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In April, the Modern Language Association folks revamped their suggested citation formatting to be a better fit in our digital age. The release of the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook gives us quite a few changes to help students manage the mound of electronic resources now available and, while these changes are super-helpful, they…
Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have analyzed novels to identify the building blocks of all stories.
Jennifer Cowley's insight:
This could be an interesting method to put together some AR displays...grouping stories by their types of arcs instead of other content. Might end up with some interesting combinations and attract some readers to titles they would otherwise never consider.
For me, the most important part of the study is that the researchers focused on just listening, with no follow-along-in-the-book or other reading intervention added. The impact of purely listening to books is striking. Two notable findings are that students using Tales2go attained 58% of the annual expected gain in reading achievement in just 10 weeks, putting them three months ahead of control students. Plus, the study group outperformed the control group across all measures, by three times in reading comprehension, nearly seven times in second-grade vocabulary, and nearly four times in reading motivation. These increases came after students listened for twenty minutes three times per week in the afternoon program at school, and an additional two twenty-minute sessions at home.
We’ve discussed why social engineering should be your biggest security concern before, but this graphic breaks down how those attacks happen online, on the phone, and even in person, along with what you should be on the lookout for.
Now comes a fine addition to the most intelligent and imaginative children’s books about making sense of death — the crowning jewel of them all, even, and not only because it bears what might be the most beautiful children’s book title ever conceived: Cry, Heart, But Never Break (public library) by beloved Danish children’s book author Glenn Ringtved and illustrator Charlotte Pardi, translated into English by Robert Moulthrop.
You’ve got data and you’ve got questions. But which types of charts and graphs can help you get to the heart of your goal? This paper describes thirteen types of charts and graphs to help you determine when to use each. It also includes dozens of tips on how to enhance visualizations to make your data pop. But you won’t want to stop there. Once you’ve got a chart or graph that answers your initial question, you’ll have more. Creating visualizations that are interactive gives you the power to ask – and answer – questions as quickly as you think of them. And combining interactive charts and graphs with each other on a dashboard makes the impact of your data explode. For each type of chart described, you’ll be able to experience for yourself the impact of interacting directly with data by selecting an image. The types of charts and graphs described in the paper include: Bar Line Pie Map Scatter plot Gantt Bubble Histogram Bullet Heat map Highlight table Treemap Box-and-whisker plot Get started by creating the best type of chart for your data and questions. From there, you’ll quickly find you’re not only answering your initial questions, but telling amazing stories with your data.
What should a public library look like in 2020? That's the question the Vancouver Public Library is putting to Vancouverites in a round of public consultations it will use as a basis for its next three-year plan.
Trying to convince administrators of your value? This study, unique because it documents the contribution of school librarians through the use of test results for specific ELA and writing standards, provides ammunition.
iOS: Finding time to read is hard, but if you fancy yourself a fan of classic literature, from the likes of Jane Austen, Jules Verne, or Charles Dickens, then Serial Reader’s a clever app that allows you to essentially subscribe to classic books in a serial format that’s sent to you daily.
Great info to have available for all your students, especially seniors doing investigative inquiry projects. They probably won't get any results in time to be useful, but figuring out how to complete the request could be a great learning activity.
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