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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: The Beatles

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame provides a timeline, photos, biographical data.

Happy Birthday, Blog - 10 years!

It is hard for me to believe that it has been ten years since I started this blog. But, yesterday, marked the 10th anniversary of the blog. I have published 584 posts - there are some still in draft mode which may, or may not see the light of day.I am in my third job, and state, since starting. Show More Summary

Statistics Canada Article on Shelters for Abused Women

The Statistics Canada publication Juristat yesterday published an article on Shelters for abused women in Canada, 2014.On April 16, 2014, the national statistical agency took a "snapshot" of the 627 shelters for abused women operating across Canada.On that day, there were 7,969 women and children residing in these facilities. Show More Summary

A longer school day or invest in libraries?

Sent to Education Week, July 7, 2015Bolgen Vargas & Sandra A. Parker ("Lessons From a Longer School Day (and Year)," July 7) argue that a longer school day will better prepare students for high tech jobs and prevent summer loss. Summer loss is mostly concentrated in students living in poverty. Show More Summary

OITP Hacks the Culture of Learning in the Library | ALA Annual 2015

While the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is largely concerned with policy on the legislative level, an OITP-sponsored program at ALA’s 2015 annual conference, Hacking the Culture of...Show More Summary

Texas Is Debuting Textbooks That Downplay Jim Crow and Frame Slavery as a Side Issue in the Civil War

I grew up in Texas; I love the state deeply. But I am not raising my children there, in part because I want them to get a solid public education undistorted by the partisan fictions that are inundating Texas’ textbooks. The embarrassments...Show More Summary

July Early Reviewers batch is live!

The July 2015 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 101 books this month, and a grand total of 3,005 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk! If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please […]

Two nice new activities for mixed future tenses

Along with the fact the authors have done boring stuff like workbooks so I don’t have to, what I most like about teaching with textbooks is the challenge of trying to come up with activities to tie together with whatever … Continue reading ?

Thompson: Remembering The Full Horror of "Death at an Early Age"

Thanks to Alexander and NPR's Claudio Sanchez for reminding us of the 50th anniversary of the firing of Jonathan Kozol for "curriculum deviation." Everyone should (re)read this book. Rather than immediately using it to discuss the ways...Show More Summary

Starting an Adult Literacy Program

In the end, our Literacy Program has had a positive impact on everyone who has taken part in it. One of our learners finished her college degree, another has gone back to college, and another learner now reads books for pleasure. Many of our learners have become frequent library customers. Show More Summary

Gender Equity and Schools – One Easy Change

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I have watched many… many… hours of the recently concluded Women’s World Cup. The soccer was just brilliant, and of course, seeing the US win their third World Cup was just awesome. … Continue reading ?

Carson City Library to Offer Manufacturing Certification

In a first for public libraries in the United States, the Carson City Library in Carson City, Nevada, has created a training environment that adheres to the guidelines of the Manufacturing Skills Institute. The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) is based in Richmond, Virginia, and is an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association.

Tea partiers and liberals tell Gov. Scott Walker: ‘No more games on Common Core’

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who is expected soon to announce his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has been inconsistent at best on the Common Core State Standards, being for it before being against it. Now he is being called out on his Core position by an unusual coalition of groups and individuals […]

Quotes: What It's Like Being A 12 Year-Old Child Of Color In NYC

We've been through so much. Slavery. And once slavery ended, segregation. And once segregation ended, we’re still going through this today. What was all the hard work for? Why do we have to go through this again? -- NYC student interviewed in WNYC's latest story Being 12: Debating Race and Police

Why City Libraries Are Lending WiFi Hotspots to Low-Income Residents

Topic: Internet These lending programs perform a critical role: in addition to providing basic broadband access to low-income residents, they allow patrons to access free e-books and other digital library resources, and they enable users...Show More Summary

Pearl Thompson gets library card 73 years after she was denied a book

Topic: Public Libraries More than seven decades ago, Pearl Thompson wanted to check out a book from a North Carolina library. But she was told no, because she is black. A county library official changed that Thursday, years after the 1942 incident during the days of racial segregation. From Pearl Thompson gets library card 73 years after she was denied a book -

Birkbeck awarded $741,000 grant for new humanities open-access model of publishing

Topic: Academic Libraries Birkbeck, University of London has been awarded a three-year grant of $741,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to cement and expand a new model for open-access publishing in the humanities disciplines. The Open Library of Humanities platform, directed by Dr. Show More Summary

Social Media Best Practices

Ever wish a social media company like Facebook or Twitter would tell you the best way to post on their site? Well – you’re in luck! Most social media companies want to embrace the business user (that’s you), and have some sort of best practices that they share. Here’s a listing of current Best Practices […]

2015 top 10 tools for learning

13 hours agoEducation / Learning : Learnlets

Jane Hart has been widely and wisely known for her top 100 Tools for Learning (you too can register your vote).  As a public service announcement, I list my top 10 tools for learning as well: Google search: I regularly look up things I hear of and don’t know.  It often leads me to Wikipedia […]

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