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More info on how many days teachers take off | Get Schooled

I recently wrote about a new report on paid teacher leave that prompted questions from posters.
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6 Poets, 6 Questions: Brenda Shaughnessy in Conversation- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

6 Poets, 6 Questions: Brenda Shaughnessy in Conversation- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
\nMary Jo Bang, Mark Bibbins, and Brenda Shaughnessy will present on a panel titled...
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Shelf Awareness for Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Shelf Awareness

Shelf Awareness for Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Shelf Awareness | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Welcome to the Web site for Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade, the free e-mail newsletter dedicated to helping the people in stores, ...
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The New MakerBot Replicator Might Just Change Your World | Wired Design | Wired.com

The New MakerBot Replicator Might Just Change Your World | Wired Design | Wired.com | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Take the subway to an otherwise undistinguished part of Third Avenue in Brooklyn. Knock on the door. Wait for some stylishly disheveled young man to open it and let you in.
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Cobb school district uses polygraphs in investigations

Cobb school district uses polygraphs in investigations | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
An orchestra director, a special education teacher and a custodian are among the handful of Cobb County school employees who, in recent years, have been given controversial polygraph tests, a unique provision allowed under the district’s discipline...
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Mrs. Ingram's Classroom

Mrs. Ingram's Classroom | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Thank you for considering supporting my project to bring new, quality books to my students! My school library media center serves students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade from low income families.
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AASL kicks off new volume of Knowledge Quest | American Libraries Magazine

AASL kicks off new volume of Knowledge Quest | American Libraries Magazine | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

CHICAGO — The first issue of Knowledge Quest Volume 41 will soon be arriving on the doorsteps of members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The September/October 2012 issue of AASL’s official journal covers the topic of Participatory Culture and Learning and was guest edited by Buffy Hamilton and Ernie Cox.

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Court: Student’s Facebook Messages Are Protected Speech

Court: Student’s Facebook Messages Are Protected Speech | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
A story in Tuesday’s WSJ took a look at a new North Carolina law that makes it a crime for students to post statements via the Internet that “intimidate or torment faculty.” The move is one of the most aggressive yet by states to police students’...
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UGA to eliminate nearly 130 jobs

UGA to eliminate nearly 130 jobs | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Documents released by University of Georgia administrators to state officials indicate that the school plans to eliminate nearly 130 jobs.
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Are Class Differences in Parenting Creating a New Digital Divide? | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

Are Class Differences in Parenting Creating a New Digital Divide? | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.
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SXSWedu PanelPicker - Flip, Blend, Connect: Examining Our Practices VOTE now!

Vote now for this SXSWedu "Core Conversation" session proposal by Stephanie Sandifer (@ssandifer) and Carolyn Foote (@technolibrary):

 

Visit to vote: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/7414

 

Session Type: Core Conversation (This means we'll be facilitating a discussion among the audience rather than presenting or moderating a panel.  It should be engaging and a lot of fun!)

 

Session Description

 

Social technologies, multimedia, & mobile devices such as iPads have enabled educators and learners to become more connected and to engage in learning anytime, anywhere, 24/7/365. Blended learning, flipped classrooms, & connected learning are some of the latest buzzwords used to describe the emerging practices being rapidly adopted as devices become more ubiquitous for students. While many educators are embracing these methods, others find the terms confusing or vague and some debate whether the new methods and tools are effective or even very innovative. So what does all of this mean? How do we make these methods more meaningful and transformative methods of instruction? Let’s engage in a lively and constructive dialogue around these terms, the methods they describe, the how, why, why not, and what it means for our work as educators, learners, edupreneurs, and education innovators.

 

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What do we mean by flipped, blended, and connected learning? What makes a technology-based teaching and learning practice innovative or transformative?


Of these emerging practices, which, if any, do we consider more revolutionary and which seem to be merely a replication of the traditional methods/models/systems in digital form? Is it better to be truly revolutionary and transformative, or is replication acceptable if it improves learning outcomes?


What are the implications of this for each of us individually in our own work? How does this inform our practice or challenge how we approach the use of technology in teaching and learning?


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Kylie Peppler - High-Tech Textile Design: Learning By Doing and Making | Connected Learning

Kylie Peppler - High-Tech Textile Design: Learning By Doing and Making | Connected Learning | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Lessons learned from participatory 'computational textile' design communities for economically disadvantaged youth, in- and out-of-school.

Kylie A. Peppler is an Assistant Professor in the Learning Sciences Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. Peppler's collaborative investigations into e-textiles (with Yasmin Kafai and Leah Buechley) have led to new educational approaches to electronic textile design that push back on traditional notions of arts education. The National Science Foundation as well as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation support Peppler’s current work on creativity, systems thinking, and media arts in youth communities.

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Tying middle-income jobs to curriculums | Inside Higher Ed

Tying middle-income jobs to curriculums | Inside Higher Ed | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Bachelor degree production isn’t a big problem in this country. Associate degrees and certificates are where the U.S. lags other industrialized countries, according to the latest study from Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Underinvestment in sub-baccalaureate credentials has led to a messy, disorganized system of job training for 29 million middle-class jobs for workers without bachelor’s degrees, according to the report, which was released jointly by the center and Civic Enterprises, a public policy research firm.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/17/tying-middle-income-jobs-curriculums#ixzz26jlzlrqz
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No homework for my kids. No school for mine. For whom do such approaches really work? | Get Schooled

I read an interesting blog by a parent on her resistance to homework. In Starlighting Mama, writer Heather Shumaker explains why her household bans homework.
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Governor OKs $4.5 million for Lake Lanier resort run by...

Governor OKs $4.5 million for Lake Lanier resort run by... | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
With a golf course, a water park and an elegant lodge that promises visitors “the welcoming embrace of luxury,” the Lake Lanier Islands Resort exudes abundance, not need.
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librarian.net » Blog Archive » How not to write about libraries – some guidelines for reporters

librarian.net » Blog Archive » How not to write about libraries – some guidelines for reporters | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
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The New MakerBot Replicator Might Just Change Your World | Wired Design | Wired.com

The New MakerBot Replicator Might Just Change Your World | Wired Design | Wired.com | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Take the subway to an otherwise undistinguished part of Third Avenue in Brooklyn. Knock on the door. Wait for some stylishly disheveled young man to open it and let you in.
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Superstarchivist: My Letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

Superstarchivist: My Letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Our records “shall be open for a personal inspection by any citizen of this state at a reasonable time and place, and those in charge of such records shall not refuse this privilege to any citizen.” Further reductions in the Archives’ staff and elimination of open hours do not fulfill this mandate.

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Historian Says Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife

Historian Says Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
A Harvard historian of early Christianity said the papyrus, written in Coptic in the fourth century, contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ”...
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In North Carolina, Teachers, Too, Say They Are Cyberbullied

In North Carolina, Teachers, Too, Say They Are Cyberbullied | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Lawmakers in North Carolina have taken a tough stance on students who cyberbully faculty, making it a crime punishable by fines and probation.
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‘Making It’ in New York City Classrooms | Maker Education Initiative

‘Making It’ in New York City Classrooms | Maker Education Initiative | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Magic in the classroom, yes. But not magic. A teacher and a chemical engineer; and a teacher and a civil engineer; working together, using real tools, applying expansive thinking. The opportunities for creativity and real engagement with students are many, and are exciting. But more than that, this might demonstrate in microcosm what STEM education could be like for students everywhere: interdisciplinary, applied and taught to show how to bring together knowledge and skills to investigate, learn, solve problems and to convey the ways in which the medium of science, engineering and technology are a path for students to critical thinking. These are the things we want kids to learn, and here the medium truly is the message.

As we think about STEM education and how to prepare young people to understand the relentless pace of change in these fields, it’s worth noting that advances in computing allow for an ever more intricate understanding of the human genome and that engineers and technologists build colliders for physicists to research smashed particles. Today’s most remarkable discoveries, and each amazing advance in devices, robotics, health and more are based on a convergence of sciences, technologies and engineering. With that kind of a record, it’s a lead to follow as we reimagine classrooms.

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The American Crawl : Recent Publications On Participatory Culture and Learning

The American Crawl : Recent Publications On Participatory Culture and Learning | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

I want to share two recent publications that came out that I wrote focused on participatory learning in schools. Both focused on the alternate reality game I created as part of my dissertation research, Ask Anansi, these two publications look at the challenges and constraints of sustaining participatory learning within today’s public schools.

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SXSW PanelPicker: Human rights archiving in a digital age

As the world witnessed from the Rodney King beating to the Arab Spring, audiovisual documentation of human rights violations serve as powerful evidence that challenge dominant narratives on the past and present and impact how we shape and understand our future. Yet what happens to that documentation, often born-digital, once it serves its immediate purpose (i.e. news reporting, legal evidence) and how can we ensure its long-term preservation for the historical record? Through the experiences of the University of Texas Libraries Human Rights Documentation Initiative collaborating with human rights organizations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the US, this presentation discusses the challenges of archiving born-digital human rights documentation and demonstrates how university libraries are uniquely positioned to meet the challenge of preserving this material that will greatly enhance scholarship and teaching as well as empower records creators and enrich the historical record.

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SXSW PanelPicker: Encouraging Literacy & Young Authors Through Tech

While technology is often used by students to consume content for educational purposes as well as for entertainment, young people are also using digital technologies to create original content. In this talk we will share our experiences using technology to encourage and develop traditional and emerging literacies through digital self publishing. We will explore web-based, mobile app, and software options for K-12 students; participants will leave this conversation with a better understanding of how to implement these pieces of technology and frame their classrooms and libraries as makerspaces of student self-publishing. This talk is ideal for those who are curious about ways to create digital books with their students but are not sure where to start, as well as for those who have been experimenting with basic digital publishing and want to take it to the next level.

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Scholar Updates: Making New Connections - Google Scholar Blog

Since Google Scholar launched nearly eight years ago, we’ve been helping people find the research they’re looking for. But often the spark for discovery comes from making a new connection or looking in a direction that you hadn’t yet considered and that -- before your aha! moment -- you wouldn’t have known to look for. Today we hope to start fostering these new connections with Scholar Updates.

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