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Check out Digital Public Library of America on TIME's 50 Best Websites list

Check out Digital Public Library of America on TIME's 50 Best Websites list | digital divide information | Scoop.it
TIME's annual salute to sites and services that keep you entertained and informed, save you time and money — and maybe even change your life (Digital Public Library of America makes Time Top 50 websites list http://t.co/AYRYNzbOak...

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Can a School's Tech Program Take a Rural Town out of Poverty?

Can a School's Tech Program Take a Rural Town out of Poverty? | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Across the country, 70 percent of schools lack a high-speed Internet connection.
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23 maps and charts on language

Did you know that Swedish has more in common with Hindi than it does with Finnish?
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Very different kind of maps.

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Arne Duncan and Delta Air Lines leader call for national policy to include preschool | Get Schooled

Arne Duncan and Delta Air Lines leader call for national policy to include preschool | Get Schooled | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Arne Duncan is the U.S. Secretary of Education. Roy Bostock, a Republican, is vice-chairman of the board of Delta Air Lines, a former Chair of Yahoo! Inc., a retired director of Morgan Stanley and is a member of business group ReadyNation.

By Arne Duncan and Roy Bostock

America’s greatest strength has always been its people, and our enduring belief that our country is—and must continue to be—a place where all of us...
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Lifelong Kindergarten :: Homepage

Lifelong Kindergarten :: Homepage | digital divide information | Scoop.it
We develop new technologies that, in the spirit of the blocks and fingerpaint of kindergarten, expand the range of what people can design, create, and learn.
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'Digital divide' between city, rural residents - Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune

'Digital divide' between city, rural residents - Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune | digital divide information | Scoop.it
 
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And people rant about too much tech?

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Trail of Tears: From a Middle School Student's Perspective

Trail of Tears: From a Middle School Student's Perspective | digital divide information | Scoop.it
This persuasive essay offers a perspective on the Trial of Tears from an Oklahoma middle school student.
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Common-Core Alignment Tool: Looking at Grade-Level Textbooks

Common-Core Alignment Tool: Looking at Grade-Level Textbooks | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The toolkit for determining whether publishers' instructional materials are aligned to the Common Core State Standards has grown once again.
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How Are Teachers Using Tablets?

How Are Teachers Using Tablets? | digital divide information | Scoop.it
A much needed balance between function and affordability, tablets of all shapes and sizes are being embraced by teachers in millions of different ways.

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Tablets can make a difference when used with intention.

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certes, une grande variété, expériences à partager
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Tablets are becoming common in classrooms, but how are teachers using them? #ygk #LDSB

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Poetry Month: The Practical Applications of Self-Expression

Poetry Month: The Practical Applications of Self-Expression | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Poetry can boost adolescents' language skills and fulfill their need for self-expression -- if presented as an art form that has relevance to their lives.
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 I always liked to demonstrate and then let kids help me write one before they write their own.

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Haiku

 

THen we would read the poems of others.

 

 

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America’s staggering child poverty: These numbers speak for themselves

America’s staggering child poverty: These numbers speak for themselves | digital divide information | Scoop.it
For every two homeless children in 2006, there are now three -- and that's not the most frightening statistic
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The Destruction of Democracy and Creativity in Our Schools: Mission Accomplished | Arnold Dodge Blog | HuffPost.com

The Destruction of Democracy and Creativity in Our Schools: Mission Accomplished | Arnold Dodge Blog | HuffPost.com | digital divide information | Scoop.it

"When you're rich they think you know. The most important men will come to fawn on me! It won't make one bit of difference if I'm right or wrong." -- Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof

The final section of the tapestry woven by billionaires and bloviators to control the means of educating our young people has been completed. After a decade-old assault on k-12 schools, which make numbers more important than people, there now comes an incipient policy announced by the U.S. Department of Education to monitor the results of higher ed institutions. Using standardized measures -- including test score results of undergraduate and graduate students -- education colleges and universities will be rated. The education reformers can herald a new triumph. The axis of evil (tenured teachers, parents who rebel against over-testing, and college professors who sit in their ivory towers citing research that indicates the reforms are bogus) has been dismantled.

Not so fast.

Like the banner on that aircraft carrier and the promise of NCLB to make all kids proficient by 2014, the entire reform enterprise is a lie. But those who have influence and wealth, claim, instead, that they have performed miracles as they boast of their accomplishments. Some examples:

George Bush, in his first campaign for president often referred to the "Texas Miracle" which led to large increases in test scores. (Only there was no miraculous event here; it was a manipulation of the numbers, "mirages in enrollment statistics." 1) And Michael Bloomberg's claim that, because of his educational stewardship from the perch of the mayor's office, the gap between black and Latino children and white and Asian children was cut in half. (As it turns out, when the gap was examined carefully, it had hardly budged between 2003 and 2011.) And then there's Arne Duncan, referring to the progress of the Recovery School District in Louisiana as an example to defend his Race to the Top initiative. (Only the director of the study which produced the glowing results admitted that the methodology was flawed and the conclusions inaccurate. 2)

The two most egregious failings of the reform movement, which has now reached the upper end of the educational continuum, have the effect of (1) diminishing schools as democratic institutions, where students are discouraged, and in many cases, forbidden, to challenge prevailing authority by asking difficult questions; and, (2) marginalizing creativity, where students are told that mistakes are outlawed and "out of the box" (out of the bubble sheet?) thinking is unproductive.

John Dewey and Maxine Greene are turning over in their graves and Ken Robinson is mad as hell.

 

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John Dewey and Maxine Greene are definitely turning over in their graves. #ufglobal #educationreform 

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How a $30 million fine against a for-profit college could be a win for students

How a $30 million fine against a for-profit college could be a win for students | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Corinthian, which until recently ran Everest Institute, Wyotech and Heald College, is facing a &u0024;30 million fine and the imminent closure of some of it's remaining campuses.
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Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children's Brain Development

Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children's Brain Development | digital divide information | Scoop.it
We've long known that children from affluent families get a head start that can translate into a long-lasting advantage, especially when it comes to academic achievement. Now, scientists have found what may be part of the explanation: Children who gr...

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"Why the differences in brain size? Since the researchers controlled for genetic factors, it's likely the advantage observed in children from higher-income families arose from other influences -- such as their exposure to better nutrition, health care, schools, play areas, air quality and other environmental factors known to play a role in brain development. 

The good news is that improving a disadvantaged child's environment -- through after-school programs, healthier school lunches and other initiatives -- may have a long-lasting positive effect on the child's brain development and cognition. "

"We know that experiences in the environment impact the way the brain wires itself through childhood and adolescence," Sowell said. "If we could somehow enrich the environments of particularly the poorer children, we might be able to change that trajectory to equalize it, to some extent."

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Helping Minority Ph.D.'s in STEM: Something's Working - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

Helping Minority Ph.D.'s in STEM: Something's Working - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | digital divide information | Scoop.it
A new report shows progress in assisting minority students earn doctorates, but which strategies are most successful remain unclear.

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Why not subpoena everyone in D.C. cheating scandal — Rhee included? (update)

Why not subpoena everyone in D.C. cheating scandal — Rhee included? (update) | digital divide information | Scoop.it
You don't investigate criminal activity by going in and asking, "Did you cheat? Are you sure you didn't cheat?" Everyone should have to testify under oath, including Michelle Rhee.
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Common Core: What's right for special education students?

Common Core: What's right for special education students? | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The controversial education standards have stirred national debate on what is fair for students with learning disabilities
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Digital Divide: 100000 lack Internet access in SF, report says - San Francisco Examiner

Digital Divide: 100000 lack Internet access in SF, report says - San Francisco Examiner | digital divide information | Scoop.it
For years San Francisco has discussed closing the digital divide, but the chasm persists and has become more glaring amid the current tech boom. A...
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It is not the only place in America like this.

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Is it necessary to teach poor kids to code?

Is it necessary to teach poor kids to code? | digital divide information | Scoop.it
One tech advocate thinks ‘coding is the new writing’ — this grand statement could hold several grains of truth.

 

"People assume that you have to have the 3Rs [reading, writing and arithmetic] before you get to what I call the 3Xs: exploration, exchange and expression,” Idit Harel said. “But that’s not the case.”

Harel said she knew this through her experience with Globaloria, which she founded. The firm gets children to play computer games before showing them how to begin modifying the game — for example changing the colours on their character — using computer code. Often the kids can’t read well, if at all, Harel explained, but they get engrossed in tinkering with the game world and, in the process, they begin to pick up more traditional literacy, too.


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Student Program - XSEDE

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 The XSEDE15 Student Program - Don't Miss It!

What is XSEDE15?

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. It is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. Scientists and engineers around the world use these resources and services‹things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools‹to make our lives healthier, safer, and better.

The theme of the 2015 XSEDE conference is Scientific Advancements Enabled by Enhanced Cyberinfrastructure. The conference will provide numerous opportunities for developers, applications teams, students, innovators, CIOs, IT staff, and policy makers from academia, government, industry and other organizations to engage in discussions that will assist them in significantly advancing their effective utilization of digital resources. From experts in the field to people who are novices to the applications of digital resources, the XSEDE15 Conference will provide a range of formal and informal opportunities for people to interact and address their diverse needs and interests.

What is the XSEDE15 Student Program?

The student program encompasses all of the student-focused sessions and events at the conference. We invite students in any discipline to participate in XSEDE15 by sharing their research involving advanced cyberinfrastructure and by learning how digital resources can be used to further their research or career goals.  All students enrolled in high school, as undergraduates, or as graduate students are encouraged to attend and are welcome to submit conference papers or posters.

Here are some highlights from the planned activities:Team-based modeling & simulation challenge.Conference orientation dinner with mentors from the XSEDE community.Awards given for the best student papers.Student poster track with an award given for the best student poster at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate level.Events designed for students to talk one-on-one with XSEDE researchers and developers.

Pending approval of funding from the National Science Foundation, limited funding to support student travel, lodging and registration costs for attending XSEDE15 will be available. Students who are the first author and presenter of an accepted paper, poster or visualization for XSEDE15 will be given preference for travel awards, but all students attending XSEDE15 are encourage to apply. Travel grant awards will be decided by May 25th. Apply at:

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Teens Try Out “Real Life” With Internships For Academic Credit

Teens Try Out “Real Life” With Internships For Academic Credit | digital divide information | Scoop.it
When kids get a chance to explore careers in high school, they often find motivation and direction.
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Four key principles for NCLB rewrite that would help vulnerable kids

Four key principles for NCLB rewrite that would help vulnerable kids | digital divide information | Scoop.it
These aren't about tests.
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Museum Month! Trends, Challenges, Risks and Opportunities for Cultural Institutions

Museum Month! Trends, Challenges, Risks and Opportunities for Cultural Institutions | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Welcome to “Museum Month” at the JRA blog!

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NCLB Waivers: A State-by-State Breakdown

NCLB Waivers: A State-by-State Breakdown | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The latest on states' waiver status—including if they have a waiver and whether their teacher-evaluation systems have been approved.

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Common Core Testing Debate Pits Affluent Parents vs. Civil Rights Groups

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Parents in the wealthiest school districts are the ones behind the movement to boycott the state’s Common Core standardized exams, a new analysis shows.

Nine of the top 10 school districts where students were pulled out of taking math and English exams in grades 3 through 8 last year were in affluent Long Island communities, the study by education-advocacy group High Achievement New York found.The median income in these school districts is $97,571, far higher than the $58,003 state average.About 60,000 students in the state opted out of at least one of the Common Core exams in 2014. That number is expected to increase greatly this year as more parents and teachers rage against what they claim is an overemphasis on high-stakes exams and test prep.

 

Civil Rights Groups Fight To Retain NCLB Testing
The Washington Post (4/11, Layton) reports “Advocates for poor and minority children are pushing a novel idea: standardized tests as a civil right.” The Post says civil rights groups assert that Federally required testing is a “tool to force fairness in public schools” by spotlighting the gulf between scores of poor, minority students and “their more affluent counterparts.” In addition, the articles says that the civil rights groups are battling legislative efforts to roll back testing as Congressional legislators begin to rewrite “No Child Left Behind,” the country’s main Federal education law.
        WPost: Education Bill Reduces Federal Government’s Role Too Much. The Washington Post (4/11) editorializes that a “bipartisan senate bill to revise No Child Left Behind...goes too far in rolling back the federal role in setting standards and consequences.” The Post says “some states don’t need prods from Washington, but others have catered more to education bureaucracies or teachers unions than to students.”

 

The Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal (4/11) reports that “tens of thousands” of New York students in grades 3-8 “and maybe more” will be opting out of taking Common Core-aligned math and English language arts tests, noting that a “parent-led effort...appears to have gained momentum in recent weeks.” The piece notes that the state DOE has threatened sanctions against districts “if participation rates on the exams are low.”


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Why Are Boys Failing in School?

Tom Golden interviews Jennifer Fink and Mark Sherman about the reasons our boys are failing in school. Yet another issue that could be assisted by a White ...
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