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Does the use of games- based learning and apps have a future in education | Jisc Inform

Does the use of games- based learning and apps have a future in education | Jisc Inform | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

When you think about games-based learning, you could be forgiven for conjuring images of students spending an unhealthy amount of time playing games and eating pizza, drinking fizzy drinks and not exercising. Perhaps a bit of a generalisation, but when I think about ‘games’ its function is primarily to entertain, so how can they be used effectively in education? 

 

Smartphone and tablet devices have exploded in popularity and teachers are using these devices in a variety of different ways. Bridgwater College is using iPads to analyse the technique of their sports students and Kendal College is using augmented reality in its prospectus materials. In terms of games-based learning Minecraft, a game based app, is being used as a tool for creating new worlds and there’s even a website dedicated to its use in education. Check out this interesting video by pbsideachannel to find our more.

 

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U.S. Education Department bars states from offering alternative tests to most students with disabilities | Valerie Strauss | WashPost.com

U.S. Education Department bars states from offering alternative tests to most students with disabilities | Valerie Strauss | WashPost.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A new rule issued by the U.S. Education Department requires all states to stop offering alternative standards and aligned standardized tests to nearly all students with disabilities after the 2015-16 school year.

As published in the Federal Rule, the rule is called “Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities,” and it requires states to give the same assessments to students without disabilities as to the vast majority of those with disabilities under the premise that nearly all students can “make academic progress when provided with challenging instruction and appropriate supports.”

Effective Sept. 21, 2015, the official rule summary says:


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University of Louisiana Lafayette ranks in top 25 for computer science grads' mid-career pay | Louisiana.edu

University of Louisiana Lafayette ranks in top 25 for computer science grads' mid-career pay | Louisiana.edu | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is one of the top 25 universities in the nation for computer science majors, based on the mid-career salaries its alumni earn.

That’s according to PayScale, a research company that claims to have compiled the world's largest database of individual salary profiles. It analyzed the earnings of 1.4 million alumni to rank 187 colleges and universities that have computer science programs.

UL Lafayette tied with Carnegie Mellon University for No. 23. Both schools’ computer science alums reported mid-career median pay of $121,000. PayScale defines “mid-career” as at least 10 years of experience.

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Electroluminescent Art: Sound, Color & Light | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist

Electroluminescent Art: Sound, Color & Light | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Electroluminescence (EL) is an optical phenomenon and electrical phenomenon in which a material emits light in response to the passage of an electric current or to a strong electric field. Powder phosphor-based electroluminescent materials include “EL” wire, tape and panels, which consume relatively little electric power. These materials are coated in phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it.


These materials are increasingly popular among artists, dancers, makers, and other creative communities. Japan-based Wrecking Crew Orchestra‘s Cosmic Beat show used video projection mapping and laser graphics. For projection mapping, they were using two 20,000 lumen projectors for the set projection and worked with a VFX company on the graphics for the mapping.


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SEPT 19: “Data DiscoTech” event to explore the impact of open data on grassroots communities | Allied Media Projects

SEPT 19: “Data DiscoTech” event to explore the impact of open data on grassroots communities | Allied Media Projects | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition is comprised of people and organizations in Detroit who believe that communication is a fundamental human right. We have been working to secure that right for the past six years through activities that are grounded in the digital justice principles of Access, Participation, Common Ownership, and Healthy Communities.

In January 2015 the DDJC launched a “reboot” to bring more people and organizations into the urgent work for digital justice in Detroit and to foster more collaboration across existing digital justice projects.

The 14 current member organizations of the coalition span Detroit’s social justice organizing, social service, media arts, and civic technology communities. Our constituents include people on welfare, senior citizens, social justice activists, youth media makers and others.

As part of the reboot we restructured our work within four major areas: technical support for organizing, digital justice policy, discotechs, and mesh networks.


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Small Group Goes to Great Lengths to Block Homeschooling Regulation | Jessica Huseman | Pro Publica

Small Group Goes to Great Lengths to Block Homeschooling Regulation | Jessica Huseman | Pro Publica | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In the fall of 2003, police in New Jersey received a call from a concerned neighbor who’d found a boy rummaging in her garbage, looking for food. He was 19 years old but was 4 feet tall and weighed just 45 pounds. Investigators soon learned that the boy’s three younger brothers were also severely malnourished.


The family was known to social workers, but the children were being homeschooled and thus were cut off from the one place where their condition could have gotten daily scrutiny — a classroom.


After the story of the emaciated boys appeared in national newspapers, New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg was moved to introduce new legislation. “My question was, how does someone fall off the face of the earth so that no one knows they exist? I was told it was because he was homeschooled,” she said.

Her bill, introduced in 2004, would’ve required parents, for the first time, to notify the state that their children were being homeschooled, have them complete the same annual tests as public school students, and submit proof of annual medical tests.

Soon afterward, a small group of homeschooling parents began following Weinberg around the capitol. The barrage of phone calls from homeschooling advocates so jammed her office phone lines that staffers had to use their private cellphones to conduct business. “You would have thought I’d recommended the end of the world as we know it,” said Weinberg. “Our office was besieged.”


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Self-healing material could plug holes in space ships | Ben Coxworth | GizMag.com

Self-healing material could plug holes in space ships | Ben Coxworth | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

As the movies have shown us, space travel is an intimidating prospect, what with the possibilities of running out of air, the rocket engines conking out, or the shipboard computer deciding to bump off the crew. Another danger is fast-flying orbital debris piercing the hull. Scientists may be on their way to a solution to that one, however, in the form of a new self-healing material.

Developed by a team from the University of Michigan and NASA, the material is made up of thiol-ene-trialkylborane liquid resin, sandwiched between two polymer panels. As long as the resin is contained in the airtight space between the panels, it stays in its liquid form.


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Lockheed Martin's satellite cooler gets triple the power | David Szondy | GizMag.com

Lockheed Martin's satellite cooler gets triple the power | David Szondy | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Space is cold, but not cold enough. For satellites carrying sophisticated sensors, keeping the components at cryogenic temperatures is vital, but doing so while keeping down the weight and power requirements isn't easy. Lockheed Martin’s High Power Microcryocooler is designed with both of these things in mind, and it now packs three times the power density of previous systems.

Ever since the first high-resolution infrared sensors and similar components were sent into space the problem of how to keep them cold has vexed engineers. There are a number of ways of achieving this, such as cryostats containing liquid helium, but these are heavy, bulky, and expensive to launch.


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Stunning images document Saturnian moon Dione during final Cassini flyby | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com

Stunning images document Saturnian moon Dione during final Cassini flyby | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has marked its final close pass of the Saturnian moon Dione by capturing the rocky body in a series of stunning images as it sailed past the satellite on August, 17. Cassini had previously visited the moon five times, but had never before captured the moon in so high a resolution.

Dione is a relatively small Saturnian moon orbiting roughly 234,000 miles (377,400 km) out from the gas giant. With a density only 1.48 times that of liquid water, the moon's surface is characterized by heavy cratering, with some of the scars spanning over 60 miles (97 km) in diameter.


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Early Childhood Education Offers Unique Chance For Bipartisan Consensus | John Lechleiter Opinion | Forbes.com

If you wonder what the connection is between the education of four-year-olds and my usual focus on life-sciences issues, then just stick with me. It’s not as big a leap as you might think.


More and more evidence tells us that investing in the education of America’s young people needs to begin earlier in their lives—stimulating socialization and a desire to learn, and dramatically improving their long-term life prospects. The return per dollar spent on early childhood education is among the most productive human-capital investments possible, yet as a society we’re not making enough of those investments.


The presidential candidates of both parties would do well to make this a defining issue of the election—encouraging governments and the private sector to cooperate in boosting Pre-K learning programs.


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Students Not Prepared for Careers in Computer Science | Jamaal Abdul-Alim | Diverse Education

Students Not Prepared for Careers in Computer Science | Jamaal Abdul-Alim | Diverse Education | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Despite the growing number of jobs that rely on computer science, significant portions of U.S. students never get to take a computer science class at the K-12 level because their schools don’t offer them.

That is one of the key findings of a new Gallup report that found that lack of access to computer science classes was particularly pronounced among low-income students and students of color.

“Many students do not have access to computer science learning opportunities at school, with lower-income students and Black students having the least access,” states the report, titled “Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education.”

Specialists say the lack of computer science classes in America’s schools has repercussions in areas that range from job market participation to national security. It also lessens the likelihood that students will study computer science in college.


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Once a Symbol of New Orleans’ Resilience, the Second Line Tradition is Now Endangered | Jordan Hirsch | Slate.com

Once a Symbol of New Orleans’ Resilience, the Second Line Tradition is Now Endangered | Jordan Hirsch | Slate.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A couple of months after Hurricane Katrina, as public officials debated whether and how to rebuild heavily damaged sections of New Orleans, Michelle Longino and Tamara Jackson planned a parade. The event, a local tradition called a second line, would consist of brass bands and groups called social aid and pleasure clubs dancing through the ruins of the city.


The parade was meant to stake a claim to the city’s historically black neighborhoods on behalf of their former residents, who were still scattered across the country in the wake of the flood. The idea came from Longino, who, in the black, working-class world of second lining, was white and middle class. Jackson, who is black, and grew up on a second-line route, helped her track down members of dozens of clubs, who were eager to sign on.


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3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers | Dr. Lori Desautels | Edutopia.org

3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers | Dr. Lori Desautels | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

"Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her." - Urie Bronfenbrenner


A year and a half ago, I decided that I needed to return to the K-12 classrooms and really experience ground-level teaching, testing, core standards, differentiating, and emotionally connecting with children and adolescents in ways I had not for many years. I have been and still am an assistant professor in the school of education at Marian University, but the environments, experiences, and my own learning have grown and changed immensely from returning to the classroom 18 months ago.


I asked the university for a course release, taking the lectures, research, and strategies into the early adolescent grades. And three and a half semesters later, I am discovering, sometimes failing, sometimes celebrating, but always walking the walk of my graduate students and sharing these experiences with my pre-service teachers. Two mornings a week, I have entered six fifth grade classrooms in three elementary schools in Washington Township, a large Indianapolis public school district. Currently, I am co-teaching in four different seventh grade classrooms. I am learning more than I ever could have imagined, but the greatest lesson has been discovering the three key themes or words that keep showing up with the hundreds of students that I have had the privilege to teach and mentor.


I have surveyed the students and teachers with these questions in mind:


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Massachusetts boarding school sued over Wi-Fi sickness | Jon Gold | NetworkWorld.com

Massachusetts boarding school sued over Wi-Fi sickness | Jon Gold | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The parents of an anonymous student at the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., allege that the Wi-Fi at the institution is making their child sick, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court earlier this month.

The child, identified only as “G” in court documents, is said to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome. The radio waves emitted by the school’s Wi-Fi routers cause G serious discomfort and physical harm, according to the suit, which was first reported by Courthouse News Service last week.


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Wi-Fi Woo-Woo - Quack Science Convinces Boston Family to Sue School Over Wi-Fi/EHS Allergy | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap!

Wi-Fi Woo-Woo - Quack Science Convinces Boston Family to Sue School Over Wi-Fi/EHS Allergy | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap! | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A Boston area boarding school’s failure to accommodate a 12-year-old student’s allergy to Wi-Fi will force the Fay School to hire attorneys to defend itself in a lawsuit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

All three plaintiffs have been kept anonymous, but their lawsuit clearly identifies what is responsible for their son’s headaches, itchy skin and rashes — the school’s Wi-Fi system.


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How emerging technology is changing K-12 classrooms | Kacy Zurkus | NetworkWorld.com

How emerging technology is changing K-12 classrooms | Kacy Zurkus | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Though implementing one-to-one initiatives such as having a laptop for every student continues to be a primary focus for many school systems across the country, those who have already a 1:1 program are discovering new ways to shape student learning. Impressive technology trends are transforming traditional classrooms for students at every grade level.

Robotics, makerspaces and wearables will be a few of the trends that join the ranks alongside teachers and students in the fall. “Research shows that this group of kids learns very differently from past generations,” says GB Cazes, vice president at Cyber Innovation Center recognized, Cazes says.


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Mentoring Girls in Computer Science | Shuchi Grover & Patricia Schank | SRI International

Mentoring Girls in Computer Science | Shuchi Grover & Patricia Schank | SRI International | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Despite the healthy buzz around introducing children to computer science and coding in the K-12 years, there is a stark reality with which we contend: precipitously low numbers of girls and underserved minorities are studying computing in the United States. Despite many efforts to close this gap, figures of test-takers from recent advanced placement exams (a rough measure of teens’ interest in pursuing computing in college) still suggest that we have a long way to go to level the playing field for women and minorities.

At SRI Education, we’re doing our bit, through research and outreach efforts, to move the needle by engaging in efforts that especially target t(w)eens in middle school––a key time for identity building and when many children develop or lose an interest in particular subjects, as is sadly often the case with girls and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Over the last year, we have connected with youth in highly interactive events that help bring STEM fields more into focus and as a tangible goal. Two of these events were the Design_Code_Build program and Technovation.


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The Wearable, Projection-Mapped Mask Is a Cyberpunk Masterpiece | DJ Pangburn | The Creators Project

With so much of ourselves, uploaded as images and videos to apps like Instagram and Snapchat, creating not one digital doppelganger but a multitude of them, what are we to make of our real biological selves? This question is at the center of visual artist, dancer, and choreographer Bill Shannon's latest project, a wearable, projection-mapped mask that displays a range of recorded facial expressions.

A blend of high and low tech, the digital mask looks like a kaleidoscope turned inside out, or a sculptural fusion of cubist and futurist styles. It also resembles the type of low-fi future tech often seen in such Terry Gilliam films as Brazil, 12 Monkeys, and The Zero Theorem.


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Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing | Sean Coughlan | BBC News

Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing | Sean Coughlan | BBC News | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics.

This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level.

"I think we are finally on the point of making a breakthrough," says Jacob Dahl, fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and director of the Ancient World Research Cluster.

Dr Dahl's secret weapon is being able to see this writing more clearly than ever before.


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Extreme pressure reveals new phenomenon in atomic nuclei | Richard Moss | GizMag.com

Extreme pressure reveals new phenomenon in atomic nuclei | Richard Moss | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Scientists have long believed that while an atom's outer electrons are highly mobile and often behave somewhat chaotically, the inner electrons close to the nucleus are stable. They move steadily around the nucleus and stay out of each other's way. But new research reveals that if the pressure is really extreme, like double that found at the center of the Earth, the innermost electrons of an atom change their behavior.

The international team of researchers that observed this anomalous, unexpected phenomenon managed to put a metal called osmium, which is almost the densest of all known metals and almost as incompressible as diamond, under static pressure of over 770 gigapascals. That's more than twice as high as the pressure at the center of the Earth and 7.7 million times higher than the mean atmospheric pressure at the sea level.


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Copenhagen Suborbitals dreams big with Spica rocket | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com

Copenhagen Suborbitals dreams big with Spica rocket | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Meet Copenhagen Suborbitals (CS), the small Danish organization with a big dream – launching a human being into space, and returning them safely to Earth in a shoestring-budget micro rocket. The CS website conveys a simple mission statement, to prove that access to space does not have to come in the form of an exorbitantly expensive government-subsidized project. CS is proving that a driven group of individuals can achieve what would at first glance appear to be the unachievable, and strike a blow for the democratization of space.

Operating out of a workshop situated in a closed shipyard, the crowdfunded outfit is staffed exclusively by volunteers, most of whome devote their time to the amateur space program after their regular 9 – 5 jobs. CS has already launched a number of unmanned rockets of increasing technological complexity from a mobile platform in the Baltic Sea.


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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding | Hampton High School Blog | Edutopia.org

Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding | Hampton High School Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Erin: There's been a wonderful real-time change in the way we're able to adapt to student needs.

Marguerite: What formative assessment am I using daily, so that I can measure whether or not in that class period, kids are learning the material? A good Exit Ticket can tell whether or not a kid has a superficial understanding of the information, or has some depth of understanding. And then the next day the teacher can differentiate their lesson based on student needs. An Exit Ticket is a formative assessment linked to the objective of the lessons.

Shannon: Typically they're short, just a few questions and they're focused on one particular skill. And we design them ourselves. They're just what I want to know if the students mastered that day in the classroom. It can also be used to kind of anticipate something that you might be working on for the next day's lesson. Do they already know it, or do they know parts of it? Where can you kind of start your lesson?


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Sustained Silent Reading in High School | Stacey Flores Blog | Edutopia.org

Sustained Silent Reading in High School | Stacey Flores Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The concept of having students read silently for a predetermined amount of time has been very popular within early childhood education. This same concept of sustained silent reading is almost laughable within secondary education for many reasons:

  • Who has time for this?
  • Students need to be moving on to complex text.
  • Students should primarily be writing in order to prepare for college.
  • How can the educator allow students to read all class period long? They aren’t doing anything!
  • High stakes testing is priority! Reading for enjoyment is out of the question.


I believe students, especially high school students, need to have silent sustained reading in their English class in order for them to improve academically in a variety of ways.


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STEM fields dominate ranking of college majors | Ann Bednarz | NetworkWorld.com

STEM fields dominate ranking of college majors | Ann Bednarz | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Petroleum engineering majors earn the highest mid-career salaries, followed by nuclear engineering majors, according to a new ranking from PayScale.

The research company, which specializes in compensation data, ranked 319 majors at the bachelor level based on how much money graduates in each field are making. The top 25 bachelor-level majors all have mid-career median pay numbers above $100,000, and the vast majority of them are STEM majors.


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Musings of an Artist's Wife: Meet Tiffany, the Original Blue Dog | Wendy Rogrigue Blog

Musings of an Artist's Wife: Meet Tiffany, the Original Blue Dog | Wendy Rogrigue Blog | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

It was an accident that a terrier/spaniel mix named Tiffany found herself involved with an artist’s legacy years after her death. The Blue Dog, in truth, has little connection to the Rodrigue family pet. Instead, its roots lie in a Cajun story, the loup-garou, a scary legend about a werewolf-type dog that lurks in cemeteries and sugar cane fields, haunting naughty children in the night.


From his earliest Cajun paintings, George Rodrigue painted from photographs. He hunted through his mother’s old photo albums or posed his friends and family in costumes and vintage clothing, staging scenes from Acadian culture.


After his return from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, he made a commitment to preserve the Cajun traditions. He saw his culture fading as the modern world encroached upon South Louisiana, and he recorded its history on his canvas with graphic interpretations of Cajun healers and fishermen, legends like Evangeline and Jolie Blonde, Mardi Gras parades and Crawfish Festivals, and myths such as the loup-garou.


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Renowned researcher: ‘Why I am no longer comfortable’ in the field of educational measurement | Valerie Strauss | WashPost

Renowned researcher: ‘Why I am no longer comfortable’ in the field of educational measurement | Valerie Strauss | WashPost | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Gene V. Glass is a renowned statistician and researcher who has worked for decades in educational psychology and the social sciences. He created the term “meta-analysis” — a statistical process for combining the findings from individual studies in a search for patterns and other data — and described its use in a 1976 speech when he was president of the American Educational Research Association. He has won numerous awards during his career. He is now a Regents’ Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, a senior researcher at the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, and an elected member of the National Academy of Education.

Considering that Glass has spent a career in psychometrics, it becomes news when he decides that he is “no longer comfortable being associated with the discipline of educational measurement.” In this post, which appeared on his blog, Education in Two Worlds, he explains why he has reached this point, a decision that explains the state of “accountability” in public education today. I am republishing it with permission.


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