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The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut

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Before he was a novelist, Vonnegut was a master's degree candidate in anthropology who proposed that all of society's stories could be graphed.

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Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about U.S. school reform (it isn’t good)

Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about U.S. school reform (it isn’t good) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A Q & A with Robinson on school reform.
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Common Schools in a Fractured World

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Education inequality and the introduction of Common Core make the idea of restoring Horace Mann's ideal obsolete.
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Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children?

Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Student-centered learning has largely been the domain of middle class families. David Gribble found that less privileged children can thrive in these environments as well.
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CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week - YouTube

"The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library's parody of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." 
In homage to Taylor Swift and her outspoken support of public libraries and literacy and in celebration of National Library Week. See the answer key to reveal all the Taylor Swift references in the video: http://tscpl.org/checkitout "

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New York's Complicated Teacher Evaluation Proposal Is The Exception, Not The Rule

New York's Complicated Teacher Evaluation Proposal Is The Exception, Not The Rule | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
All these attempts to reform teacher evaluations are happening as the research on how best to assess teacher quality remains in its earliest stages, and teachers and students are being affected with every shift in policy. “We’re in the Wright brothers stage,” said Jim Hull, a senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Education. “We’re getting these policies in the air, and they’re not designed to be as effective as they probably could be. There’s still a lot to learn.”
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About PoMoSco — PoMoSco

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PoMoSco — short for Poetry Month Scouts — is the Found Poetry Review’s 2015 National Poetry Month project. This April, 213 poets representing 43 states and 12 countries are joining together as a troop to earn digital merit badges for completing experimental and found poetry prompts.

Poetry prompts are divided into five categories: remixing, erasure, out and about, conceptual and chance operation  corresponding to their generation method. Each category offers six distinct badges that can be earned. Badges vary in level of difficulty — some may be completed in less than an hour and within one’s home, while others require additional time, interacting with the public and learning to use new software. Poets choose their own source texts from which to craft their poems.

Poets participating in PoMoSco demonstrate a willingness to experiment and write outside of their comfort zone. While not every poem they produced this month will be publication-worthy,  our poets end the month with some strong starts and a new set of tools to which they can turn to as they continue their career as a writer.
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National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

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In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry links for educators, including resources from the web, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.
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Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech | Tech Learning

Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech | Tech Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
April is School Library Month, and this year’s theme is “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends.” No tag line could be truer. Librarians are lifelong learners by nature. Whether it is the newest educational theory, the latest research methods, or the newest educational technology push, librarians love to learn and share new things.
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14 More Google Search Tricks You Didn’t Know Existed | The Gooru

14 More Google Search Tricks You Didn’t Know Existed | The Gooru | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Originally intended as a way to easily find websites, Google’s engineers have quietly slipped secret functionalities into Google Search to do even more for its 1.17 billion users. These hidden (…) Read more

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , GwynethJones
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Google is really great! Just imagine how would be life without it.

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añada su visión ...

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Some excellent features that I wasn't aware of.

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Where Kids Can Get Credit for Work Experience

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Giving students more of a say over their learning is integral to the larger effort to turn around Pittsfield, which had long been considered one of the state’s weaker public high schools. Its standardized test scores and graduation rates have lagged behind statewide averages. Pittsfield students have been more likely than many of their peers elsewhere in the state to say they don’t plan to attend college, according to a survey.
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Senate Plan to Revise No Child Left Behind Law Would Not Measure Teachers by Test Scores

Senate Plan to Revise No Child Left Behind Law Would Not Measure Teachers by Test Scores | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The proposal retains the requirement for yearly tests, but the federal government would no longer prescribe how the states handle schools with continuously poor scores.
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library

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In honor of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month, VideoAmy has produced a list of interesting and insightful videos and resources that explore the future of the school library.
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Is There a Third Way for ESEA?

Last month, a highly polarized debate waylaid a House vote on the federal government's most important education legislation: the LBJ-era Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Known since 2002 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), it provides more than $13 billion annually to support education for disadvantaged children.
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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

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Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.
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Why Have American Education Standards Collapsed?

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How a broad range of factors have led to an across-the-board decline of standards in American education over the last 45 years.
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High School Students, Doing Their Teacher's Taxes

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Students learn financial literacy—and labor economics—by filling out a teacher’s federal income tax return.
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2014 Book Challenges Infographic

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Libraries in the Digital Age

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Technology has changed our role too. Now we no longer maintain (buy, hold, weed) information only. We provide the access and people find the vast majority of information on their own. But librarians have been doing that for ages, just with books. We show you where the business section is; it’s up to you to decide what information you want and how you want to retrieve it. Look at the index? Read a chapter? Check it out? Look for something else? So that part of a librarian’s role is the same. We still provide the avenue for people to improve their own knowledge base. I think it’s just that the mediums have changed.
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State of America's Libraries Report 2015 | News and Press Center

State of America's Libraries Report 2015 | News and Press Center | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 12– 18, 2015.
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50 Shades of Uncertainty in Educational Research by @Lisa7Pettifer | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education Community

50 Shades of Uncertainty in Educational Research by @Lisa7Pettifer | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education Community | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Lots of people engage in educational research. Some of them make a living from it, even though they’re not teachers; some of them don’t, even though they are. It seems there are many tensions between the worlds of teachers, trained to teach (by the universities, for the most part, at least until recently) yet not engaged in research, and the worlds of researchers, engaged in gathering evidence about education, yet not involved, directly, in school teaching.
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National Poetry Month | Academy of American Poets

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
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Maine Voices: Test question: Who benefits?

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Standardized tests leave much to be desired when it comes to promoting critical thinking and true learning among students.
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What you don’t know about Internet algorithms is hurting you. (And you probably don’t know very much!)

What you don’t know about Internet algorithms is hurting you. (And you probably don’t know very much!) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Algorithms dictate everything you see online -- including this story. Despite their power, we know little about how they work.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 14

The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 14 | 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/2015/0410 ;

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

 

Research and Education

  Civil War Studies
  Boston College Subpoena
  Farmers Bear Brunt of Climate Impacts
  Solar Dynamics Observatory
  Oklahoma Humanities Magazine
  Women in Science
  Career One Stop: Green Careers
  The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies

 

General Interest

  Washington Post: Energy and Environment
  Research News at Vanderbilt
  How Millenials today compare with their grandparents 50 years ago
  Brookings: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  Spatial History Project
  From Colonialism to Tourism: Maps in American Culture
  Hirshhorn: Current Exhibitions

 

Network Tools

  Ghostery
  Drive by Jolicloud

 

In the News

  Nonnative Species Wreak Havoc in Florida

 

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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STEM teaching toolkit supports deeper learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

STEM teaching toolkit supports deeper learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new STEM teaching toolkit from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) aims to improve curriculum design through authentic, collaborative, project-based learning experiences.
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