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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup | Education | Scoop.it
“Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own?”
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For Those in the Digital Dark, Enlightenment Is Borrowed From the Library | NYTimes.com

For Those in the Digital Dark, Enlightenment Is Borrowed From the Library | NYTimes.com | Education | Scoop.it
Joey Cabrera stands for part of most evenings on the doorstep of the Clason’s Point Library, near 172nd Street and Morrison Avenue in the Bronx.There, he taps into the Wi-Fi that seeps out of the library after it closes. He checks in on Tumblr, Snapchat, Facebook — “the usual stuff,” he said — and plays Lost Saga, a video game developed in Korea. “Formerly, I played Minecraft, but this is less mainstream, an inside thing with my friends,” Joey said.Then there is a basic maneuver in skateboarding that he is mastering, the Pop Shove It. He studies the technique at the library doorstep.“I’ve gone to YouTube multiple times to see how to do it,” he said.Like most homes in his part of the Bronx, Joey’s apartment has no Internet access. Even before the library opens for the day, people stand outside, polishing résumés, then dash in at the crack of 10 a.m. to use the printers. “Then they get right on the train for job interviews,” said Wanda Luzon, the manager of the Clason’s Point Branch of the New York Public Library.Joey, 15, who is going to be a sophomore in high school, arrives at the end of the day, after he is finished at the year-round academic enrichment program he attends in Manhattan. He walks a block from the Westchester Avenue el, then settles in at the library until closing time, which is 7 p.m. on Mondays. Then he continues his online session through the library’s network.“I’ve got an hour before sunset, when it gets dangerous,” Joey said.As he spoke, a young woman nearby finished her online sidewalk session and moved on.The branch library is the village well.For most of the city, two companies, Time Warner and Verizon, provide broadband access, at an annual cost of close to $1,000 per home. For many houses, that means no access at all. About 2.9 million people in the city were in the digital dark, according to a 2010 study by the Center for Technology and Government at the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York. In the city’s libraries, 68 percent of the people who make under $25,000 and are using the computers do not have Internet access at home.“Imagine that in the information capital of the world, kids are camped out on the stoops of libraries to do their online math homework,” said Anthony W. Marx, the president of the New York Public Library, the city’s leading provider of free Internet access.Andrew Rasiej, the chairman of NY Tech Meetup and an advocate for broadband access at low cost, has lobbied Mr. Marx. “I asked him, ‘You let people check out books, why don’t you let them check out the Internet?’ ” Mr. Rasiej said.Click headline to read more--
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5 More Cool Tools to Take Classroom Collaboration to a New Level

5 More Cool Tools to Take Classroom Collaboration to a New Level | Education | Scoop.it
“More Fun Free Tools for Collaborative Classroom Assignments In May, we published the post, 20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration. Given the”
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12 Online and Blended Strategies for Higher Education Administrators

12 Online and Blended Strategies for Higher Education Administrators | Education | Scoop.it
“What every administrator needs to know about growing successful blended and online courses.”
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Tackling the Racial Diversity Challenge in Tech - EE Times

Tackling the Racial Diversity Challenge in Tech - EE Times | Education | Scoop.it
“Tackling the Racial Diversity Challenge in Tech EE Times I have a lot in common with many smart and talented inner-city youth. I grew up in the Baruch Housing Projects in Manhattan.”
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