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Connecting with Experts in the Real World: Educators Learn to Teach Science From the Pros | Edutopia

Several programs across the U.S. provide novice science teachers with the skillset and resources they need to be effective instructors in the classroom.
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US Rep: Copyright has actually been an "impediment" to rightsholders

Silicon Valley Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) says that copyright law has created a mindset of "control" rather than "payment" that kept the entertainment industry from embracing Napster. It's a mindset that persists today.
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Hohli - A Simple Tool for Creating Online Charts

Check out this free online tool for generating attractive charts and diagrams.
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Kan-ed services slashed as its future under consideration / LJWorld.com

Educators, hospital representatives and librarians have said Kan-ed and its content are invaluable, providing telemedicine, help to students and general assistance to more and more Kansans who, because of the economic slump, rely on accessing the Internet at no charge.
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IDC: More U.S. mobile web users than wireline users by 2015 | VentureBeat

IDC: More U.S. mobile web users than wireline users by 2015 | VentureBeat | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
More people in the United States will access the web via mobile devices than via wireline computers by 2015, according to a new study from IDC.
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Chegg Buys Zinch in Another Move Toward a “Social Education Platform”

Chegg Buys Zinch in Another Move Toward a “Social Education Platform” | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
Chegg — best known for online rentals of textbooks to college students — said it has just bought Zinch, a start-up that links high school students and college recruiters.
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School: It's way more boring than when you were there

School: It's way more boring than when you were there | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
"When reading and math count and nothing else does, then less time and resources are devoted to non-tested subjects like the arts, science, history, civics and so on," education historian Diane Ravitch, a well-known high-stakes testing critic and one-time proponent, writes in an email to Salon.
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As Number of Test Takers Rises, SAT Scores Fall Slightly - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The College Board noted that the decline in average SAT scores could probably be explained by the increase in test takers from varied academic backgrounds. The board said the scores did not necessarily represent a decline in performance, and it reported more high-performing students among the Class of 2011 than in previous years.
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Your Mom Really Is Going to College: Older College Students Are Increasing in Number

It's not just those in their teens and early 20s who are returning to college campuses; it's also their parents and even grandparents. According to an October 2008 article in the New York Times, over 10 percent of graduate liberal arts students at Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, and the University of Oklahoma are over 55 years old or retired.
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College Store Collaborates with Faculty to Save Accounting Students

College Store Collaborates with Faculty to Save Accounting Students | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
Business faculty partner with textbook publisher to create less expensive custom texts for their courses.
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How the Crowd Is Shaping the Future of Storytelling

How the Crowd Is Shaping the Future of Storytelling | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
The traditional media model of gatekeepers is slowly giving way to niche communities that source and inform the creative process. The new era of storytelling is upon us, thanks in large part to the social web.
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McGraw-Hill to Break Apart Amid Shareholder Pressure

McGraw-Hill to Break Apart Amid Shareholder Pressure | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
McGraw-Hill said on Monday it would separate into two listed companies, one focused on global markets and the other on education.
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How To Use Facebook To Market Your Brand

"A super-useful infographic detailing everything from the various rungs of Facebook fans to the real secret sauce of Facebook: The math that decides what appears in your latest-news feed."

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Animaps: Create Animated Maps Online & Share

Animaps: Create Animated Maps Online & Share | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
Maps can get pretty boring if they include a lot of information. Animaps aims to make maps more fun by letting you animate any Google map.
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Explore 900 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Free Interactive Map

Explore 900 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Free Interactive Map | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
Those interested in geography, history, or just pretty pictures will enjoy this interactive map featuring images from over 900 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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Get Inspired by the Maker Faire | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton

Get Inspired by the Maker Faire | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
The Maker Faire provides plenty of inspiration for library programming.
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Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky's analysis of the disruption of the newspaper business by the internet has important implications for libraries and colleges.
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MeMeTales will make a mobile reader out of your kid | VentureBeat

MeMeTales will make a mobile reader out of your kid | VentureBeat | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
MeMeTales wants to make reading "the funnest thing ever." Yep, the funnest. The mobile application launched its publishing product today, with the intent of roping kids into a love of reading.
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Major Publishers Join Indiana U. Project That Requires Students to Buy E-Textbooks

Today McGraw-Hill Higher Education announced that it has agreed to join the project, which has been in a pilot stage for more than a year. A handful of other publishers—John Wiley & Sons; Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishing Group; W.W. Norton; and Flat World Knowledge—have signed on to the effort as well.

Here’s how it works: Students in a select group of courses are required to pay a materials fee, which gets them access to the assigned electronic textbooks or other readings for the course. The university essentially becomes the broker of the textbook sales, and because it is buying in bulk and guaranteeing a high volume, officials say they can score better prices than can the campus bookstore or other retailers.
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Google Announces Sweeping Accessibility Improvements for Visually Challenged Users

Google Announces Sweeping Accessibility Improvements for Visually Challenged Users | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
The enhancements include new keyboard shortcuts and enhanced screen reader support. Google says it has "worked closely with advocacy organizations for the blind to improve our products with more accessibility enhancements" over the past few months, and that more changes are on the way. "We believe that people who depend on assistive technologies deserve as rich and as productive an experience on the web as sighted users," says T.V. Raman, Google's technical lead on accessibility, "and we're working to help that become a reality."
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Wikipedia to Add Research Mega-Tool for Hot News Article Editors

The idea of pared-down old Wikipedia getting some custom-built and self-aware news power tools from Ushahidi - and of Ushahidi getting to learn from observing the thriving community of news editors in Wikipedia - is really exciting. If they can get User Experience taken care of well (something both organizations have struggled with) then I think the combined efforts of the two organizations could make them both all the more powerful sources of international real-time news. CNN just might eat their dust.
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3 Commandments for the Next Online Content Leaders

3 Commandments for the Next Online Content Leaders | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
Yes, humans still have a role alongside technology. The future of curation is one part experts, one part crowds and one part algorithms.
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Maps of Citations Uncover New Fields of Scholarship - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Maps of Citations Uncover New Fields of Scholarship - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
Imagine a Google Maps of scholarship, a set of tools sophisticated enough to help researchers locate hot research, spot hidden connections to other fields, and even identify new disciplines as they emerge in the sprawling terrain of scholarly communication. Creating new ways to identify and analyze patterns in millions of journal citations, a team led by two biologists, Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West, and a physicist, Martin Rosvall, has set out to build just such a guidance system.
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Reading Rainbow: The Next Generation

Reading Rainbow: The Next Generation | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
LeVar Burton, a children's literacy advocate and a former star of Star Trek: The Next Generation, plans to make an ambitious comeback, giving the once-loved Reading Rainbow brand a 21st-century upgrade. Burton’s for-profit venture, RRKidz, plans to launch an educational iPad app that lets children explore topics of interest--such as, say space--in a multimedia-rich environment, with voice-over-enhanced children's books, familiar videos of Burton at real-life places (like NASA), and, of course, games.
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CTRL + C Your Way to Instant Search Queries & Social Sharing

CTRL + C Your Way to Instant Search Queries & Social Sharing | libraries and technology in education | Scoop.it
Click.to turns copy, pasting and sharing or searching into a single action foe users of Windows-based machines.
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