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The Intel Science Talent Search is the most prestigious science competition for high school seniors in the United States. And Jack Andraka is its winner.
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MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — The four-legged member of the counseling team at the high school in suburban Chicago waits patiently, as a crush of students fills the hallways. Her tail wags with the first pat on the head, then another and another.
How a small group of prisoners in the Warsaw Ghetto collected an archive detailing their lives for posterity.
The story of an archive which documented life in the Warsaw Ghetto is still unfinished--although most of the archive was found in the late 40s and in 1950, there is still a large portion of it missing.
Via Library Link of the Day http://www.tk421.net/librarylink/
Teaching with the Library of Congress: Top Posts of 2012. A blog post at "Teaching with the Library of Congress" on 2013-01-17.
What does it mean to grow up gaming? Critics warn that games may be addictive and lead to aggression. Supporters say that games may be the best educational tools ever.
As bookshelves (and e-readers) continue to groan with knock-offs of Seth Grahame-Smith's knock-off, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it seems worth asking: are zombies and ninjas the only way to make the novels of previous centuries relevant again?
See also: Austenland by Shannon Hale, movie on its way.
Every day this week, blogger and fellow Mainer Richard Byrne will be featuring blogs he recommends to different content area teachers. If you see something you like, visit the blog, find the RSS logo and subscribe via your favorite blog feed reader (in a Google Apps school, just copy the blog's URL and add it to "subscribe" in the Google Reader app).
Ajit Jaokar describes the principles he thinks should drive the teaching of programming.
New York state's teacher evaluation system is criticized by NYC's mayor--and the unraveling begins.
Frustrated with the amount of testing their students must undergo, a group of Seattle teachers is boycotting the district’s use of a computer adaptive test as a formative assessment tool—and their stand has drawn nationwide attention.
Google announced that it has revamped its image search to be faster and more effective.
A machine that lendslaptops (or iPads) to students with the swipe of an ID card. I don't know how much it costs, but I know how many human hours are spent on this task in my library every day...
Richard Byrne continues his recommendations this week for blogs and online resources for different content area teachers.
Digital Learning Day is February 6. The Alliance for Secondary Education has assembled a collection of lessons using digital technology for high school students.
Image source: http://www.gapingvoidart.com/dinosaur-p-53.html
Librarian Doug Johnson shares his tips for managing devices in the classroom--whether they're in the hands of students or colleagues.
Teachers' understanding varies over how to balance fiction and nonfiction to meet the English/language arts standards.
I almost didn't read this article--let alone scoop.it--because I feel like this issue has been pretty well over-examined. I am glad I read it, however, because it summarizes the arguments thus far and gets into a useful level of detail about how actual teachers are making Common Core standards work for their students.
Not many New Englanders will be watching the Super Bowl with much engagement this weekend, but if you are and you think your students will be, here are some suggestions for learning about media literacy by analyzing Super Bowl ads.
Via @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch
Although Black History Month provides a great opportunity for students to explore black history, it's important that teachers "reinforce that 'black history' is American history," writes Pat Russo in Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Black History Month. Keeping that in mind, in February, teachers can dig deeper into the history, provide students context, and connect the past to the present.
Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Black History Month. Keeping that in mind, in February, teachers can dig deeper into the history, provide students context, and connect the past to the present.
Richard Byrne suggests five blogs worth subscribing to via RSS (in a Google Apps school, add them to your Google Reader feed).
"School districts around the country are facing obstacles as they attempt to finalize new teacher evaluation systems in time for the 2013-14 school year. At least 30 states have passed laws requiring new evaluation systems, but many cities are experiencing pushback from teachers and unions, particularly on requirements to include student test scores as a part of a teacher’s rating."
And the winners are... Some people watch the Golden Globes, some get excited about the Oscars, but the day librarians across the country (this one included) anticipate and celebrate is always the last Monday in January--the day the ALA announces the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and many other award-winners for best children's and teen literature. We get pretty competitive about the predictions, too. Alas, my predictions were pretty far off the mark this year, but I am not alone--the reaction from the teen librarians is that we are all quite surprised by the Printz Award winners. Twitter and blogs have lit up with outrage that favorites such as John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys did not even make the runners up list.
By Ann Dornfeld
More on the Seattle school whose teachers are refusing to give a state assessment that consists of a standardized test.
A great example of how to use Dipity for presenting information. I've not explored this tool before but am inspired to check it out after seeing this example!
On Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day: 'International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27th. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. The United States officially commemorates the Holocaust during Days of Remembrance, which is held each April, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising."