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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ? Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

A letter of support

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It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In other areas, library programs are being cut because some tight budgets favor more pressing priorities. As this year’s School Library Month draws to an end, I thought it might help similar efforts if I shared this recent letter. Through their websites and guides, school libraries organize the information worlds of their schools. Library is not merely a place to get stuff.

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The Cost Trap, Part 3

Iterating Toward Openness

In my recent post I asked us each to consider what “what is the real goal of our OER advocacy?” Ismael tweeted: My own take: these are two complementary approaches to #OER that should enrich each other, not exclude (or even blame) each other. As someone concerned with equality, I like #OER as a way to make teaching cheaper. As an educator, I like #OER as a tool for transforming learning. I settled on OER-enabled pedagogy.

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Newsletter: Privacy Con, OZeLive, GlobalEd.TV, Homeschooling, Making Chromebooks, Student Inquiry, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The current schedule is in a blog post from me. Patrick Farenga is a leading and unique authority on homeschooling, bringing more than 30 years of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience (he and his wife homeschooled their three daughters) to help parents and children learn in their own ways. Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via the Education Law Center : “Several New Jersey civil rights and parent advocacy organizations have filed a legal challenge to new high school graduation regulations recently adopted by the State Board of Education. Via the Udacity blog : “Introducing the Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree program.” ” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy. And like so many products on this list, 3D printing was hailed as a revolution in education, and schools were encouraged to reorient libraries and shop classes towards “maker spaces” which would give students opportunities to print their plastic designs. Siegler: “ The End of the Library.”