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The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries - Forbes

The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries - Forbes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Libraries, like other consumers, should be free to buy any published e-content at competitive prices, to keep these items in their collection, and to loan them to their patrons.
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Forbes says libraries and publishers could resolve this by charging libraries each time an eBook is borrowed, instead of an initial price for the book itself.  This is an interesting idea, but I'm not sure how I'd budget or write a PO request for that model.  

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Object Lesson

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For many of us, our book collections are, in at least one major way, tantamount to our children—they are manifestations of our identity, embodiments of our selfhood; they are a dynamic interior heftily externalized, a sensibility, a worldview defined and objectified. For readers, what they read is where they’ve been, and their collections are evidence of the trek.
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Survey Shows Teachers, Parents Place Value on Music Education

Survey Shows Teachers, Parents Place Value on Music Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new survey of parents and teachers shows how strongly they feel about music education and I pull out some of the more interesting points.
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The best literary magazines around - Picador

The best literary magazines around - Picador | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Imagine it: comfy chair, blanket, tea or coffee or a glass of wine, your favourite literary magazine. Could there be a more perfect way to pass the time? This list features a select few literary journals, quarterlies and online magazines that we love to lose ourselves in. 
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Let Kids Fidget in Class: Why It Can Be Good For Those with ADHD

Let Kids Fidget in Class: Why It Can Be Good For Those with ADHD | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There's a correlation between physical movement and mental work, new research suggests. For kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, that may mean bouncing a knee helps sharpen their focus.
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Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science

Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Every time we impose gender on an action or a role—and every time we reinforce that gendering—we are placing limits on people. “Boys with toys” is a very specific stereotype of scientists. It brings to mind not only the phrase “boys will be boys,” one that tends to exempt boys and men from paying attention to culturally appropriate behavior, but also the idea that scientists perform science only for their own enjoyment.
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Aligning an Existing Curriculum to the NGSS

Aligning an Existing Curriculum to the NGSS | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
My freshman class uses the Levine and Miller Biology Textbook from 2004, and there’s no sign that any money will be available anytime soon for a new textbook even though our state will likely be adopting the NGSS.  That leaves me, like many other teachers, looking at a somewhat outdated textbook and finding a way to update a curriculum to align it with the new standards.
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Panel votes to dump Smarter Balanced school test after debut year

AUGUSTA, Maine — After its debut year, Maine appears to be on the path to dumping its brand new statewide test meant to measure what students have learned. That means whatever state assessment comes next would be the third that Maine schools have seen in as many years. On Monday, [...]
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Don’t Let Class Tech Be Just a Garnish

Don’t Let Class Tech Be Just a Garnish | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"It’s been said before, but it bears repeating, that technology, whether in the form of a device or an application, is but a tool in our teaching toolbox. It needs to be an integral and vital part of the lesson, and must truly improve the instruction."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 19, 9:36 PM

We need to use digital tools in meaningful ways. Technology is about a conversation with and about our tools. Whitehead used the word genius to describe the way teachers care for the place, people, and tools they are in relationship with. Heidegger likened using tools to good and thoughtful craftsmanship.

 

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Jess Johnson's curator insight, May 20, 3:00 AM

Good for the other side of the argument in the electronic educational debate. Informative.

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Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results

Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The effect of banning mobile phones from school premises adds up to the equivalent of an extra week’s schooling over a pupil’s academic year, according to research by Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy, published by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics
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New Autism Research Outlines Gender Differences in Social Interactions

Girls and boys with autism spectrum disorder may both face social rejection from peers, but exclusion by girls may be harder to spot, recent research suggests.
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We’re boring our kids in school: This easy reform will actually help them learn

We’re boring our kids in school: This easy reform will actually help them learn | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In spite of our teachers’ heroic efforts, our schools are fighting a losing battle with boredom. Indiana University’s High School Survey of Student Engagement finds that 65 percent of students report being bored “at least every day in class.” Sixteen percent—nearly one in six students—are bored in every class.
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The Age of Book Characters According to How Old Do I Look

The Age of Book Characters According to How Old Do I Look | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"How Old Do I Look? can be surprisingly accurate or hysterical depending on the picture. I took the covers of books from different areas to test out the software's accuracy with some interesting results."

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Happy Friday!

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Does Technology Belong in Classroom Instruction?

Does Technology Belong in Classroom Instruction? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Lisa Nielsen of the New York City Department of Education says teachers can use technology in the classroom to expand students’ horizons. José Antonio Bowen of Goucher Colleges says it often interferes with teaching children how to think.
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7 Simple Steps to Maintain Classroom Culture

7 Simple Steps to Maintain Classroom Culture | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Many schools across the country just completed their last major break of the year, which means it is one mad dash to the finish line. It is a time when teachers and students alike begin to look forward to beach chairs, backyard bbqs, and hitting snooze on the alarm. As much promise as all this forward thinking holds, it can take one’s eye off the ball and wreak havoc on a classroom culture.
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The unexpected plot twists in one senior’s college admissions journey

The seventh and final installment in a series about one New Hampshire senior's quest to apply to college. Where she got accepted and where she decided to go.
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‘Never touch anything under a desk.’ Seniors pen funny, painful recollections about what they learned in school.

High school seniors around the country are wrapping up their K-12 education, and in at least one class, they are looking to assess what they learned, and facing their fears for the future.
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PBL: What Does It Take for a Project to Be "Authentic"?

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John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education looks at the criteria determining whether or not project based learning is authentic, and how important this distinction might be.
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Is America Failing Its Children by Not Teaching Code in Every High School?

Is America Failing Its Children by Not Teaching Code in Every High School? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are many reasons why American schools are poor at teaching coding—so many that the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) published a 75-page report enumerating them. The biggest issue is that the public-school system is decentralized. Most public schools follow national teaching guidelines—the Common Core—and complete standardized tests based on those, but states and local bodies make classroom-level decisions.
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Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say

Asked to identify obstacles to student achievement, the best educators point to factors outside class.
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College financial aid letters can get complicated, but are rarely trickery - The Hechinger Report

"Financial aid letters are far from perfect, but critics who say colleges are intentionally misleading, as did some of those quoted in a recent Hechinger Report article, are mistaken. For critics to say this is standard practice serves no one — students, families or colleges."

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Legislature’s Education Committee votes to drop Maine’s standardized test

The education committee also unanimously supported a bill to create a 15-member working group to explore how to move ahead with the state’s plans for “standards-based diplomas” aimed at ensuring students are proficient in key subject areas before graduating.
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The 22 Rules to Perfect Storytelling, According to Pixar

The 22 Rules to Perfect Storytelling, According to Pixar | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Back in 2012, now-former Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted a series of pearls of narrative wisdom she had picked up from working at the studio over the years. Pixar is responsible for some of the most compelling and engaging stories to hit theaters in the past several years, from Toy Story to Finding Nemo to Wall-E.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 19

The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 19 | 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/2015/0515

 

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

 

Research and Education

  Whitney Museum of American Art: For Teachers
  Journal of the American Revolution
  Exploratorium: Geometry Playground: Activities and Links
  PRISM: Political & Rights Issues & Social Movements
  Dolphin Deaths: A Case Study in Environmental Toxicology
  Library of Congress: The Chattanooga Daily Rebel
  Smithsonian National Postal Museum
  USGS: Volcano Hazards Program

 

General Interest

  EPA: Environmental Justice
  DPLA: The Golden Age of Radio in the US
  Diversity: A Nature & Scientific American Special Issue
  MCNY Blog: New York Stories
  Pew Research Center: Web IQ Quiz
  MIT Video
  Tulane Digital Library: Baby Boom America Collection
  Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

Network Tools

  doubleTwist
  Toodledo

 

In the News

  Amazon's Drone Delivery Dream

 

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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Five-Minute Film Festival: Restoring Hope and Faith in Humanity

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It's that time of year when many teachers need a little pick-me-up. Here's a playlist of videos to give you an uplifting, inspiring, end-of-the-year push.
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The Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection Online – Smithsonian Libraries Unbound

The Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection Online – Smithsonian Libraries Unbound | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to announce the new webpage of the Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection!

The Artists’ Books Collection includes hundreds of works of art in book form across numerous branches at the Smithsonian Libraries, spanning the 20th century through today, including works by artists such as Georges Adéagbo, Ida Applebroog, Julie Chen, Laura Davidson, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Luan Nel, Yoko Ono, Ed Ruscha, and Claire Van Vliet. While some books in the collection are fairly common or are multiples, many are limited editions or unique and cannot be seen anywhere else but at the Smithsonian Libraries. The site serves as the portal to search or browse the entirety of the collection across the branches, to provide information about collection access, and to highlight book arts related happenings, projects and acquisitions at the Smithsonian Libraries.
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