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If You Thought Copyright Was A Mess On Earth, What Does It Look Like In Space? | Techdirt

If You Thought Copyright Was A Mess On Earth, What Does It Look Like In Space? | Techdirt | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Assuming you haven't been under a rock, there's a decent chance that you've seen astronaut Chris Hadfield's rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity (with the lyrics conveniently changed to skip the whole dying in space part). The video was released just before Hadfield returned to earth, and completely fit with Hadfield's time on the International Space Station, where he became the world's first serious social media expert from space -- tweeting, Tumbling and YouTubing up a storm. But... filming a cover song and releasing it via YouTube from space had some people wondering: can you untangle the copyright issues here? Thankfully, Glenn Fleishman dug in over at the Economist (which, lamely, still refuses to name their writers, but now provides the "initials" of bloggers, so you can parse out who's who), and explained what a fine mess it is.

The punchline here is that it doesn't really matter, because after a bunch of back and forth negotiations, they got all the permissions they needed directly from David Bowie. But, assuming others start going up into space (yay, private space tourism), this issue is going to be raised sooner or later. Glenn points out that it's kind of messy, because different countries have very different compulsory licensing laws for cover songs, and there are no compulsories for sync licenses, which are needed to put the song to a video. There was also the issue of the International Space Station having different sections "owned" by different countries, and the official agreement says that it matters where creation happens -- so if the video had been done in all different parts of the space station, it potentially could have been a mess (though, it looks like it was all filmed in parts owned by NASA).

While there's no issue with this specific case, Glenn alerts us to a paper from a few years ago that lays out how copyright in space is about to get complicated:

 

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The Big Sort: How Chicago’s school choice system is tracking kids into different high schools based on achievement | The Hechinger Report

The Big Sort: How Chicago’s school choice system is tracking kids into different high schools based on achievement | The Hechinger Report | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

This spring, at grammar schools all across Chicago, thousands of eighth graders donned caps and gowns and walked across auditorium stages to receive their elementary school diplomas. This fall, the graduates from each of those schools will scatter—to more than 130 different Chicago public high schools, and counting.


But who goes where?


Over the past decade, Chicago has opened dozens of new high schools, and will open more this fall. The school district is trying to expand the number of “quality school options” and offer students a choice of where to go to school. And in many ways, Chicago high schools seem to be improving. Graduation rates are inching up. The city now boasts five of the top ten high schools in the state.


But a new WBEZ analysis shows an unintended consequence of the choice system: students of different ability levels are being sorted into separate high schools.


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The TISP project launches the first operational guidelines to boost innovation in book publishing and ICT | Europa.eu

The TISP network (Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing), the EU-funded project coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association which gathers 25 organizations from 12 European countries, has released a set of policy recommendations, giving the publishing and technology sectors a common base at European level to foster and sustain innovation for the first time.

The recommendations address policy makers looking to secure the smooth running of the markets concerned and the satisfaction of consumers, using existing instruments at their disposal. They call for more public investment, including research and development, and the allocation of project funding to support both sectors.


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TN: Change in state law will raise school taxes in some communities | MacombDaily.com

TN: Change in state law will raise school taxes in some communities | MacombDaily.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Thousands of Macomb County residents will pay hundreds of dollars more in school taxes beginning this year as the result of tightened requirements on how schools repay funds borrowed through bond issues.


A state law enacted by a lame-duck Legislature in the waning days of 2012 changes the terms of how schools repay loans they secured through the state-financed School Bond Loan Fund.


Districts that participate in the program now must recalculate their millage rates annually to ensure the schools generate enough money to meet the new financial obligations in a timely manner.


The bottom line: higher taxes for homeowners and uncertainty when, or if, those rates will decline.


“It’s tough, especially when it’s out of our control,” said Keith Wunderlich, superintendent of New Haven Community Schools. “This is something that was done by the Legislature and is out of our hands.”


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The Myth of Having Summers Off | Heather Wolpert-Gawron Blog | Edutopia.com

The Myth of Having Summers Off | Heather Wolpert-Gawron Blog | Edutopia.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

"So you're a teacher, huh?" says the umpteenth Joe know-it-all. I know the tone, and I know what's coming. "Must be nice having summer's off," he sneers.


I don't know what mythical job this guy thinks I have, but I have never had a summer off.


I don't know who these teachers are who are supposedly laying around all summer sippin' sangrias without a thought of prepping for the year before them. But I'm not one of them.


In fact, is there really a "them?"


Bottom line is that every year since entering teaching, and you should know that I am a second career teacher, having come from The World Beyond, I have seen some of the busiest summer months of my life.


This is for many reasons:


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Cyber-Seniors meet Cyber-Mentors: Making a difference in your community | Examiner.com

Cyber-Seniors meet Cyber-Mentors: Making a difference in your community | Examiner.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

It started with two sisters that recognized how the Internet transformed their grandparents lives by learning the basic skills such as emailing, Facebook and Skype.


Inspired by this realization, the sisters started the Cyber-Seniors program to help other seniors get online.


They developed a training manual and recruited their friends to visit a local retirement home twice a week to teach interested seniors how to use the Internet. The seniors all had different interests. Some were eager to get onto Facebook to see photos of their grandkids, while others wanted to play online games, and everyone wanted to use email.


The program had many unexpected and exciting offshoots, including the creation of Cyber-Seniors Corner, a YouTube Channel where student-senior teams were encouraged to upload a short video featuring a senior sharing their wisdom or humor.


Recently Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project released their survey after interviewing 10,000 middle and high school students about what they believed matters most to their parents, the results were achievement and happiness followed by concern and caring for others.


There have been many articles since this study was revealed about how parents can instill ways of caring for others.


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Epiphany: Rep. John Conyers Realizes Mid-Hearing That His Copyright Position Contradicts His Stand Against Overcriminalization | Techdirt.com

Epiphany: Rep. John Conyers Realizes Mid-Hearing That His Copyright Position Contradicts His Stand Against Overcriminalization | Techdirt.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

It's hard to imagine looking at the absurdly excessive copyright penalties on the books and thinking, "Hey, maybe these should be a bit higher." But Congress has shown itself to be exceedingly imaginative when it comes to cranking up copyright, so perhaps it is no surprise that in yesterday's hearing on those penalties—covering statutory damages and criminal sanctions—a number of witnesses and Representatives alike seemed to think that those remedies are insufficient.


More surprising, though, was an unexpected moment of clarity from Michigan's Rep. John Conyers, a staple of the Judiciary Committee's reform hearing process and a reliable supporter of ratcheting up copyright enforcement capabilities. Conyers broke the first rule of copyright exceptionalism club by actually talking about the fact that this discussion would seem pretty unreasonable—even by Congressional standards—in areas outside of copyright.


Specifically, Conyers referred to the very real problem of overcriminalization, which absolutely afflicts copyright policy. This, after all, is the area of law that has made us an "Infringement Nation," routinely racking up millions of dollars in hypothetical damages throughout the course of an average day. Conyers generally pushes back against this overcriminalization, but here he is arguing for misdemeanors to be made into felonies—what gives?


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Lafayette, LA: Let education professionals handle teaching standards | Marla Baldwin Opinion | The Advertiser

Lafayette, LA: Let education professionals handle teaching standards | Marla Baldwin Opinion | The Advertiser | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

What does it say about our society when a few powerful spokesmen are more highly regarded than professional educators and parents in regard to opinions and policies governing education?


Concern is growing over a shift in educational decision-making that has left teachers and parents with little voice. Educators and parents across the country have testified to the problems associated with the Common Core State Standards, but their concerns have been disregarded.


Our educational system has fallen prey to politics; our children have become victims of special interest groups and social reformers. Meanwhile, the basis of CCSS rests firmly on rank ideology rather than on evidence.


Once financial incentives enter the decision-making process, the voices of those who have something to gain become biased. Business and special interest groups have their own agendas, which tend to trivialize democratic values and public concerns.


Nonprofit organizations also have joined the ranks of those promoting the wonders of the CCSS. The public has been led to believe that the new purpose of education should be to provide workforce training in order to prepare our students for global competitiveness.


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How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms | Vicki Davis | Edutopia.org

How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms | Vicki Davis | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The Maker movement is a unique combination of artistry, circuitry, and old-fashioned craftsmanship. Certainly, learning by doing or "making" has been happening since our ancestors refined the wheel.


Don’t treat making as a sidebar to an already overtaxed curriculum. As you investigate the principles behind teaching STEAM via making, you'll see sound research from many educators throughout history, including Jean Piaget who, in 1973, wrote:


[S]tudents who are thus reputedly poor in mathematics show an entirely different attitude when the problem comes from a concrete situation and is related to other interests.


In 1972, Seymour Papert predicted what many complain is the state of today's apps and programs for modern students:


[T]he same old teaching becomes incredibly more expensive and biased toward its dumbest parts, namely the kind of rote learning in which measurable results can be obtained by treating the children like pigeons in a Skinner box.


Indeed, many of us go on first our first techno-rush as kids playing with erector sets, Legos, and the Radio Shack electronic kits. In a day when everyone thinks, "There's an app for that," many educators believe that we're missing the point of technology if we think its best use is programming kids to memorize math facts. Students don't want to use apps -- they want to make them.


Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager write, in Invent to Learn, a book that some call the "Maker in Education bible":


Maker classrooms are active classrooms. In active classrooms one will find engaged students, often working on multiple projects simultaneously, and teachers unafraid of relinquishing their authoritarian role. The best way to activate your classroom is for your classroom to make something.


A new generation of inventors is surfing the tide of the Maker movement. These classrooms emphasize making, inventing, and creativity. Let's look at the terminology and trends that will help educators understand the Maker movement.


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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology | Forest Lake Elementary School | Edutopia.org

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology | Forest Lake Elementary School | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, the student population grows more diverse by the day. Income levels, ethnicities, family structures, first languages, interests, and abilities now vary so much, that a traditional teaching approach, with a uniform lesson targeted to the average-level student, just doesn't cut it. (Sound familiar to you educators out there?)


To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the Forest Lake teachers and staff are deploying a powerful array of widely available digital-technology tools. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a Tech Zone of eight Internet-enabled computers. Plus, teachers have access to gadgets including digital cameras, Flip cameras, remote-response clickers, and PDAs.


More important than the gadgets themselves, of course, is how the teachers use them to create personalized lessons and a productive environment where each child is engaged. Here are Forest Lake teachers' top tips on how to do it.


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Why Do Americans Stink at Math? | NYTimes Magazine

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? | NYTimes Magazine | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

When Akihiko Takahashi was a junior in college in 1978, he was like most of the other students at his university in suburban Tokyo. He had a vague sense of wanting to accomplish something but no clue what that something should be. But that spring he met a man who would become his mentor, and this relationship set the course of his entire career.


Takeshi Matsuyama was an elementary-school teacher, but like a small number of instructors in Japan, he taught not just young children but also college students who wanted to become teachers. At the university-affiliated elementary school where Matsuyama taught, he turned his classroom into a kind of laboratory, concocting and trying out new teaching ideas. When Takahashi met him, Matsuyama was in the middle of his boldest experiment yet — revolutionizing the way students learned math by radically changing the way teachers taught it.


Instead of having students memorize and then practice endless lists of equations — which Takahashi remembered from his own days in school — Matsuyama taught his college students to encourage passionate discussions among children so they would come to uncover math’s procedures, properties and proofs for themselves.


One day, for example, the young students would derive the formula for finding the area of a rectangle; the next, they would use what they learned to do the same for parallelograms. Taught this new way, math itself seemed transformed. It was not dull misery but challenging, stimulating and even fun.


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Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners | Amy Erin Borovoy | Edutopia.org

Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners | Amy Erin Borovoy | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Most educators have little choice about the (usually) over-crowded, (often) unappealing rooms they teach in -- but they intuitively know that the spaces children spend their time in can have an effect on how they learn.


I've gathered a collection of videos to explore the questions: How important is environment to learning? And what small changes can you make in seating, organization, lighting, and decor to build your own space into a better place to teach and learn?


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In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory | All Things Considered | NPR.org

In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory | All Things Considered | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Imagine a school where classes are organized not by subject but by project — a school created not by administrators, but by teachers fed up with the status quo. A school where kids from a city's toughest neighborhoods are given the opportunity to experiment and the freedom to fail.


In West Philadelphia, that school is a reality. It's called .


The idea started with an innovative project for a few dozen kids at one of Philly's most troubled high schools, West Philadelphia High School. The project: .


In 2010, students there entered an international hybrid-building competition and survived the first round. The West Philly effort rivaled adult projects backed by major corporations and universities. That's when they got the attention of President Obama.


"They didn't have a lot of money," Obama said of the West Philly High team. "They didn't have the best equipment. They certainly didn't have every advantage in life. But what they had was a program that challenged them to solve problems, work together, to learn and build and create. That's the kind of spirit and ingenuity that we have to foster."


The Workshop School embodies several big trends in education that the Obama administration has supported, including a renewed focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) and .

With the program's success, its founding teachers were able to raise private money and convince the cash-strapped School District of Philadelphia to let them think bigger. The Workshop School was the result.


This year was the school's first as a full-fledged public high school. It hosted 90 students and will grow to 160 kids next year.


Haziz Self just graduated from The Workshop School and says he loves its project-based learning.


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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Edutopia.org

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Designing a well-organized and professional teaching portfolio can give you an edge in a competitive job market, and help you score high marks on your school's teacher evaluation form.


It is, however, a time-consuming endeavor (the average portfolio takes about two to three days of work), and once built, your portfolio will require regular attention.


This post will help you decide whether or not a portfolio will serve your professional goals and how to go about designing a professional-looking site that showcases your teaching skills.


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Former FL Gov. Jeb Bush's reading rule loses ground | POLITICO.com

Former FL Gov. Jeb Bush's reading rule loses ground | POLITICO.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

It was one of Jeb Bush’s signature initiatives as Florida governor: Require third-graders to repeat the year if they flunked a reading test.


Bush promoted the policy aggressively, and, within a decade, 15 states and Washington had adopted it. Ever since, tens of thousands of 8- and 9-year-olds across the country have been treading water at third grade, some for as many as three years.


But now, political pressure to dilute the policies is building — in part, because new, more-challenging Common Core exams will be rolled out in many states next spring. In states that have already tried Common Core exams, as many as 70 percent of students failed, raising fears of mass retentions among teachers, parents and children.


Lawmakers are scrambling to respond. In Oklahoma, the Legislature just tweaked the state’s law to let students who have failed the reading test advance to fourth grade if a team of parents and educators approves. In North Carolina, lawmakers softened the retention law to give districts more flexibility. In New Mexico, Democratic legislators have repeatedly thwarted the governor’s attempt to enact a Florida-style policy.


And in Ohio, the law has even become a campaign issue being used against Republican Gov. John Kasich.


Former Colorado Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien was instrumental in pushing the Colorado READ Act, which passed in 2012. She said she worries the retention policies will get caught up in anti-Common Core and anti-testing fervor.


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Tea Party support linked to educational segregation, new study shows | Notre Dame News | ND.edu

Tea Party support linked to educational segregation, new study shows | Notre Dame News | ND.edu | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In January 2009, Barack Obama assumed the U.S. presidency in the midst of the most severe recession since the great depression of the 1930s. While many Americans hoped the new administration would take an active role in providing relief for those harmed by the economic collapse, a “Tea Party” movement emerged to oppose Obama’s agenda.


University of Notre Dame political sociologist Rory McVeigh, whose study “Educational Segregation, Tea Party Organizations, and Battles over Distributive Justice” was recently published in the American Sociological Review, says, “The political polarization that we witness today is linked to the way in which Americans live in segregated worlds.”


McVeigh and his coauthors, Kraig Beyerlein, Burrel Vann and Priyamvada Trivedi, examine why certain U.S. counties are conducive to the establishment of Tea Party organizations. Their statistical analyses show that even after accounting for many other factors, Tea Party organizations were much more likely to form in counties with high levels of residential segregation based on education levels, and that college graduates were more likely to indicate support for the Tea Party if they resided in a county characterized by high levels of educational segregation.


“Acceptance or rejection of the Tea Party’s views on the government’s role in redistributing wealth is shaped, to a large degree, by the extent to which those who have benefited from higher education are set apart in their daily lives from those who have not,” says McVeigh, who specializes in inequality, social movements, race and ethnicity. “As the article explains, the commonly held view that individuals and families who are struggling to get by are undeserving of government assistance is reinforced when the highly educated have limited contact with those who have been less fortunate.”


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The Teacher Dropout Crisis | Ed--How Learning Happens | NPR.org

The Teacher Dropout Crisis | Ed--How Learning Happens | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Worried about your teenager dropping out of school? You might also want to worry about his teacher.


"Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either ," reads a new report from the , an advocacy group. And this kind of turnover comes at a steep cost, not only to students but to districts: up to $2.2 billion a year.


There were more than 3 million full-time teachers in 2013, , meaning nearly 15 percent of the workforce is moving or leaving every year. And, the study says, at-risk students suffer the most.


Nearly 20 percent of teachers at high-poverty schools leave every year, a rate 50 percent higher than at more affluent schools. That's one of every five teachers, gone by next September.


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Poll: 70 percent of voters support federal preschool expansion | WashPost.com

Poll: 70 percent of voters support federal preschool expansion | WashPost.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Seven in 10 voters, including six in 10 Republicans, support a plan for the federal government to expand quality early childhood programs for low- and middle-income families, according to a national poll sponsored by the First Five Years Fund, an advocacy group.


The bipartisan support was underscored by two prominent political strategists from both major parties during an event Thursday at the National Press Club.


“This is an issue that has calcified in many people’s minds as something that’s important,” said Kevin Madden, a Republican political campaign strategist and former press secretary for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Voters believe this is a critical investment at a critical time.”


Jim Messina, who managed President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, agreed: “There is a national consensus around this issue except in the 10-mile square, logic-free zone that we call Washington, D.C.,” he said.


State governors and mayors from both political parties have made strides in expanding preschool in recent years, but Obama’s proposal to increase federal funding to help states improve access to preschool has stalled in Congress, floundering amid a pervasive deadlock in the legislature.


Both political strategists agreed that the strong support for early childhood investment is a reflection of the deep anxiety people are feeling about the economy and the future direction of the country. They said that given the widespread support among voters, early childhood education is likely to continue to be part of candidates’ platforms in the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race.


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Education 'Reform' Loses The Netroots | Education Opportunity Network

I wrote on the blogsite OpenLeftback in 2010, the Netroots Nation event seemed “generally in denial about issues of race and class that are at the heart of” problems in public schools. Instead, all the conversation was about “reform.” And teachers’ unions fought for attention on the agenda by addressing the worsening conditions for the nation’s public school teachers as a “labor issue.”


“Lots of lip service was paid to ‘saving teachers’ jobs,’” I recalled. But “not much of anything on the agenda addressed the destructive education policies of the Obama administration.”


News that Michelle Rhee, the public school chancellor in Washington, DC that year, had fired another 241 teachers was completely overlooked in any of the panels and speeches. Instead, as I reported, “As the news broke, an attendee I was having coffee with was absolutely gleeful. ‘There are too many bad teachers,’ she explained to me while coolly scrolling through the headlines on her Blackberry, ‘And they’re never made accountable for anything.’” Those around nodded in agreement.


Certainly no one of any prominence at the meeting pointed out the blatant unfairness of the Obama administration’s push to evaluate teachers on the basis of students’ scores on standardized tests. And during the conference’s education caucus, when National Education Association vice president Lilly Eskelsen warned of the rapidly expanding charter school industry that was spreading corporate influence and privatization of public schools, attendees defended “wonderful charter schools.”


The following year, at Netroots Nation 2011 in Las Vegas, I led a panel that included Eskelsen, U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Sabrina Stevens (who now leads Integrity in Education), and Kevin Welner, an education professor from the University of Colorado, Boulder and co-director of the National Education Policy Center.


The title of that panel was “Engaging Progressives in the Fight for Public Education,” and we warned attendees of the dangers of current education policies and urged attendees to get involved in the growing movement to take back our public schools.


Both Eskelsen and Chu cited a Stanford study of charter schools nationwide that found most charter schools fail to outperform comparable neighborhood schools. And they decried the application of business models to education because business is designed to create winners and losers and stratify opportunities.


Stevens spoke eloquently and passionately of her experience teaching in a Denver public school where a reform agenda imposed by the state had stifled teachers’ practice, turned teaching into rote test-prep, and sapped the joy of learning from the students.


At one point during the session, Welner asked if there was anyone in the audience from the Center for American Progress. Two attendees raised their hands, which prompted Welner to chide, “Your organization is as bad as the American Enterprise Institute on education,” noting the groups that generally represent the range of the political spectrum – from left-leaning CAP to ardent right wing AEI – actively colluded in the campaign for corporate education reform.


Both CAP staffers promptly walked out. Based on what transpired in 2014, it’s now clear they – and the agenda masquerading as “education reform” – never really came back.


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Exploring Electronic Music in South Africa: "The Future Looks Awesome" | Think Africa Press

Exploring Electronic Music in South Africa: "The Future Looks Awesome" | Think Africa Press | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Township tech’ is an intriguing juxtaposition. It was first coined a few years ago by DJ and rapper Spoek Mathambo, who appointed himself the "prince" of it in the process, and the phrase injects a sense of freshness into one of South Africa’s most misunderstood creative hubs.


“A setup can cost as little as 1500 Rand [$140],” says Mathambo of the basic materials needed to create a track. “Some of the biggest songs this country has ever produced − ‘Township Funk’ by DJ Mujava, for example − were produced on a very simple home computer set-up.”


He is speaking to Think Africa Press ahead of the release of his new documentary, Future Sounds of Mzansi. The film is Mathambo's feature-length debut, directed in partnership with filmmaker Lebo Rasethaba, and it explores South Africa’s upcoming electronic music scene as it ventures beyond Mathambo's stomping ground of the townships of Johannesburg and across the whole country.


Mathambo had already proven his talent for visuals. In his live sets, for instance, flamboyant stage and light shows bridge the gaps between music, dance, theatre and film, clearly influenced by the powerful aesthetics of Nollywood's 'spiritual thrillers'. “It freaks out his family and I can’t argue with that!” says Mathambo of one of his previous producer’s reactions to the horror-film aspects of his work. It seems to be no coincidence that Spoek means ‘ghost’ in Afrikaans.


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Could This Chicago Teen Cure Colon Cancer Someday? | DNAinfo.com

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Keven Stonewall iikes to say "innovation doesn't have an age," which makes sense considering the 19-year-old could be on his way to curing colon cancer.


Working at a Rush University lab while still in high school, the Ashburn native revealed a critical age-related drawback in an experimental vaccine aimed at preventing colon cancer in mice.


A vaccine that could work on seniors is now being developed.


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UK: Google backs creative coding classes for children | Telegraph.co.uk

UK: Google backs creative coding classes for children | Telegraph.co.uk | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Google has partnered with the Barbican and interactive artists in a series of classes designed to teach schoolchildren how to code creatively.


The DevArt Young Creators course is a 3 week series of workshops lead by interactive artists Zach Lieberman, Karsten Schmidt and duo Varvara and Mar created to teach pupils about the creative possibilities of code.


The sessions, held between 7-25 July at the Barbican, will take groups of 9-13 year-olds through how to code a piece of music, a digital butterfly and a 3D-printed piece of art.


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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Judy Willis, MD | Edutopia.com

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The realities of standardized tests and increasingly structured, if not synchronized, curriculum continue to build classroom stress levels.


Neuroimaging research reveals the disturbances in the brain's learning circuits and neurotransmitters that accompany stressful learning environments.


The neuroscientific research about learning has revealed the negative impact of stress and anxiety and the qualitative improvement of the brain circuitry involved in memory and executive function that accompanies positive motivation and engagement.


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Twitter diversity report, 'we have a lot of work to do' | TheNextWeb.com

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Like the rest of tech sector, Twitter has released its diversity report. Also like the rest of the sector, it’s a largely white, male dominated company.


In today’s report, Twitter’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Janet Van Huysse stated that says that she will now focus on efforts to create a more diverse work force that’s inclusive.


Currently, the leadership team at Twitter is 79 percent male. Overall, the company skews 70 percent male. The overall ethnicity of the company is 59 percent white, 29 percent Asian, with African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and others hitting only three or less percent.


Twitter is being pro-active to remedy the situation. It has in-house employee-led groups like WomEng (women in engineering), Blackbird (Tweeps of color), Alas (Latino and Latina employees), and TwitterOpen (LGBTQ folks). The company also says that it is partnering with organizations to improve its diversity including, Girls Who Code, Out for Tech (an LGBT program to develop leaders), and it says it is aware of the “critical importance” of recruiting from historically black colleges.


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What’s APPening: 100 apps for education | eClassroom News

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Need an app? You don’t have to look far.


There really IS an app for that, whatever “that” may be.


Need help taking notes or staying organized? Do you want an on-demand guide to coding and computer programming? Whether you want a resource for reference, early learning, math, science–the list goes on and on.


Straight from Microsoft comes a list of 100 apps, with information on age and grade levels, price, categories, and descriptions.


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Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores | All Things Considered | NPR.org

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The University of Arkansas what it calls a "first ever" study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement. Here at NPR Ed we get a lot of press releases for studies related to education — , , and more. But not all studies are created equal. It's important to understand not only what the study says but who the researchers are and how they arrived at their conclusions.


For today's study, researchers relied heavily on one standardized test, the NAEP (aka the "Nation's Report Card"). They took NAEP scores in reading and math from 28 states, then broke them down by schools' funding per student. The report found, as other research has shown, that student performance at charter schools is roughly on par with public school performance.


But, the researchers argue, because charter schools tend to have smaller budgets (according to previously published research from this same University of Arkansas department), "these differences amount to charter schools overall being 40 percent more cost-effective in math and 41 percent more cost effective in reading, compared to traditional public schools."


Patrick J. Wolf is the study's lead author and a professor of education policy at the University of Arkansas. "The headline of this report is that the charter school sector in states across the country is more productive in generating desirable student outcomes at a lower cost than the traditional public schools," Wolf said.


That is, indeed, the headline. But the math behind it — and the conclusions Wolf and his team draw from it — may not be that simple.


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