t any real spoilers--no big scenes ruined or surprises spoiled. I do discuss the characters and their goals in a general sense, but no more than a teaser trailer might. Read on, True Believer!
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Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World

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Using NCTE’s policy research brief Reading Instruction for All Students as both guide and sounding board, experienced teacher-researchers Kristen Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks took their questions about adolescent reading practices to a dozen middle and high school classrooms. In this book, they report on their interviews and survey data from visits with hundreds of teens, which led to the development of their model of Connected Reading: “Digital tools, used mindfully, enable connections. Digital reading is connected reading.” They argue that we must teach adolescents how to read digital texts effectively, not simply expect that teens can read them because they know how to use digital tools. Turner and Hicks offer practical tips by highlighting classroom practices that engage students in reading and thinking with both print and digital texts, thus encouraging reading instruction that reaches all students.
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The 42 Best Lines from Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series

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"[May 25 was] Towel Day, an annual commemoration of the life and work of Douglas Adams.

In his best-known work, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Adams explained the supreme utility of the towel in intergalactic travel:

“…it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

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The Library of Congress Makes 25 Million Records From Its Catalog Free to Download

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The Library of Congress announced that it will make 25 million records from its catalog available for the public to download.
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How Peer Pressure Undermines Success

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Will students pass up academic help based on how their friends feel? A new study suggests they will.
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How real books have trumped ebooks

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The digital revolution was expected to kill traditional publishing. But print books are ever more beautifully designed and lovingly cherished
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Do your students know how to balance time spent online & offline?

Do your students know how to balance time spent online & offline? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We asked 7 experts to share their best tips for teaching teens how to create a healthy balance between time spent online and offline.
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Gmail: Set Up Canned Responses - Teacher Tech

Gmail: Set Up Canned Responses - Teacher Tech | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Gmail canned responses allows you to send the same email content repeatedly without having to retype or copy and paste the email.
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How is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction? - Education Next

How is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction? - Education Next | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
If greater attention is not paid to supporting teachers to implement new standards and reduce coverage of deemphasized content, the standards may not have much effect.
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Here are the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards

Here are the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The best science fiction and fantasy stories from 2016
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Why we shouldn’t celebrate the huge drop in school bullying

Why we shouldn’t celebrate the huge drop in school bullying | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Bullying is a big deal. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, more than one out of every five American students reported being bullied in 2015. Research shows that bullies (pdf) are at a greater risk for academic problems, substance use, and violent behavior later in adolescence and adulthood. 

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Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms?

Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate High School Classrooms? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teacher talk still dominates high school classrooms, but it doesn't have to, and here are a few reasons why.
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Emerging Research on K-12 Computer Science Education: 6 Trends to Watch

Emerging Research on K-12 Computer Science Education: 6 Trends to Watch | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As "computer science for all" takes off, researchers are racing to investigate key questions around access, assessment, and implementation.
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