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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This short article is geared more towards elementary educators but I think the main idea of it is still pertinent to high school educators--that kids should understand how their brains work so that they can understand how they learn. The term we used to throw around in education classes was "metacognition."  Also, I'm a big believer in telling teens about how their brains work in order to make the point that it is dangerous to expose them to various toxic substances.

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Home | Maine Science Festival

Home | Maine Science Festival | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Maine Science Festival, launched in 2015, is a four day celebration of the science, engineering, mathematics and technology happening in Maine every day. The MSF brings together Maine’s premier, nationally renowned science organizations for an exploration of science via include forums, hands-on activities, workshops, exhibits, and films. With events for all ages and interests, there is no better place to learn that science is everywhere!
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Biggest Barriers to Digital Learning: Lack of Time, Lack of Devices -- THE Journal

Biggest Barriers to Digital Learning: Lack of Time, Lack of Devices -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The biggest barrier to digital learning for teachers is gaining student access to technology. That's followed by a lack of time during the school day. For administrators, the top concern is providing relevant and effective professional development to their staff, followed by limitations and problems with the technological infrastructure, such as WiFi and security. Overall, across both roles, the main obstacle to integrating technology into the classroom was lack of time and an insufficient number of devices to do so.
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Carl Sagan Presents His “Baloney Detection Kit”: 8 Tools for Skeptical Thinking

Carl Sagan Presents His “Baloney Detection Kit”: 8 Tools for Skeptical Thinking | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Sagan laid out his method, proposing what he called “A Baloney Detection Kit,” a set of intellectual tools that scientists use to separate wishful thinking from genuine probability.
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In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
What does the push for digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?
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Andres Gomez's curator insight, September 21, 12:15 PM
It could be a controvertial topic nowadays because is imposible to avoid the advance of technology and how it goes transform the world; although, it is important to mention the benefits of the paper and how has been the traditional way to study. Ina few words, I consider that it should be a mixture with those elements in terms of education.
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Response: New Teachers Must Create a 'Balance'

Response: New Teachers Must Create a 'Balance' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Cindi Rigsbee, Carol Pelletier Radford, Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, Jennie Farnell and Ken Lindblom share their advice to new teachers.
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New documentary explores ‘the digital divide’ - The Hechinger Report

The United States is likely to reach the goal of making sure every single public school has access to the internet by 2020, according to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit focused on this milestone. But that won’t close what has come to be known as “the digital divide.”
Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. And even before bandwidth, plenty of schools don’t have the laptops or tablets that students need to get online.
Meanwhile, wealthy districts go on purchasing the newest technologies to prepare their students for a world that increasingly runs on them.
The documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, who has covered addiction, nuclear radiation and the politics of the Mexican border fence, among other social issues, explores this persistent technology gap in her latest film, “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America.”
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Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World

Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To tell truth from fiction, start with quantitative thinking, argues the mathematician Rebecca Goldin.
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The National Book Awards Longlist: Fiction

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The New Yorker presents the longlist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction.
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There is no constitutional right to a high-quality public education. Should there be?

There is no constitutional right to a high-quality public education. Should there be? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
One historian argues yes.
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The Resegregation of Jefferson County

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What one Alabama town’s attempt to secede from its school district tells us about the fragile progress of racial integration in America.
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Carrie Firestone | Author

Carrie Firestone | Author | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A writing contest for teens asks them to describe how they would change the world. $1000 prize.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 37 

The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 37  | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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 
Crowd & The Cloud 
In The Library With The Lead Pipe 
Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761: A Cartographic Narrative Dickinson Electronic Archives 2 
KUT Podcasts: Higher Ed 
NCAR/ UCAR Research Applications Laboratory 
Polar Data Catalogue 
Internet Archive: The Burlington Magazine 

     General Interest 
Open Parks Network 
YouTube: Crash Course Computer Science 
Make Way for Democracy 
Pitt Med Magazine 
StoryCorps Blog 
About Art Nouveau 
Alternative Transport 

     Network Tools 
Art Up Your Tab plug-in 
Tribe 

     In the News 
Research Team Identifies Female DNA in Viking Cemetery in Sweden

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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Top 10 contemporary short stories

Top 10 contemporary short stories | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Ahead of 2017’s National short story prize, Jon McGregor reluctantly chooses ‘swoony’ work from recent years showing some of the ways to write them well
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To Teach Comprehension Strategies or Not to Teach Them 

Originally posted on August 25, 2014; re-posted on September 21, 2017. Recently, most questions that I have received have been about decoding and fluency. That often means that educators feel confident with what they are doing with reading comprehension. Perhaps this re-posting will encourage some thinking about comprehension instruction. Teacher question: I don’t hear anything about comprehension strategies anymore. Was that idea just another fad or are should we still teach those?
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How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Engagement, relevance, and fun are great, but make sure there is observable evidence that students are learning when integrating technology.
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Immigrant Students Are Internalizing Stereotypes. Educators Can Help

Teachers can be the first responders to immigrant students' isolation, write leaders from the nonprofit Re-imagining Migration.
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Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Our brains are wired to forget, but there are research-backed strategies you can use to make your teaching stick.
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Never Underestimate the Importance of Mini Lessons - Talks with Teachers

Never Underestimate the Importance of Mini Lessons - Talks with Teachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I want to walk you through the steps of my most effective process to improve student writing on a large scale. Volume is important. Students need to write a lot. Conferences are great, too. They may be the best method to move one writer at a time, but when you have over 125 students it’s nearly impossible to confer with them for every piece of writing.
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14 surprising facts about educators’ social media use

14 surprising facts about educators’ social media use | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Recently, 1,000 K-8 teachers shared how they are using social media personally, professionally and as a communication tool with parents and students.
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9 Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Students

9 Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Between the social-media-fueled pressure, college admissions madness and bullying culture, schools today can be a minefield. We collected some education-themed Op-Eds to help guide families as they settle into the new year.
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More programs give special attention to first-generation university students

More programs give special attention to first-generation university students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
USM and other schools recognize the newcomers need help navigating campus life and study demands, which are unlike anything the first-in-the-family students have known.
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House OKs Bill to Slash Education Budget as School Choice Push Loses Out

The House of Representatives voted to cut about 3.5 percent from the U.S. Department of Education's budget on Thursday, although the Senate's funding bill would cut less and take a different approach in several respects.
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This Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element

This Illustrated Periodic Table Shows How We Regularly Interact With Each Element | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The ability to name all of the elements on the periodic table from actinium to zinc is an impressive feat. Actually being able to explain how each element functions in the real world is a little more challenging.
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5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character

5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Five short films and a set of resources for celebrating Character Day on September 13.
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Making the Most of a 90-Minute Block

Making the Most of a 90-Minute Block | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Whether you're brand-new to block scheduling or you've been doing it for years, these strategies will have you handling those 90 minutes like a boss.
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