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Exams Aren't the Enemy: How Tests Can Help Low-Income Students

Exams Aren't the Enemy: How Tests Can Help Low-Income Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A teacher at a Massachusetts charter school weighs in on the Atlanta cheating scandal. By Talmadge Nardi April 18, 2013

Nardi is a high school teacher who argues that there is value in standardized tests, but that high test scores should not be the primary goal of instruction.

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Easton High School makes national ‘beating the odds’ list

Easton High School makes national ‘beating the odds’ list | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Easton Junior-Senior High School has found itself as the lone Maine school on Newsweek’s list of 500 American high schools that are overcoming barriers to student success. Maine news, sports, politics and election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
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John Dewey in the History of Education | Explore Taylor & Francis Online

John Dewey in the History of Education | Explore Taylor & Francis Online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To mark the centenary of Dewey’s Democracy and Education (1916), and in view of the worldwide migration of the text and its discourses, the History of Education Society UK has collaborated with the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, to encourage debate between philosophers and historians on issues of change and continuity from the publication of the original work up to the present and into the future. A joint conference ‘Dewey’s Democracy and Education: 100 years on’ to be held in Cambridge UK in September 2016 will feature 125 papers from 25 countries. Democracy and Education was translated into 38 languages, and Dewey was invited to make extended visits to Japan (1918/19), China (1919-21), Turkey (1924), Mexico (1926) and Soviet Russia (1928), as well as South Africa for the New Education Federation World Congress in July 1934; though by now in his sixties, each of these visits in turn influenced the progress of his thought as his writing and his influence continued into old age. Given his complex and often contradictory impact in so many cultural and economic contexts over the subsequent century, Dewey and his entire opus continues to provoke new historical and philosophical research by educationists. (To read the editorial in full click here)

Enjoy free access to an array of articles focusing on John Dewey in the History of Education. These articles are free to access via this page until the end of November 2016.
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Boston brings the music back by boosting arts education

Boston brings the music back by boosting arts education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At a time when schools across the country are cutting arts education, this city is aiming to make it universal. Myran Parker-Brass, a classically trained mezzo-soprano who sang for the Boston Symphony, is working to provide weekly arts education to all middle and elementary Boston public school students. And she’s not stopping there. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports.
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Hear the First Recording of Computer Music: Researchers Restore Three Melodies Programmed on Alan Turing’s Computer (1951)

Hear the First Recording of Computer Music: Researchers Restore Three Melodies Programmed on Alan Turing’s Computer (1951) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

However you feel about electronic music, you’ll still find yourself listening to it most places you go. For better or worse, it has become mood music, soothing the jangled nerves of customers in coffee shops and lulling boutique shoppers into a pleasant sense of hip.
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Can You Read a Book the Wrong Way?

Can You Read a Book the Wrong Way? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Adam Kirsch and Anna Holmes debate whether some methods of reading are more correct than others.
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15 Quotes About Censorship And The Danger Of Banning Books

15 Quotes About Censorship And The Danger Of Banning Books | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Censorship has been a hotly debated issue almost as long as books and writing have been in print for consumption. There will likely always be someone who doesn't like what the masses are reading, whether it's the witchy world of Harry Potter, or even a classic like Lord of the Flies or Fahrenheit
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Digital Readiness Gaps

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Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online, and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge
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Collaboratively Write Music Online

Collaboratively Write Music Online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A couple months ago we wrote about an add on for Google Docs that allowed users to write music in Google Apps. This article shares a website that allows users to create and share music collaboratively, and even works seamlessly with Google Classroom. The website is flat.io and comes in an individual and educational version (both have free options).
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24 Most Controversial Books of All Time

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Readers.com infographic details most challenged/banned books of all time
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Five myths about the Middle Ages

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Don’t believe “Game of Thrones”: Medieval Europe wasn’t racially homogenous.
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Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Consider using at least one of these protocols -- QFT, Chalk Talk, Say Something, or the Harkness Discussion -- to foster student inquiry.
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Class of 2016 - MacArthur Foundation

Class of 2016 - MacArthur Foundation | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Meet the 2016 MacArthur Fellows “While our communities, our nation, and our world face both historic and emerging challenges, these 23 extraordinary individuals give us ample reason for hope. They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all.” —MacArthur President Julia Stasch
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Kirkus Prize Finalists Include Annie Proulx, Sherman Alexie, Jason Reynolds

Kirkus Prize Finalists Include Annie Proulx, Sherman Alexie, Jason Reynolds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From the lingering sins of a nation's snarled roots to the complexities of mental illness and even to the colorful quest for a name of one's own, the books that round out this year's Kirkus Prize shortlists won't let you easily forget history — on whatever scale it's defined.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ List of 13 Recommended Books

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ List of 13 Recommended Books | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Ta-Nehisi Coates has been riding a wave so high these past few years that most honest writers would confess to at least some small degree of envy. And yet anyone—writer or reader—who appreciates Coates’ rigorous scholarship, stylistic mastery, and enthralling personal voice must also admit that the accolades are well-earned. Winner of the National Book Award for his second autobiographical work, Between the World and Me and recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” Coates is frequently called on to discuss the seemingly intractable racism in the U.S., both its long, gritty history and continuation into the present.
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How to follow Rosetta’s grand finale

How to follow Rosetta’s grand finale | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
28 September 2016
Rosetta is set to complete its historic mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September, with the end of mission confirmation predicted to be within 20 minutes of 11:20 GMT (13:20 CEST).

Details of how, when and where to follow the key moments online, starting with a review of the mission’s impressive haul of science highlights on 29 September, can be found below
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David Byrne & Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain the Importance of an Arts Education (and How It Strengthens Science & Civilization)

David Byrne & Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain the Importance of an Arts Education (and How It Strengthens Science & Civilization) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
STEAM argues for the necessity of the arts, which in primary and secondary education have waxed and waned depending on prevailing theory and, perhaps more importantly, political will.
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An Interactive Map of Odysseus’ 10-Year Journey in Homer’s Odyssey

An Interactive Map of Odysseus’ 10-Year Journey in Homer’s Odyssey | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it


The Odyssey, one of Homer's two great epics, narrates Odysseus' long, strange trip home after the Trojan war.
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How to Address Race and Police Violence: Advice for Educators, Part II

How to Address Race and Police Violence: Advice for Educators, Part II | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
After recent shootings in Tulsa, Charlotte, and Columbus, how can educators talk to students about police violence and race?
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Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning

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Because PBL is about more than learning content, PBL teachers should investigate and experiment with multi-model strategies for assessing their students' learning skills.
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The Research Files Episode 23: Bias in grading

Are teachers ever influenced by bias when it comes to grading student work? This is the focus of a new report from researchers at the University of New England.
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How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development

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As one-size-fits-all PD fades away, more personalized professional development models have emerged. The Pineapple Chart may be the greatest of them all.
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Measuring Scientific Impact Beyond Citation Counts

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The measurement of scientific progress remains a significant challenge exasperated by the use of multiple different types of metrics that are often incorrectly used, overused, or even explicitly abused. Several metrics such as h-index or journal impact factor (JIF) are often used as a means to assess whether an author, article, or journal creates an "impact" on science. Unfortunately, external forces can be used to manipulate these metrics thereby diluting the value of their intended, original purpose. This work highlights these issues and the need to more clearly define "impact" as well as emphasize the need for better metrics that leverage full content analysis of publications.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 37 

The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 37  | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This week's Scout Report reviews the online resources listed below. Visit the Scout Report here:

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2016/0923
to read the detailed annotations of each resources and get direct links to the sites.

     Research and Education
Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project 
Algebrarules.com 
Storybench 
Earth Science System Data: the Data Publishing Journal 
The Collective Biographies of Women 
MiddleWeb 
Core Skill Standards for Bioscience Technicians (PDF) 
Z-Axis Mapping Tool 

     General Interest 
Revisionist History 
Ensia T
he Fine Books Blog 
NOVA: Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped? 
Andre Studios 1930-1941 
Genome: Unlocking Life's Code: Timeline of the Human Genome 
How We Get to Next 
U.S. Census Bureau: Data Visualization Gallery 

     Network Tools 
Beets 
Laverna 

     In the News 
A 101 Year Old Endeavor, Realized at Last: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens Saturday

Copyright © 2016 Internet Scout Research Group - http://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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The mysterious ancient origins of the book

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The debate about ebooks v paper books is nothing new. Keith Houston explains how a very similar debate raged as the first books came to be in ancient Rome.
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Transcript: Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge

Transcript: Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"In the 15 years since its inception, Wikipedia has become as much a global community as a business venture — a living organism with a mission statement to make “the sum of all human knowledge available to every person in the world.” And a conversation with co-founder Jimmy Wales — one of the architects of that philosophy and the world-changing project that has grown up around it — is full of surprises. What Wikipedia is learning has resonance for our wider public life — about the imperfect but gratifying work of navigating truth amidst difference, ongoing learning, and dynamic belonging."

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