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When it comes to a longer school day, something’s got to give

When it comes to a longer school day, something’s got to give | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By Sam Chaltain, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Sam Chaltain is a Washington-based writer and education advocate. He can be found on Twitter at @samchaltain.

 

Chaltain argues that there is more to education than minutes. 

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Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The 2015 testing season gets into full swing.
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Google+ as We Knew It Is Dead, But Google Is Still a Social Network | WIRED

Google+ as We Knew It Is Dead, But Google Is Still a Social Network | WIRED | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
But don’t write the obituary yet. It would be a mistake to call this a retreat, or an admission of failure. This is actually Google doing what Google does best: relentlessly optimizing its products based on data and feedback.
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As Common Core Testing Is Ushered In, Parents and Students Opt Out 3/1/15

As Common Core Testing Is Ushered In, Parents and Students Opt Out 3/1/15 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
On Monday, many public school students in New Jersey will begin to take standardized tests that are opposed by an unusually diverse coalition of enemies.
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What can you do on a Chromebook? Pretty much everything. 2/19/15

What can you do on a Chromebook? Pretty much everything. 2/19/15 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Chromebooks are getting more and more popular in education, the workplace and at home. They are very useful and capable, but I still hear "but they are only a web browser" "they can't do much" etc. when in reality, they can do pretty much everything.

UPDATE: They also work offline, contrary to popular belief
Heather Perkinson's insight:

See also:

Chrome (Browser and Chromebook) Extensions - my favorites and recommendations

2/20/2015 

http://www.techlearning.com/blogentry/8940

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House Leaders Officially Postpone Vote on NCLB Rewrite

House Leaders Officially Postpone Vote on NCLB Rewrite | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's possible that leaders will find the votes to pass the bill next week—but if they don't the bid to update the NCLB law this year could be in serious trouble.
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New state online testing comes under fire in Lewiston

New state online testing comes under fire in Lewiston | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm LEWISTON — After hearing several teachers say the new Maine Educational Assessment Smarter Balanced tests taken on iPads “don't work,” Lewiston School Committee Chairman Jim Handy asked the School Department on Tuesday to tell the state he doesn't want students using “an incomplete” state product.
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Why It's Important to Teach About America's Not-So-Perfect History

Why It's Important to Teach About America's Not-So-Perfect History | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Conflicts about how to teach children American history began almost as early as the subject itself. This school year, the fury is over the new U.S. History Advanced Placement course—in particular, whether its perspective is overly cynical about the country’s past. The controversy raises significant questions about the role of revisionism in education: How should students learn about oppression and exploitation alongside the great achievements of their country? And who decides which events become part of the national narrative as more information comes to light?  
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Research: How Twitter Has Shaped the Common Core Debate -- THE Journal

Research: How Twitter Has Shaped the Common Core Debate -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The continued unraveling of the Common Core makes for compelling drama — at least that's how a research project has begun presenting it.
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The Impact of Assigned Reading on Reading Pleasure in Young Adults

This research presents the results of a survey of 833 U.S. adolescents, ages twelve to eighteen years old. It was hypothesized that teachers are assigning reading (rather than students self-selecting books) and that this leads to dissatisfaction with reading. Additional factors (gender, age, and self-identification as a reader) were also examined for their influence on reading satisfaction. The results indicate that approximately one-third of the respondents were allowed to select books for school reading assignments and that self-selection had a statistical impact on their self-perceived reading pleasure. Limitations include geographic location, a non-random sample, and data collection by various surveyors. This study adds to the growing body of research showing that student self-selection of reading materials leads to greater pleasure and interest in reading.
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Google Play Music Is Now an Even Better Spotify Alternative

Google Play Music Is Now an Even Better Spotify Alternative | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Google Play Music just upped the capacity of it's free music locker service from 20,000 songs to a whopping 50,000.

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From Seat Time to Mastery: Maine Schools Transition to Proficiency-Based Diplomas (Harvard Education Letter)

Perhaps no state better illustrates this burgeoning movement than Maine, where, in 2012, state legislators passed a law requiring that by 2018 all of its high schools issue proficiency-based diplomas—a “certification,” as a Maine Department of Education official puts it, that students are proficient in district-defined standards and other skills. The law was the culmination of six years of work by the state department of education to identify a better way to prepare high school students for the next chapter of their lives. Maine educational officials organized proficiency-based education training across the state and underwrote pilots in several school districts.
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Tackling Eating Disorders With School-Based Initiatives - US News

Tackling Eating Disorders With School-Based Initiatives - US News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Training teachers, coaches, nurses and other school staff to spot the warning signs of eating disorders is “crucial because we know that early intervention is key,” says Tiffany Phillips, clinical program manager of the Renfrew Center of Nashville in Brentwood, Tennessee, which treats females ages 13 and older.
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Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.

Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all find a preference for old-fashioned print.
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Is there a library-sized hole in the internet? - Research Information

David Weinberger is senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and has been instrumental in the development of ideas about the impact of the web. Shortly before his recent keynote presentation at OCLC’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Florence, he spoke with Sarah Bartlett about the library-sized hole in the Internet and how a ‘library graph’ might help librarians to fill it.
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The Anti-Information Age: What 21st-Century Censorship Looks Like

The Anti-Information Age: What 21st-Century Censorship Looks Like | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How governments are reinventing censorship in the 21st century
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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 8

The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 8 | 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/2015/0227

 

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

 

Research and Education

  Presidential Oral History
  eGFI Dream Up the Future
  Measuring Student Debt and Its Performance PDF
  Maker Space at NYSCI
  Beyond the Numbers
  Claudio Beagarie Photographs of California Farm Workers
  Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections
  Charles Darwin Letters

 

General Interest

  Tom Wark's Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog
  Abbott and Costello
  TED Talks: How to go to space, without having to go to space
  GenealogyInTime Magazine
  One Earth Sangha
  Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency
  Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald
  Margaret Herrick Library: Academy Awards Collection

 

Network Tools

  If This Then That
  Survey Monkey

 

In the News

  A Cup of Coffee a Day Just Might Keep the Doctor Away

 

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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Congress should rewrite No Child Left Behind to help schools improve, not punish them on Friday - The Hechinger Report

“Thirteen years of NCLB has produced a number of lessons about what works and what doesn’t work in school improvement. It might be time to take a look at data dashboards as a new way of approaching school accountability.”
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NCLB Waiver States Share in New SIG Flexibility

NCLB Waiver States Share in New SIG Flexibility | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
School Improvement Grant rules out this month give more leeway on turnaround strategies to states with waivers, not just to SIG recipients.
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No Child Left Behind’s test-based policies failed. Will Congress keep them anyway? Feb. 13, 2015

No Child Left Behind’s test-based policies failed. Will Congress keep them anyway? Feb. 13, 2015 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Lost in the NCLB debate in Washington is whether test-based accountability policies will produce equitable educational opportunities through substantially improved schooling.
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As Common-Core Test Season Begins, Teachers Feel Pressure

As Common-Core Test Season Begins, Teachers Feel Pressure | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A combination of earlier testing times and interruptions in instruction due to snow days is putting pressure on teachers to cover as much content as they can to get students ready.
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The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Happy Friday, everyone. The Friday, that is, that will forever be known as the day after The Day The Internet Exploded Over That Stupid Dress.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Resources to Help Students Understand the Cost of Living

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Resources to Help Students Understand the Cost of Living | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Here are five good resources for helping students learn about the cost of living.

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Maine won't issue A-F grades to schools this year - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

A new assessment test in use means grading of schools will happen next in the fall of 2016 with two years of data.
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Los Angeles Unified Reverses 1-to-1 Direction -- THE Journal

Los Angeles Unified School District is backing away from its much-publicized 1-to-1 program.
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Smithsonian Libraries offer artists' books collection online » MobyLives

Smithsonian Libraries offer artists' books collection online » MobyLives | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Artists’ books are works of art, like paintings or sculptures, but in book form… Some are experimental and done by artists better known as painters or sculptors, as a way to extend their artistic practice. Many artists use the book format to create narratives to deal with difficult issues, with ideas that cannot be conveyed as clearly on a canvas or other medium. Some artist-made books illustrate the words of others, integrating art and literature. And some artists’ books do not have words at all. As a work created by an artist, the nature, appearance and purpose, of an artist’s book can be fundamentally different from what one might find on the shelves of the library.
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