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Questions Dog Common-Test Development

In the wake of announcing a new suite of tests, ACT Inc. pulls out of a contract with one of the groups crafting common assessments.
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California's Boom Masks State's Uneven Recovery

California's Boom Masks State's Uneven Recovery | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
California added jobs faster than the rest of the nation over the past year. Tech firms are showering riches on Silicon Valley, and home prices are soaring in places like Palo Alto.
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Half Of Americans Sleep Next To Their Mobile Phones - AppNewser

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Half Of Americans Sleep Next To Their Mobile Phones...
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Leaving the Laptop Behind - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Leaving the Laptop Behind - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Ever since tablets came onto the scene, I’ve been hoping for a good way to leave my laptop behind. It’s not just that eliminating the bulk of my laptop would make packing light easier–I’m also interested in avoiding the epic redundancy in my travel bag. Given how powerful my iPad and Android phone both are, it seems like I should be able to rely on their combined processing power for at least a few days. Many of us carry more computing power in our pockets than used to reside in offices. So, on a week-long trip cross-country, I decided to give the laptop-free lifestyle a try.

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Don't ask, don't tell, just judge

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(Takeesha)
I receive much criticism of my work; mostly it focuses on the exploitation angle. I am a banker taking pictures of addicts. I get it. There is another theme that runs through the comments....
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Are You A Baby Boomer? Save Your Liver And Get Tested For Hepatitis C Now - Forbes

Are You A Baby Boomer? Save Your Liver And Get Tested For Hepatitis C Now - Forbes | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Incivek and its competitor Victrelis are dramatically changing the picture for those with hepaitis C.
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Cafe Poets at Melbourne City Library | Library as Incubator Project

Cafe Poets at Melbourne City Library | Library as Incubator Project | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

One-off performances and workshops by poets, musicians, and other entertainers are hugely popular in libraries and serve as valuable additions to a library’s program roster. But long-term partnerships or residencies mean that an artist works closely with a library to facilitate a suite of programs, integrating inspiring performances with hands-on learning opportunities. Artists-in-residence may be visual artists, writers, or performers.

An excellent example of a poet-in-residence program is found in the Cafe Poet project in Australia. Established by Australian Poetry in 2009, the Cafe Poet program “aims to promote poetry while strengthening community relationships.” So far about fifty poets have been placed in cafes, bookshops, and, in the City of Melbourne’s case, the City Library.

The exchange is beneficial for everyone: poets are given space to write (and complimentary tea/coffee), as well as the chance to engage with their community; the host gets to be part of the poetry community, plan events in conjunction with the poet, and (hopefully) increase foot traffic.

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Seth's Blog: Stuck?

It might not be because you can't find the right answer. It's almost certainly because you're asking the wrong question. The more aggressively you redefine the problem, the more likely it is you're going to solve it.
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Perspicuous Perseids « Flickr Blog

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Have classes grown this year in your Georgia district? | Get Schooled

Have classes grown this year in your Georgia district? | Get Schooled | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
I have been getting comments and emails about larger class sizes this year, including an Atlanta parent whose middle school students had 43 students in her...
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NYC Makery: A Pop-Up Makerspace for Kids

NYC Makery: A Pop-Up Makerspace for Kids | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Yesterday HTINK opened the doors to a brand new pop-up makerspace for kids: The NYC Makery. As a group of makers and educators who are passionate about spreading the joy of making, we hav...
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Wikipedia:Wikipedia Loves Libraries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia:Wikipedia Loves Libraries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

The first Wikipedia Loves Libraries campaign was in 2011 across North America, and it's coming roaring back in 2012 worldwide.
It has been modeled on the summertime Great American Wiknic (multiple wiki-meetups on a single day), the broader WikiProject GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) collaboration effort, and the June 2011 Editathon at the British Library, where Wikipedians gathered at the library, and were given access to library resources in order to expand Wikipedia articles about miscellaneous topics.
The advantages of the Wikipedia Loves Libraries model:
Easy to organize, even at small public libraries
Welcoming to everyone, Wikipedians, Librarians and all library patrons
It's "the living reference section"
Also, it's fun!

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Library as Makerspace: Creating and Nurturing Communities of Teen Writers | NWP Digital Is

Library as Makerspace: Creating and Nurturing Communities of Teen Writers | NWP Digital Is | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

As part of our makerspace initiative this year (please see this blog post and this slidedeck here) and inspired by the work of the Sacramento Public Library, one of my focal points is thinking about ways the library can support creating communities of readers and writers who are crafting and composing texts (and I use the term text rather liberally). The Sacramento Public Library Winter 2012 "Write at iStreet Press" writing and publishing catalog offers a model of what the library as a makerspace for constructing texts looks like in a community through the public library.

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Rise in pedestrian fatalities in Georgia puts spotlight on safety  | ajc.com

Rise in pedestrian fatalities in Georgia puts spotlight on safety  | ajc.com | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
If you think driving in metro Atlanta is dangerous, try getting around it on foot or in a wheelchair.
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Ins and Outs of Publishing Your Book via the Web

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Most self-published books don’t sell a lot of copies. But it’s easier than ever to try one’s luck.
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School librarians gone missing - why? - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

School librarians gone missing - why? - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
School Librarian Numbers Decline from 2004-2005 to 2010-2011 , Fast Facts, July 30, 2012 (...&q...
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FAQ For Librarians - Outreach Wiki

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Celebrating the American Lighthouse - weather.com

Celebrating the American Lighthouse - weather.com | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
We went in search of your favorite lighthouses across the U.S. and highlight your top picks.
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Margaret Mitchell's nephew leaves estate to Atlanta Archdiocese  | ajc.com

Margaret Mitchell's nephew leaves estate to Atlanta Archdiocese  | ajc.com | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
The Archdiocese of Atlanta announced Thursday a major gift that includes a 50 percent stake in the trademark and literary rights to the international bestseller...
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Dozens of Plagiarism Incidents Are Reported in Coursera's Free Online Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Dozens of Plagiarism Incidents Are Reported in Coursera's Free Online Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

tudents taking free online courses offered by the startup company Coursera have reported dozens of incidents of plagiarism, even though the courses bear no academic credit. This week a professor leading one of the so-called Massive Open Online Courses posted a plea to his 39,000 students to stop plagiarizing, and Coursera's leaders say they will review the issue and consider adding plagiarism-detection software in the future.

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Loading South By Southwest with Librarians « The Signal: Digital Preservation

Loading South By Southwest with Librarians « The Signal: Digital Preservation | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

via Melissa Johnston

 

The “anyone” increasingly includes information professionals in libraries, archives and museums (LAMs). LAMS see SXSW as an opportunity to evangelize on core community issues such as open access, copyright and digital stewardship to a receptive tech community.

The thing is, SXSW has become so large that the jockeying for presentation slots now commences 8 months before the conference. The process of choosing panels includes a crowd-sourced aspect called the Panelpicker that engages the public to vote on panels they’d be interested in attending at the conference.

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Governor responds to school chief’s strong opposition to charter amendment on Nov. ballot | Get Schooled

Gov.Nathan Deal has issued a response to the surprising news yesterday that State Schools Superintendent and fellow Republican John Barge was breaking rank and...
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Study documents value of college degree, even in this recession | Inside Higher Ed

Study documents value of college degree, even in this recession | Inside Higher Ed | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Stories abound of college graduates working at Starbucks, living at home and facing an uncertain economic future. And many of these stories have led to increased questioning of the value of a college degree.
But a report released today says that -- despite the current economic hardships faced by people at all levels of education -- the value of a college degree remains strong.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/08/15/study-documents-value-college-degree-even-recession#ixzz23dhN9ror
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Knowing the difference between Twitter and LIFE

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I read an interesting post in the Atlantic today about Chinese artist/dissident Ai Weiwei and his love for Twitter. I respect Weiwei for his courageous stand against the repressive Chinese governme...
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Challenges rise as Georgia Perimeter faculty, staff return to work  | ajc.com

Challenges rise as Georgia Perimeter faculty, staff return to work  | ajc.com | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Troubles at Georgia Perimeter College continue, as the school faces additional financial pressures and possible scrutiny from an accreditation agency, the interim president said Monday.
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