The Internet Scout staff takes pride in providing links to some of the best online resources in our weekly Scout Report. Although all of the resources we cover are valuable, inevitably some stand out from the pack. In this year's 'Best of' issue, we share some of our favorite sites from the past academic year. The process of selecting which sites to include was not easy, as the interests of our staff vary as much as those of our readers. Whether it is the design of the site, the fascinating content, or its classroom usability, Scout staff all have different rationale for preferring one online resource over another. Nevertheless, we were able to produce a top ten list that we could all agree on and that also features some reader favorites as well. We hope you enjoy this list and take a few minutes to revisit some of our favorite sites from 2015-2016. As always, we look forward to providing new batches of fantastic resources throughout the upcoming year.
According to a research project conducted by the University of Virginia in the United States, the Warwick University in the United Kingdom, and the McGill University in Canada, IB graduate students who had taken part in the EE are more confident and more prepared in tackling their university studies than their non-IB counterparts.
"I know many of us educators (and those at home) have been working hard all year to try to cultivate or protect a love of reading in our learners. Now with warmer temperatures and summer beckoning for the Northern Hemisphere comes the real test; will kids keep reading over the summer? Is what we did enough? Did we lay enough of a foundation, get them excited, get them hooked so that the next few weeks or months will not put them in a reading drought? While time will truly be the judge of how the work might pay off, here are a few ideas that may help depending on the age of the learner."
Typical plans focus too much on fragmented day-to-day lessons and activities on discrete topics instead of deriving coherent plans ‘backward’ from long-term performance. The result is the beast called “coverage.” More subtly, many plans focus far too much on what the teacher and students will be doing instead of mapping out a plan for causing specific results and changes in ability, attitude, and behavior. A surprising number of plans do not make student engagement a central design consideration. And most plans do not explicitly design in a plan B many plans have no Plan B when Plan A doesn’t work. And even larger number do not plan mindful of predictable misconceptions and rough spots.
Robinson says very quickly the school realized the switch may have been a mistake. Complaints poured in from students and teachers. The on-screen keyboard was frustrating, they said. Science teachers couldn’t use certain electronic probes and instruments. And worst of all, Robinson says, both students and teachers found iPads distracting.
From NiemanLab: To illustrate the disparity in political news on Facebook, The Wall Street Journal created “Blue Feed, Red Feed,” a tool that gives users a side-by-side look at how conservative and liberal news sources are talking about divisive topics such as guns, ISIS, Donald Trump, an
evaluations have changed rapidly — affecting pay and benefits for 3.1 million teachers and reshaping the way states and school districts distribute some half a trillion dollars of taxpayer money annually. Since 2009, 46 states have adopted more stringent evaluations systems
In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.
The proportion of the highest-earning families who get financial aid in the form of so-called merit grants from universities is up from 23 percent a decade ago to 28 percent today, the government’s National Center for Education Statistics found, while the proportion of the lowest-earning families getting aid has dropped from 23 percent to 20 percent.
Sixty-two years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision by the US Supreme Court, many public schools remain segregated along income and racial lines, according to data from the Government Accountability Office. Data show the number of schools serving more than 90% of low-income students and students of color more than doubled between 2001 and 2014.
Hub blogger Julie Bartel interviews National Book Award winner and multiple Printz Honor Book recipient M.T. Anderson.
There are, unfortunately, some adults who scorn the literature that is written specifically for teenagers. If you are one of those people, if you hold even the tiniest, most secret sliver of doubt that Young Adult literature as a genre should be valued, treasured and even taught, you need to meet M. T. Anderson and his work.
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