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Scholarly publishing is broken: Is it time to consider guerrilla self-publishing? | Impact of Social Sciences

Scholarly publishing is broken: Is it time to consider guerrilla self-publishing? | Impact of Social Sciences | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"I ask you: if an article falls into the Taylor and Francis journal system and no one gets to read it, is any new knowledge created? If we’re all circulating these papers “pre-print” why are we bothering with these commercial publications at all, except for personal professional gain? And what should we do?"

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Figure/Ground at the Cleveland Public Library | Library as Incubator Project

Figure/Ground at the Cleveland Public Library | Library as Incubator Project | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

"Cleveland Public Library’s See Also program is an innovative partnership with LAND Studio that brings a rotating suite of contemporary art installations to the library’s Eastman Reading Garden. See Also is a clever pun that plays on a reference cataloging term; if you find it on a digital book record (or on a card-catalog card, if your library is old school), it means “check out these terms too; they’re related to what you’re looking for.” In this case, See Also suggests that the visual arts can help the community see their library with a new perspective."

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Maker Education Initiative | Every Child a Maker

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he mission of the Maker Education Initiative is to create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts—and learning as a whole. We want young people to join—and eventually lead—the growing Maker Movement.
We are launching the Maker Education Initiative at Maker Faire Bay Area (May 19-20, 2012). Our goal is to build on the excitement and inspiration of Maker Faire and explore working with partners in our community to promote more opportunities for children and teens to participate in making activities and develop their own projects as makers.

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Letting Fourth Graders Solve the World’s Problems

Letting Fourth Graders Solve the World’s Problems | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board and lets his 4th-graders solve them.
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In Rory Staunton’s Fight for His Life, Signs That Went Unheeded

In Rory Staunton’s Fight for His Life, Signs That Went Unheeded | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Rory Staunton, 12, went to the emergency room with a sick stomach and fever one day in March; he was sent home, and three days later, he died of septic shock.
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Peter Sís | Corning Museum of Glass

Peter Sís | Corning Museum of Glass | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Designer Peter Sís works with Museum glassmakers to explore and prototype his design concepts in a public GlassLab session at the Museum’s Hot Glass Show on the Courtyard Stage. Sessions run continuously from 10am -12 pm, and the public ... more

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The Opportunity Gap

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In a year consumed by the inequality problem, one demographic has gone largely unreported: our children. Robert Putnam sheds new light.
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Moths by Jennifer O'Grady : Poetry Magazine

Moths by Jennifer O'Grady : Poetry Magazine | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Adrift in the liberating, late light / of August, delicate, frivolous, / they make their way to my front porch / and flutter near the glassed-in bulb,...
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Studying Participatory Culture: Reflection on Recent Media Conferences

When I started his blog, it was not only with the idea to document fan events and discussions better and form a small portal for my research, but also to write about the state of the art in media s...
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Hechinger Report | Q&A with Jonathan Lightman: The uncertain future of California’s community colleges

Hechinger Report | Q&A with Jonathan Lightman: The uncertain future of California’s community colleges | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Informing the Public about Education through Quality Journalism...
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School media centers to lose staff  | ajc.com

DeKalb County school officials will ask state school Superintendent John Barge to waive a requirement for minimum staffing of school media centers.
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July 12, 2012 #literacies: Time, Timely, Timeless

Lately I (@writerswriting, Anna) have turned to listening to podcasts while I run. My favorites are This American Life and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. (In fact, I blogged about my response to ...
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Digital Humanities Made Me a Better Pedagogue: a Crowdsourced Article | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Digital Humanities Made Me a Better Pedagogue: a Crowdsourced Article | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Pedagogy is inherently collaborative. Our work as teachers doesn’t (or shouldn’t) happen in a vacuum. In “Hybridity, pt. 3: What Does Hybrid Pedagogy Do?,” Pete and Jesse write, “Teaching is a practice. Good teaching is an engaged, reflective, and generous practice. Pedagogy is not just talking and thinking about teaching. Pedagogy is the place where philosophy and practice meet (aka “praxis”). It’s vibrant and embodied, meditative and productive.” There is an important distinction here between teaching and pedagogy, between work that is productive and work that is productive and also reflective.

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Trucking company flagged for poor maintenance  | ajc.com

Trucking company flagged for poor maintenance  | ajc.com | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
The trucking company involved in a wreck that killed an 8-year-old Decatur boy and severely injured his mother Wednesday has been flagged by federal transportation officials for a history of unsafe practices.
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Searching for Numbers: a Powerful Tool for Makers and Students

Searching for Numbers: a Powerful Tool for Makers and Students | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
At a recent conference, professor Kristin Fontichiaro described watching a seven-year-old work his way through do-it-yourself resources online.
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Extreme “Make” Over Computer Lab Edition! - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - blended learning, EdTech, Maker Faire

Extreme “Make” Over Computer Lab Edition! - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - blended learning, EdTech, Maker Faire | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Lately, with all this focus on mobile learning, the computer lab has been getting a bad rap - labeled as a place where students sit disconnected from each other, learning how to type or create PowerPoint presentations.
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Circulating Ideas: Episode Fourteen: Liz Burns & Kelly Jensen

Circulating Ideas: Episode Fourteen: Liz Burns & Kelly Jensen | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Liz Burns blogs about young adult books, TV, and other things that capture her fancy at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy at School Library Journal. By day, she is a Youth Services Librarian for an east coast regional library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Liz co-authored, with Sophie Brookover, Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect with Your Whole Community (Information Today, Inc., 2008).Three things to know about her: her favorite television show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she used to be a lawyer (but don't hold that against her) and she loves to read. Liz lives at the Jersey Shore.... and it's nothing like the TV show. Really. You can follow her on Twitter @LizB.

Kelly Jensen is a librarian, a reader, a writer, a copy editor, and compulsive consumer of all things books and blogs. She lives in a small town in Wisconsin but grew up near Chicago, spending time in rural Iowa and Austin, Texas in between. She enjoys really bad reality television, cooking, traveling, ice cream, and making art. Two crucial facts: she does not eat red meat and has not read Jane Austen. She's probably the cruelest person you will ever know. Kelly blogs at Stacked and you can find her on Twitter @catagator.

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Maker Station in Library Parking Lot = All Kinds of Awesome

Maker Station in Library Parking Lot = All Kinds of Awesome | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
A collaboration between the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a local nonprofit called TekVenture has created a hub of awesome for local makers called the TekVenture Maker Station.
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Popular rails to trails path on U.S. 80 washing away

Mother Nature is taking its toll on the McQueen's Island Trail, a former railroad bed situated in marshlands near Fort Pulaski.
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Out of helplessness - Plan B Nation

Out of helplessness - Plan B Nation | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

So for me, the choice – the big choice – is always whether to con­tinue lying on that bed or to get up and walk out the door. To be a part of the world and not just a visitor.

So far, the deci­sion has been easy. Eas­ier than I would have thought.

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New Journalism - Posterous

Join Samantha Adams and Jack West to learn more about Mobiles, Tablets, Games, PLE's, Augumented Reality, and Natural User Interfaces.
Read the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 K-12 Edition and plan to join us at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt on Wednesday, July 11 at 9PM ET/6PM PT/World Times: http://goo.gl/qknvE

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Hechinger Report | Bridging the digital divide in America’s rural schools

Hechinger Report | Bridging the digital divide in America’s rural schools | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Rural schools have long been leaders in distance-learning and online education—to offer a full slate of courses to their students, they’ve had to be. In fact, Edison has a fully online school that enrolls about 100 other students in the district. But when it comes to technology inside traditional classrooms, the small sizes—and budgets—of rural schools present unique hurdles.

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Georgia professors blast teacher evaluation system

Georgia professors blast teacher evaluation system | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Professors from colleges and universities in Georgia have written an open letter to the governor, Nathan Deal, and other officials involved with education policy to express opposition to a new teacher evaluation system that depends largely on...
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Even as Schools Battle Obesity, Physical Education Is Sidelined

Even as Schools Battle Obesity, Physical Education Is Sidelined | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it
Many American students are being offered little or no physical education as schools blame budget cuts.
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All the time? - Plan B Nation

All the time? - Plan B Nation | Buffy Hamilton's Unquiet Commonplace "Book" | Scoop.it

Lately, I’ve been return­ing to the pop­u­lar Three Good Things prac­tice – tak­ing time at the end of each day to write down three pos­i­tive expe­ri­ences from the past 24 hours. Over the years that I’ve played with this exer­cise, I’ve had mixed results. There are times it’s left me cold and seemed like a waste of time. But these days, it feels help­ful so I’m stick­ing with it for now. That’s the great thing about a toolkit. It gives you choices.

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