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7 years ago
Hey y'all. In apparent EdLab fashion, here's my recap of the summer that was. I had the benefit of coming in a week before Rebecca and Rebekah and spent that first week getting acquainted with the ins and outs of EdLab. By the time they got here I was already a veteran. When my fellow Future of Library Interns came the fun really began. Like the previous posts, we started out by working on drumming up interest in Vialogues in the wake of it's award from AASL. Here's the video I created on Vialogues which will hopefully used for library instruction:
7 years ago
Some recent news coming from the world of coding education: Firstly, Khan Academy has recently rolled out interactive coding courses, which might serve to put to rest criticism from constructivists regarding the efficacy of Khan courses. The courses are styled so users can code along with tutorials in the browser and see the output in a separate pane in realtime. Check out this e...
Millstone, Jessica. National Survey and Video Case Studies: Teacher Attitudes about Digital Games in the Classroom. Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. 2012 May 2. Full disclosure: I'm on the fence re: gamification. I think games primarily serve as a means of escape, and introducing real life applications based on gameplay seems counteractive. As such, I was particularly interested in the results of the author's research. This study polled over 500 teachers who used video games in a classroom setting in order to get a ...
7 years ago
Dear Everyone, As of today, I will have my M.S. in Library and Information Science. With this great honor bestowed upon me, I am no longer a future librarian of the future, but rather, a bonafide librarian of the present & future. Enemies of libraries and knowledge everywhere, beware!
7 years ago
Did you know if Massachusetts was a country it's 8th graders would rank 3rd globally in math and science aptitude? Minnesota (shoutout to Laura, Bob Dylan, and Prince) also ranks pretty high up there. Unfortunately, these two shining examples get lumped in with the rest of our middling United States, which ranks 23rd and 31st, respectively, in science and math. So what is Minnechusetts doing differently? As a recent article in Scientific America puts it: they each ...
7 years ago
Via McSweeney's Useful New Internet Messages. Reminded me of Janice's post about creative ideas for error messages.
Hoxby, Caroline and Leigh, Andrew. 2004. Pulled Out or Pushed Away? Explaing the Decline of Teacher Aptitude in the United States. American Economic Review, 94(2): 236—240. Nothing grabs a reader like a controversial headline. The "two main hypotheses for the decline" of teacher quality since the 1960's are, as stated by Hoxby and Leigh, more job opportunities for women as a result of the feminist movement, and...
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Hanushek, E. A. (2011). The Economic Value of Higher Teacher QualityEconomics of Education Review, 30(3), 466-479. There has been a lot of talk about the qualitative value of a good teacher, but what about assigning a hard number to the value of one? There will always be debate about the methodologies used in studies that measure teacher effectiveness, but Eric Hanushek attempts to quantify the value of teachers in America by projecting the economic value of their...
7 years ago
As this blog will testify, there has been an uptick in chatter about the internet taking a bite out of higher ed. Jordan Weissmann wrote a piece last week for the Atlantic entitled Why the Internet Isn't Going to End College as we Know It. The author's main thrust is that nobody has figured out how to build a cheap, high-quality online university. Not even close. But while enrollment in for-profit colleges has kept on going up in the past decad...
Zickuhr, K., Rainie, L., Purcell, K., Madden, M., and Brenner, J. (2012). Libraries, patrons, and e-books. Pew Internet and American Life Project. As a part of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, a report on the current state of libraries & e-books was commissioned that gives us a sense of the direction libraries are headed. Quantitative data was col...