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Is Handwriting Worth Saving?

Is Handwriting Worth Saving? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A new book, called "The Missing Ink," argues that handwriting should not be abandoned without a fight.  This review takes a look at both sides of the argument over whether we're better off without it.

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Maybe teaching special education doesn't have to be so hard?

Maybe teaching special education doesn't have to be so hard? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We've been to school. We know how education works. Right? In fact, many aspects of learning — in homes, at schools, at work and elsewhere — are evolving rapidly, along with our understanding of learning. Join us as we explore how learning happens.
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What Betsy DeVos Did (and Didn't) Reveal About Her Education Priorities

What Betsy DeVos Did (and Didn't) Reveal About Her Education Priorities | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Michigan billionaire’s confirmation hearing was heavy on partisanship and light on substance.
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Get Inspired With The Best Education Podcasts Of 2016ASCD Inservice

Get Inspired With The Best Education Podcasts Of 2016ASCD Inservice | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Each episode is an engaging 10-minute conversation between ASCD authors and Emerging Leaders on some of the most important and timely school and classroom
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The 32 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2017

The 32 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2017 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here are the books we can’t wait to read in 2017! (Ranked in no particular order.)..
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The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role?
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The White House Announces Several New Tools to Access Archived Social Media From the Obama Administration

The White House Announces Several New Tools to Access Archived Social Media From the Obama Administration | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This is how we're starting to preserve the archive of the first Social Media presidency.
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He Fixes the Cracked Spines of Books, Without an Understudy

He Fixes the Cracked Spines of Books, Without an Understudy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Donald Vass has been mending books in the Seattle area for 26 years, but his craft is a fading one.
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Supreme Court to decide: What level of education do public schools legally owe to students with disabilities?

Supreme Court to decide: What level of education do public schools legally owe to students with disabilities? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Advocates say it is the most important special-education case in decades.
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7 Reflections to Quiet the Ghosts of Grading’s Past

In the portfolio process at the end of each quarter, I invite these ghosts into our individual grade conferences to see if we can illuminate the narratives they are whispering in our ears in the hopes that I can make space for some new, healthier perceptions of learning and self.
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Student Stress Is Education's Overlooked Crisis

Proven strategies for managing stress help both students and adults within a school community, writes former superintendent Terry Grier.
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The education push everyone knows Maine needs

The education push everyone knows Maine needs | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
If Maine wants to prosper and grow, it needs to reduce that gap between rich and poor. And it’s not doing it. The difference in fourth-grade reading scores has not improved since 2007; it’s worsened in math. And the gap between students from lower-income families and higher-income families who go on to college actually grew between 2008 and 2014. What’s more, low-income students who make it to college are more likely to drop out.

State policymakers should focus on this.
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How Useful Are College Placement Tests in High School?

How Useful Are College Placement Tests in High School? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
South Dakota tried to cut down on college remediation by offering the Accuplacer test to high school students, but few districts used the system.
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Getting literal about media literacy in K12

Getting literal about media literacy in K12 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The issue of fake news drew national attention during the 2016 presidential campaign, when fabricated stories were widely accepted as genuine. According to recent research, the problem extends to K12 classrooms, where students have trouble judging the credibility of online information.
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Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.
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5-Minute Film Festival: The Best Education Parodies of 2016

5-Minute Film Festival: The Best Education Parodies of 2016 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Need a good laugh? Here are five of the best parody videos we saw this year.
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Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer's epic poem: Snapchat.
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Struggling schools benefit from adding arts to learning

Struggling schools benefit from adding arts to learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, students put their multiplication tables to song, while eighth graders use the musical “Hamilton” to study debate. The public charter school’s curriculum is a product of a federal effort to use arts education to boost achievement in the nation’s lowest performing schools. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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Philadelphia School District librarians: a species nearly extinct?

How many full-time, certified librarians would you guess one of the nation's largest school systems - a district with 220 schools and 134,000 students - employs? - Kristen A. Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer
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Strategies for Students Too Rich for Financial Aid, Too Poor for College

Strategies for Students Too Rich for Financial Aid, Too Poor for College | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are many schools that offer merit aid or tuition discounting, experts say.
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11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way

11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Why is English spelling so messed up? We get the same sounds spelled different ways (two, to, too), the same spellings pronounced different ways (chrome, machine, attach), and extra letters all over the place that don't even do anything (knee, gnu, pneumatic). There aren't always good reasons for these inconsistencies, but there are reasons. Here's a brief look at the history of English spelling told through 11 words.1.
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Yoga for Book Lovers! | Quirk Books : Publishers & Seekers of All Things Awesome

Yoga for Book Lovers! | Quirk Books : Publishers & Seekers of All Things Awesome | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The new year is here, and you've probably made two resolutions: to get in shape and to read more books. So why not combine the two?
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Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A group of tech-savvy librarians offer up a list of their favorite education apps this year.
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Learning the Rules: Updated Thoughts on the New Google Sites

I’ve taken a deep dive into the new Google Sites lately after sharing my initial thoughts a few weeks back (First Impressions of the New Google Sites). I appreciated its simplicity and potential but shared some frustrations about the limitations.
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