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What Can Educators Learn From 'Bunkum' Research?

What Can Educators Learn From 'Bunkum' Research? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Researchers look back on nine years of booby prizes for problematic education research.
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Higher education chiefs deliver ‘State of Education’ speeches to lawmakers

Higher education chiefs deliver ‘State of Education’ speeches to lawmakers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
AUGUSTA, Maine — The heads of Maine’s three public higher education systems told lawmakers on Tuesday that their institutions are in the midst of change but would come out at the other end better than they are today. “Our universities face an unprecedented combination of economic, demographic and competitive challenges,” [...]
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Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

Where Have All The Teachers Gone? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Enrollment at teacher training programs is down in many parts of the country, raising fears of a looming teacher shortage.
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Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class - Brilliant or Insane

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class - Brilliant or Insane | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Use these ten reflective questions at the end of class to help learners deepen their understandings of themselves and their work.
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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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4 ways to use evidence in education - and 15 places to start

4 ways to use evidence in education - and 15 places to start | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A panel discusses ways to implement research in teaching practice and makes these four recommendations: 1)Look for evidence of our impact, 2) Avoid poor choices 3) Do "cool things" and 4) Be a research leader

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Most Math Curricula Found to Be Out of Sync With Common Core

A new Consumer Reports-style review of instructional materials for K-8 math has found that 17 out of 20 series fail to fully align with the Common Core State Standards.
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How can we ensure better teacher quality?

How can we ensure better teacher quality? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In too many places, however, efforts are underway to craft systems that disregard the art of teaching in favor of the (misunderstood) science of measurement. These sorts of systems are more about pushing people out than lifting them up, and they continue to act as though the intellectual growth of students (and a narrow definition of it at that) is the preeminent measure of an effective teacher.
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New Mexico Students Walk Out Over New Tests

New Mexico Students Walk Out Over New Tests | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Students frustrated over a new standardized test walked out of schools around New Mexico in protest Monday as the new exam was being given.

The backlash came as millions of U.S. students started taking more rigorous exams aligned with Common Core standards. Many parents and students around the country have opted out of the exams. Others are lobbying lawmakers and education officials for change.
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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

 

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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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