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Digital Globes, a New Way to View the World | NYTimes.com

Digital Globes, a New Way to View the World | NYTimes.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In the main hall of the hands-on science exhibits at the Cape Town Science Center in South Africa, a lifeless, tattered globe stands under naked fluorescent bulbs, all but ignored by children passing through on school tours.

 

Across a sunblasted courtyard and up a dingy staircase, another globe — a digital globe — stands in a darkened room. This globe is a shining sphere of light. Children stand awe-struck; adults of a certain age may be reminded of images like Apollo 8’s Earthrise photograph, while Tolkien fans of all ages will recall the spherical, swirling “palantír” of Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” (forged in the days when Middle Earth was still flat).

 

Until recently, cost and technical limitations have largely confined these modern spheres to institutional settings like science centers. But as technology improves and prices fall, it’s growing more likely that a digital orb will someday arrive in a classroom or boardroom — even a living room — near you.

 

As the name suggests, a digital globe is a spherically shaped display screen. Like the old-school globes once common in classrooms, digital globes vary in size, but a typical model is about 24 inches across. Unlike the globes of your childhood, the image on a digital globe can be changed with the touch of a button. Controlled by a keyboard or tablet computer, a digital globe can toggle between familiar, static images, like the world’s political boundaries, topography or vegetation. It can animate complex phenomena, like the formation of weather systems, the effect of global warming on wolverine habitats or the annual pulse of sea ice. It can display the surface of the moon, the churning azure cloudscapes of Neptune or the celestial globe — the night sky.

 

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Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google | Amien Essif | AlterNet.org

Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google | Amien Essif | AlterNet.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

If you were airdropped, blindfolded, into a strange town and given nothing but a bus ticket, to where would you ride that bus? You might be surprised to learn that there’s only one good answer, and that’s the public library. The library is the public living room, and if ever you are stripped of everything private—money, friends and orientation—you can go there and become a human again.

Of course, you don’t have to be homeless to use a library, but that’s the point. You don’t have to be anyone in particular to go inside and stay as long as you want, sit in its armchairs, read the news, write your dissertation, charge your phone, use the bathroom, check your email, find the address of a hotel or homeless shelter. Of all the institutions we have, both public and private, the public library is the truest democratic space.

The library’s value isn’t lost on us. A Gallup survey from 2013 found that libraries are not just popular, they’re extremely popular. Over 90 percent of Americans feel that libraries are a vital part of their communities. Compare this to 53 percent for the police, 27 percent for public schools, and just 7 percent for Congress, and you’re looking at perhaps the greatest success of the public sector.

James Palfrey, in his new book BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, gives some truly bummer statistics on what’s happening to this beloved institution. A government report showed that while the nation’s public libraries served 298 million people in 2010 (that’s 96 percent of the U.S. population), states had cut funding by 38 percent and the federal government by 19 percent between 2000 and 2010. “It seems extraordinary that a public service with such reach should be, in effect, punished despite its success,” writes Palfrey.

Of necessity, he cites these tough economic times as a reason for this “punishment.” But according to Palfrey, one of the greatest threats to libraries is nostalgia—the way that we, the loving public, associate libraries with the pleasures of a bygone era, and assume that the growth of the Internet is slowly draining libraries of their usefulness.

“Nostalgia is too thin a reed for librarians to cling to in a time of such transition,” Palfrey writes. “Thinking of libraries as they were ages ago and wanting them to remain the same is the last thing we should want for them.”

In our heartfelt but naïve fondness for “quiet, inviting spaces” full of books and nothing else, we fail to realize that libraries are becoming more important, not less, to our communities and our democracy.


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The first Memorial Day was Black | James DeWolf Perry | BayView.com

The first Memorial Day was Black | James DeWolf Perry | BayView.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

As we pause to remember the nation’s war dead, it’s worth remembering that Memorial Day was first celebrated by Black Union troops and free Black Americans in Charleston, South Carolina at the end of the Civil War.


As historian David Blight recounts in his masterful book, “Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory” (2001), Charleston was occupied by Union troops in the spring of 1865, most white residents having fled the city. In this atmosphere, the free Black population of Charleston, primarily consisting of former slaves, engaged in a series of celebrations to proclaim the meaning of the war as they saw it.

The height of these celebrations took place on May 1, 1865, on the grounds of the former Washington Race Course and Jockey Club, an elite facility which had been used by the Confederates as a gruesome prison and mass grave for unlucky Union soldiers. Following the evacuation of Charleston, Black laborers had dug up the remains of Union soldiers, given them a proper burial, and built the trappings of a respectful cemetery around the site to memorialize their sacrifice.

To dedicate the cemetery to the Union’s war dead, Black and white leaders came together to organize a parade of 10,000 people, described in a New York Tribune account as “a procession of friends and mourners as South Carolina and the United States never saw before.” At the front of the parade were 3,000 Black children, laden with roses and singing “John Brown’s Body,” while bringing up the rear were a brigade of Union troops, including the Massachusetts 54th Regiment and the 34th and 104th United States Colored Troops. (The commander of the 21st United States Colored Infantry had been the one to formally accept the city’s surrender.) Following the parade and dedication in the cemetery, the crowd settled down to picnic, listen to orators and watch the troops march.


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These Women Get IT | Frank McCoy | Black Engineer & Black Entrepreneur

These Women Get IT | Frank McCoy | Black Engineer & Black Entrepreneur | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The digital transformation is revving up. Information Technology (IT) is a field that must hire millions of well-prepared undergraduates, and recent grads, that can work with, on, and for the emerging digital world.

In 2013, Maria Barragan was hired as an Area Manager by Amazon.com. Previously, she worked for PepsiCo from 2009 until 2013 in areas of increasing responsibility. These in ascending order were Operations Manager Trainee for Pepsi Beverages Company, Production Supervisor, Product Availability Supervisor, and Supply Chain and Logistics Associate. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the recipient of more than $50,000 in academic funding for undergraduate and graduate study by the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship. Barragan learned of the Gates scholarship from the non-profit Path to Scholarships program.


In 2014, Apple hired Connie Bustillo away from eBay. She had been with the global ecommerce company for six years and rose to Manager - Talent Acquisition. Previously, she had worked for Intel, eBay, 3Com, and StarMine. Before hiring engineers, Bustillo worked as one at Apple for six years. To get a sense of how she views STEM hiring, check out two articles Bustillo wrote for SourceCon. They are: Strategic Sourcing: Should I Wear a Lab Coat or Deerstalker?, What is required to successfully source strategically, and Fast Track Sourcing: Does it make sense to always seek the low-hanging fruit? When should we reach for that high-hanging fruit? Rocky Torres is a Talent Acquisition Recruiter/Partner at eBay Inc. Torres worked with Bustillo for three years and says "in this time frame, she was a sourcer, lead, and manager. Her contributions to the eBay Marketplaces team will echo far beyond her departure."


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Broadband in Education: A Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments | Frank Gallagher | NCTA.com

Broadband in Education: A Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments | Frank Gallagher | NCTA.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

It seems like everyone, from the President, the Secretary of Education and the Chairman of the FCC to local newspapers, is saying schools need more broadband. And prestigious panels like the Aspen Institute and LEAD Commission are calling for a different kind of learning environment in schools to foster new 21st century skills.

As the nation’s largest broadband provider, the cable industry certainly appreciates the value of a robust broadband network and quality digital content for education, but we also realize that simply pumping up capacity, or dropping a bunch of laptops into students’ hands isn’t going to fundamentally change what happens in the classroom or create that new learning environment.

That’s why Cable Impacts, the industry’s foundation dedicated to corporate social responsibility, teamed with two leading education organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and the State Educational Technology Directors Association, to create an new resource for schools and educators, Building Your Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments, www.roadmap21.org.


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Another Voice: Program is helping to close the digital divide | Hilary Shelton Opinion | The Buffalo News

Another Voice: Program is helping to close the digital divide  | Hilary Shelton Opinion | The Buffalo News | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

President Obama recently announced a TechHire program that will invest in high-tech job skills training for America’s labor force. Because tech wages continue to rise faster than other sectors, initiatives like this not only help catapult our tech leadership into the 21st century but also help address income inequality.

And as important as these initiatives are, they are only part of the puzzle. If the United States wants to truly be the global tech leader, then all Americans must have broadband and other digital tools in their own homes.

This is no longer an option for Americans, especially for communities of color hardest hit by the recent recession. Eighty percent of all U.S. jobs will require digital fluency within the next 10 years and 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies only accept job applications online. But today, African-American and Hispanic families lag some 15 points behind whites in broadband adoption.

Four years ago, the FCC teamed with the nation’s largest broadband provider to initiate the largest experiment ever attempted to close the digital divide.


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What Major University Charges $71K a Year and Epitomizes Corporatism and Self-Dealing? | Michael Arria | AlterNet.org

What Major University Charges $71K a Year and Epitomizes Corporatism and Self-Dealing? | Michael Arria | AlterNet.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A new report released by members of New York University’s faculty shows that NYU gouges students to raise billions for real-estate transactions and compensation packages for its top executives.

Concerned about the economic situation of many students, the professors spent an entire academic year interviewing people and researching the school's finances. They discovered that NYU students pay the highest tuition in the United States (almost $71,000 for the year after living expenses are included), but are bilked further via "phantom fees" that are associated with health care and insurance. Here are a couple of the testimonies:


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Avoiding "Learned Helplessness" | Andrew Miller | Edutopia.org

Avoiding "Learned Helplessness" | Andrew Miller | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

We all have students that just want to "get it right." We all have students that constantly seek the attention of the teacher. "Did I get this right?" "Is this what you want?" Now while it's certainly a good thing to affirm students in their learning, many times we want students to be creative with their learning. We allow them to own their learning and create assessment products where they can show us what they know in new and inventive ways. Because of this, there isn't "one right answer," yet our students are often trained to think that there can be only one.

Similarly, we want students to be reflective, to ask themselves, "How do I know if I'm on the right track?" or "What could I do next?" Instead of coming immediately to the teacher, we want students to experiment on their own. Many of us wonder why students constantly do the opposite instead. I've got news for you. It's our fault. We, as educators, are often responsible for learned helplessness, and we have a responsibility to change it! How can we empower our students to be self-directed learners?


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Yes, and… Thoughts on print versus digital reading by Kristin Ziemke | Nerdy Book Club

Yes, and… Thoughts on print versus digital reading by Kristin Ziemke | Nerdy Book Club | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I come from a place of pedagogy. Raised by teachers who were readers and nurtured by principals who believed their most important job was to place text in the hands of kids. I come from classroom libraries and nightly book checkout, from teacher book clubs and living like a reader. I come from conversations about what’s on your nightstand and passion for poetry and periodicals.

I am a reader. I have seen the power of books as a just-right title is placed in the hands of a child, and how that changes everything for that student from that day forward. I love paper books and spend a significant portion of my time and salary procuring them for students. In fact, my first graders often joke I visit the local bookstore so frequently that my car sometimes takes me there against my will.

As an author and someone who has spent the last several years exploring best practices in thinking and learning, I have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers and schools around the country. Whether it’s working on one-to-one initiatives or inquiry circles, in classrooms with just one device or those employing the workshop model, I’m often asked my thoughts on digital reading.

I’ve heard many conversations recently that push back on digital reading and identify factors for why it’s a less effective mode for comprehension. Starting with citation of the Nielson Norman F Study (2006) that tracked eye patterns for reading web content emphasizing a skim and scan technique over deep reading to Anne Mangen’s work on comprehension and cognition in print versus digital text, we can find reasons for why we should NOT use digital tools to teach kids how to read.

In education, we can find data that will defend nearly any claim we want to make. From standardized test scores to student surveys we can collect metrics and architect statements to say, “Research shows…” But rather than make the print versus digital debate be an either / or conversation I’m advocating for a narrative shift to “Yes, and…”


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Solar Dynamics Observatory: 5 Year Time-lapse of the Sun | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | YouTube.com

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) celebrates its 5th anniversary since it launched on February 11, 2010. This time-lapse video captures one frame every 8 hours starting when data became available in June 2010 and finishing February 8, 2015. The different colors represent the various wavelengths (sometimes blended, sometimes alone) in which SDO observes the sun.

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What grads must do to secure employment | Linda Bryant | Ledger.com

What grads must do to secure employment | Linda Bryant | Ledger.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Career counselors at many Tennessee colleges and universities say interest from corporate recruiters is higher than they’ve seen it in years.

There are more job postings, internship opportunities, pre-employment trainee classes and technology training programs for all skill levels, but if a recent graduate needs help in pursuing a career, schools want the new alums to come back to them.

The on-campus professionals, and other experts in the private sector, are trained to help launch careers, not simply find jobs.

The process takes patience, self-reflection, time and planning, and some of it needs to be done in person and not online.

Counselors want career seekers to make (and keep) appointments, bring in resumes and cover letters for review, work through a proper pitch, practice interview skills, evaluate personal strengths and weakness, do homework on the career field and industry, take inventory of possible companies of interest and much more.

It may sound like going into personal therapy – it is hard work and may have serious, lifelong repercussions. Finding the right career may need to be a fulltime job, the experts say.

Of course, it’s best to start the process before senior year.


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College doesn’t need to be free | Charles Lane Opinion | WashPost.com

College doesn’t need to be free | Charles Lane Opinion | WashPost.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator and Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont, says spiraling college tuition is “a national disgrace.” He’s running on a promise of free in-state tuition at all public colleges and universities, to be paid for by a new federal tax on financial transactions, including stock, bond and derivative trades.

As the parent of a high school senior, I can’t dispute Sanders’s assessment of college affordability. Too bad his cure would be worse than the disease, even if it weren’t politically unrealistic.

Tuition increases have outstripped inflation at both public and private nonprofit institutions for many years. Though the recent, dramatic rise in tuition at public universities reflects post-recession budget cutbacks by some states, the reasons for the long-term trend are complex.

Economist William Baumol has famously argued that college-level instruction inherently requires large inputs of highly skilled labor, making it relatively resistant to automation and hence to productivity increases. In that way, higher ed is like health care. And, as with health care, the government has responded with a fragmented, opaque array of subsidies, much of which get captured by service providers and added to their cost base — rather than improving affordability as intended.

Sanders’s solution, which he says would cost the Treasury $47 billion in its first year, amounts to a single-payer system for higher ed — with pros and cons analogous to those of such a system for health care. There’s a certain appeal in replacing the current, convoluted array of grants and loans, funneled through individuals, with just one revenue stream directed at institutions. (Well, 1½: Sanders would have Washington pay two-thirds of the funding and state governments the rest.) Setting a single out-of-pocket price — zero — would indeed make it easier to attend school.

Over time, however, the Sanders plan might make U.S. higher education more accessible but less excellent. Having ruled out price as a means of allocating scarce educational resources, his plan would have to rely on aggressive administrative controls, lest students flood the system and drive up costs — requiring further federal subsidies.

The case of tuition-free Germany, which Sanders holds up as a model, confirms this. Centralized budgeting by state education authorities is key to that country’s system. Alas, as University of Albany higher-ed policy analyst Ben Wildavsky explains, “Government funds become spread too thin. That reduces quality and often limits capacity. As a result, well-off students, who tend to be better prepared academically, are more likely to get scarce spaces.” Overall, German institutions are considered good, not great; few show up on global “top 50” lists, for what that’s worth.


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How Congress’ underfunding of special education shortchanges us all | Amanda Litvinov | NEA.org

How Congress’ underfunding of special education shortchanges us all | Amanda Litvinov | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The pages of the learn-to-read books in Vicki Zasadny’s special education classroom are tattered, smudged, and marked. Some of the information is outdated. That’s what happens when textbooks are 15 years old.

The books tell a somber story about the chronic underfunding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since the law was passed 40 years ago, the federal government has failed to provide even half of the funding it pledged to help schools educate kids with special needs.

Those costs have always been shifted to states and local districts, whose current economies are in various stages of recovery from the financial crisis that kicked off in 2007. In the end, special needs students receive only the materials and services districts can afford.

While students in Western Wyandotte County, Kan., are getting by with outdated books and must contend with ballooning class sizes, their peers in a nearby district—where incomes are higher—receive iPads.


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California teachers ignite online campaign to gain stronger voice for students | Brian Washington | NEA.org

California teachers ignite online campaign to gain stronger voice for students | Brian Washington | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Teachers with California’s largest provider of online charter schools are seeking help from the public as they fight to use their voices to advocate for students and educators.

Teachers at the California Virtual Academies (CAVA), which enrolls almost 15,000 K-12 students and employs over 700 educators, are collecting signatures from the public through an online petition. They want the management company running the schools, K12 Inc., to recognize their democratic vote last year to form a union.

The CAVA teachers’ petition includes the following language:


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School-as-Studio Immerses Students in Creative Problem Solving | Suzie Boss Blog | Edutopia.org

School-as-Studio Immerses Students in Creative Problem Solving | Suzie Boss Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

What might students accomplish if they could spend part of their K-12 education on challenges that took them outside the regular classroom? How might teaching and learning change if school became the place to interact with experts, use professional-grade tools, and immerse yourself in collaborative problem solving and prototyping?

Some interesting answers are emerging from NuVu Studio, a break-the-mold school that occupies an inconspicuous spot on a busy street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Launched in 2010 by a trio of bold thinkers from MIT, the school initially attracted students from independent schools and from families that could afford enriching experiences for their children.

But with public schools starting to recognize NuVu as an ally, and with replication of the studio model cropping up around the globe, the ideas incubated in this creative space have a chance to move from the edges of education to the mainstream. Here are a few takeaways from a recent visit.


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The cliche of the lone male gamer needs to be destroyed | Keith Stuart | The Guardian

The cliche of the lone male gamer needs to be destroyed | Keith Stuart | The Guardian | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

“The new video-game world encourages doing and acting and not really thinking. Video games are not so attractive to girls.”

The American psychologist Philip Zimbardo has a new book out. It is called Man (Dis)connected: How Technology Has Sabotaged What It Means To Be Male. In Saturday’s Guardian, he spoke to Stuart Jeffries about his fears for young men who – he asserts – are increasingly withdrawing from real life and from sexual relationships with women, into an online world of games and pornography.


“This thing with boys is really getting me down because I can’t think of a solution that is easy to entrain, that’s easy to realise,” he said. “It’s painful for me because I’m an optimistic person. Boys are in a mess.”

His book cites anecdotal evidence from teachers who are concerned about boys who play games into the night then turn up at school unable to learn. There is research from various academic institutions linking unregulated gaming with attention and behavioural problems.


I don’t doubt the veracity of these studies and I don’t question that they highlight problems that our increasingly technological society will have to deal with. Parents have some serious work to do when it comes to gating pervasive devices like games consoles and smart phones. But I take huge issue with the projection of minority cases into a societal norm. I don’t recognise the gamers that Zimbardo is worrying about.

Over the last ten years there has been a profound change in the way people play video games. The cliche of the teenage boy hunched alone over a console, competing in solitude against computer foes, is outdated.


The rise of broadband connectivity has engendered a new culture of shared experiences and co-operative play. These days, a game lives and dies by its ability to attract and maintain a talkative and engaged community. The whole meaning and purpose of video games has shifted: for many players, they have become venues for social interaction rather than solitary confinement.


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Technology’s Transformative Impact on Education | USTelecom.org

The rise and integration of technology in education is visible in many classrooms across the U.S. as teachers and students utilize a variety of online tools, resources and applications as part of the learning experience.


According to an advanced preview of the 2015 K-12 Horizon Report (link is external), 16 advanced technologies are key to shaping and transforming education and the classrooms of tomorrow.

An overarching pattern noted in the report is the shift from a less subject-driven approach to a greater embrace of multi-disciplinary methods of teaching. The classroom experience is becoming increasingly focused on student-centric learning, allowing more time for pupils to connect with projects through individual inquiry and challenged-based learning.


In addition, educators are creating a hybrid/blended learning environment that combines traditional classroom interaction with student-sanctioned digital tools such as tablets and smartphones.


This teamwork approach and interactivity is also encouraging more project collaboration, and strengthening engagement, hands-on learning and performance as students move from being simply consumers to content creators.


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9 programming languages and the women who created them | Phil Johnson | NetworkWorld.com

9 programming languages and the women who created them | Phil Johnson | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Software development has a well-known reputation for being a male-dominated world. But, despite this, women have made many important and lasting contributions to programming throughout the decades.


One area, in particular, where many women have left a mark is in the development of programming languages. Numerous pioneering women have designed and developed the languages programmers use to give computers instructions, starting in the days of mainframes and machine code, through assemblers and into higher level modern day languages.


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MA: Wired West broadband is essential for education in the Berkshires | Francoise Lartigue | The Berkshire Edge

MA: Wired West broadband is essential for education in the Berkshires | Francoise Lartigue |  The Berkshire Edge | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I am a mother of three elementary age children and a transplant to this area by happy choice with a background in business, technology and education. There is a semi-interesting story of how I navigated from one to the other, but for this article’s sake an opener informing why I feel equipped to talk about the need for Wired West to become a reality in many of our Western Massachusetts communities from an educational standpoint. This article will profile examples specific to the school district in which I reside – the Southern Berkshire Regional School District — but please remember that communities throughout the Berkshires and Western Massachusetts are sharing similar experiences.

Phrases like “connectivity gap” and “digital divide” get used when discussing the state of Internet connectivity in rural areas. In January 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) changed its definition of “high speed internet access” from 4 Mbps (megabits per second) to 25 Mbps due to the ever- increasing demand for data on networks. In the Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD) three of our four schools connect via fiber optic cables with the fourth using DSL.


While our students are seemingly adequately wired at school, many still do not have access to the Internet at home or their Internet is not capable of handling the data demand that a simple research project might place on it. Quite simply, 4 out of the 5 towns in our district (Sheffield is serviced by a cable provider) lack sufficient broadband access for the 21st century.


In a recent interview Chris Thompson, the Technology Coordinator for SBRSD, points out that a 21st century learning environment is imperative to students being able to compete on both a national and global scale. He notes that due to the ever-present nature of digital content, access to it must be easy and seamless with student access at school equally as important as student access at home.

Broadband access is thought to be one of the greatest educational equalizers of our time. However, we have our own digital divide not only with surrounding urban and suburban areas but also between home and school.


Currently, teachers are choosing to do one of two things to combat the digital divide. Some teachers choose to only utilize technology to the lowest common home access point, which for many is dial-up or nothing. While not using technology equalizes the situation, students are missing out on valuable and enriching activities. Lack of Internet connection outside of school creates a fundamental barrier to fully integrating technology into the curriculum.


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A Handful Of Bronze-Age Men Could Have Fathered Two Thirds Of Europeans | Daniel Zadik | io9.com

A Handful Of Bronze-Age Men Could Have Fathered Two Thirds Of Europeans | Daniel Zadik | io9.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Europe has surprisingly little genetic variety. Learning how and when the modern gene-pool came together has been a long journey. But thanks to new technological advances a picture is slowly coming together of repeated colonization by peoples from the east with more efficient lifestyles.

In a new study, we have added a piece to the puzzle: the Y chromosomes of the majority of European men can be traced back to just three individuals living between 3,500 and 7,300 years ago. How their lineages came to dominate Europe makes for interesting speculation. One possibility could be that their DNA rode across Europe on a wave of new culture brought by nomadic people from the Steppe known as the Yamnaya.

The first-known people to enter Europe were the Neanderthals – and though they have left some genetic legacy, it is later waves who account for the majority of modern European ancestry. The first “anatomically modern humans” arrived in the continent around 40,000 years ago. These were the Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers sometimes called the Cro-Magnons. They populated Europe quite sparsely and lived a lifestyle not very different from that of the Neanderthals they replaced.

Then something revolutionary happened in the Middle East – farming, which allowed for enormous population growth. We know that from around 8,000 years ago a wave of farming and population growth exploded into both Europe and South Asia. But what has been much less clear is the mechanism of this spread. How much was due to the children of the farmers moving into new territories and how much was due to the neighbouring hunter-gathers adopting this new way of life?

In recent years, new technologies, including the ability to read the sequences of DNA in ancient bones, have shed much light on such questions. Researchers have found evidence in the DNA of modern Europeans for ancestry from both groups, as well as from a third fascinating people known as the Yamnaya.


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Parent Talk Live: Literacy and Digital Literacy for All Public School Students | Forest of the Rain Education

Parent Talk Live: Literacy and Digital Literacy for All Public School Students | Forest of the Rain Education | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Lives discussed the value of "Universal Access to Literacy and Digital Literacy for all Public School Students". His guest Ms. Karuna Skariah is a National Board Certified Teacher, Maryland State Certified Teacher with Prince George’s County Public Schools, the 17th largest school district in Maryland.

Karuna Skariah is a National Board Certified Teacher, Maryland State Certified Teacher, and a teacher leadership coach. She has been an educator for twenty years. As a Maryland State Department of Education National Board Teacher Leadership Coordinator, she mentored teachers through the National Board Certification process with much success. She has an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University, B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics and English Literature. Karuna’s Equity Initiative for the students of Prince George’s County Public Schools advocates for literacy and digital literacy for every student.


She advocates for 21st century college and career preparedness by providing crucial infrastructure of reading, technology and library/media teachers in every school. Karuna has been trained in the Common Core State Standards and continues to provide professional development workshops for public and private school educators. Her expertise lies in education performance management, school needs assessment, and teacher training with a concentration on Common Core.


Her workshops focus on effective educational change through teacher driven discussions, trainings, and data driven planning. She provides teachers with best practices tools on how to generate critical thinking skills. As an adjunct professor, Karuna has taught graduate courses on teacher leadership at the National University, California.


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Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems | Dr. Richard Curwin Blog | Edutopia.org

Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems | Dr. Richard Curwin Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

When Sigmund Freud reportedly said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," the key word was "sometimes," because sometimes a cigar is more than a cigar. So it is with understanding misbehavior. Sometimes the reason for misbehavior is very different than the obvious and requires a totally different intervention than the usual consequences. It is never easy to determine why children do the things they do.

The following are examples of seeing misbehavior from a new perspective. In each of these cases, diagnosis is very difficult -- as are the remedies. For chronic misbehaving students, pay close attention to their home situations, the type of misbehavior, when it occurs, and whether they behave differently with other adults. Be advised that the best responses to these situations sound easier than they are to put into practice.


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Andreessens pair with H-P to send computers to Ferguson, Baltimore libraries | Jessica Guynn | USA Today

Andreessens pair with H-P to send computers to Ferguson, Baltimore libraries | Jessica Guynn | USA Today | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Public libraries that provided a quiet refuge from civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore are about to receive a small bounty from Silicon Valley.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment.

The couple says they were moved by the "individual acts of heroism" of library staffers who kept the doors open to the public even as protests raged over police brutality and the deaths of young black men.

"Libraries became in essence the heart of Ferguson and Baltimore amidst a time of immense darkness for so many," Arrillaga-Andreessen told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview. "So we felt this calling to help the libraries in a way that we felt we could uniquely do."

The donation is part of a growing effort in some quarters of Silicon Valley to address the digital divide that persists throughout the rest of the country, especially in poor or underserved neighborhoods.

Cheap smartphones and tablets have put the Internet in more hands than ever before, but access remains out of reach for many, with 21% of American households reporting no Internet access at all, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For some, Internet connectivity is too expensive and in some rural areas, it isn't available at all.

Plugging the gap are public libraries, which despite the perception that technology has made them less relevant, if not obsolete, are the No. 1 way people without the Internet at home, school or work access it for free. These range from high school students cramming for a test to job seekers filling out online applications.

"It's the bridge between the haves and the have nots in digital society," said Scott Bonner, director of Ferguson Municipal Public Library.


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Why Everyone From Bankers To Filmmakers Is Changing Careers And Learning To Code (Hint: It’s Where The Money Is) | Kerry Flynn | IBTimes.com

Why Everyone From Bankers To Filmmakers Is Changing Careers And Learning To Code (Hint: It’s Where The Money Is) | Kerry Flynn | IBTimes.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Code schools, where aspiring filmmakers or seasoned bankers can learn to become software developers, are more numerous and popular than ever as a broad spectrum of hopefuls ditch other career plans in hopes of creating the app that powers the next Uber or Airbnb. Indeed, coding education is a blossoming cottage industry. Four-year-old General Assembly now operates over 80 schools across 12 campuses and has pulled in nearly $50 million in funding. Test prep leader Kaplan acquired Dev Bootcamp last year. Top-tier university graduates are moving to tech hubs like New York and San Francisco and pouring thousands of dollars into these programs.

But hefty tuition fees and costly relocations -- without job security -- don’t have to be the case for the recent college graduates or career switchers who are flocking to coding. Beyond these popular, well-funded options, there are hundreds of smaller developer schools and a wealth of online resources that can help transform anyone into a full-blown coder.

That’s the mission of 29-year-old Erik Trautman. Next month, he’ll be running the first full-time class for the Viking Code School. How does it stand out from the rest? Trautman identified two faults in the industry: opportunity cost and relocation cost. His 14-week class is completely online, attracting students from around the world, and it offers a deferred tuition plan. As in, students do not pay until they land a job with at least a $30,000 annual salary.

It’s a risky venture. If no one gets a job, no one will get paid. Unlike General Assembly, Trautman chose not to take any investor backing, bootstrapping the initiative with his own savings. But that risk is what’s driving him forward. “I think all education in the world should run on outcome accountability,” Trautman said. “Personally, I believe that the educator should be invested in the students’ education.”


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New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments | Edutopia.org

New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Why does the physical design of classrooms matter? Mark Phillips discusses this question in "A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms" and offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning.


For further inspiration, VideoAmy has compiled some videos to help you begin to conceptualize your classroom vision in "Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers."


Be sure to take a look at the resource list at the end of her post.


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Classroom design requires flexibility, space and movement.

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Anti-worker bill comes crashing down in Illinois; Missouri version faces veto | Felix Perez | NEA.org

Anti-worker bill comes crashing down in Illinois; Missouri version faces veto | Felix Perez | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

ALEC and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who have well-earned reputations for their anti-public education and anti-worker policies and rhetoric, got a rude awakening last week, when a so-called right to work bill wasn’t able to garner a single vote in the state House of Representatives. The straight party line vote was 0-72, with 37 lawmakers voting present.

Worker advocates called the vote a stinging rebuke of Rauner’s agenda. The governor, a former venture capitalist who once proclaimed being among the top “0.01 percent” of wealthiest Americans, has traveled the width and breadth of the state selling his ALEC-derived right to work proposal. So far, his sales pitch hasn’t won over many converts.

High school teacher Cinda Klickna, president of the Illinois Education Association, said in a statement, ” ‘Right to work’ is intended to weaken unions, such as mine, . . . which represents teachers and support professionals who advocate for high quality teaching and learning conditions in their schools. At the local level, teachers who work through their union advocate for manageable class sizes and against high stakes testing. At the state level, through their union, our members advocate for adequate education funding for every student.”


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