Topic: Archives AnnoTate is Tate and Zooniverse’s newly launched online transcription tool, and the public is invited to use it to help decipher the writing found in over 17,000 artists’ letters, diaries and sketchbooks. From Archives & Access Project: AnnoTate – crowdsourcing to transcribe the Archives | Tate
An international group of experts has published the 2015 edition of the NMC Horizon Report on key trends, challenges, and developments in technology that will have a significant impact on academic and research libraries across the globe:...Show More Summary
Topic: Public Libraries “That is is a sign of great optimism for the future of not just libraries but for the future of curious communities, which is really what libraries are designed to serve.” From The public library in an Internet age: a series from Michigan Radio | Michigan Radio
Topic: Google Building a Google-quality search engine is an extremely challenging task and requires years of investment in people and resources. Bing, as a project, has been a huge undertaking for Microsoft, but it still lags Google in terms of quality and market share. From Why Google is better than Bing and it’s likely to continue that way — Medium
Topic: Books And the bigger problem is we’re sometimes wrong. Our distaste for the trappings of publication puts us off from something great. We can tut-tut the marketing departments for this, but we have to shoulder some of the blame ourselves, especially when we allow our attitudes to harden into beliefs. Show More Summary
Here is a new post from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “How schools ruined […]
A small but growing number of computer games are taking death more seriously. Gabby DaRienzo explores this trend across platforms and genres. The article touches on permadeath, then goes on to describe games where the afterlife grounds play mechanics, or...
Sociologists and researchers believe that we may be moving toward a society where 30-50% of the workforce is no longer traditionally employed, which will have a profound impact on the future of public libraries.
Cedar Rapids Public Library has created a new experience for its patrons. They commissioned local artists and writers to use their windows as writing spaces for stories.
With book vlogging becoming a more popular form of readers advisory, many librarians are creating their own web blogs to share their latest book recommendations. The following is a sampling of what is out there as well as tips to get you started with your own Youtube channel. The Library Lovers Tag is a video […]
There are real perils to prioritizing local control over ensuring that all schools and districts are actually educating all children. Look no further than Pinellas County, Florida, where a recent story detailed the systematic neglect and denial of opportunity to poor students of color by the local board of education. Show More Summary
The anonymous blogger behind Rocky Top Politics in Tennessee thinks he has solved the “mystery of P.O. Box 1292,” which is the only known location of National Research Services, LLC. You may recall that nebulous firm materialized in 2014 for the sole purpose of receiving, then spending, PAC money from the Alabama Education Association. Rocky Top’s theory […]
When I first read the Education Research Alliance (ERA) report on the effectiveness of the competition-driven New Orleans model of reform, it was clear that true believers in "relinquishment" and market-driven reform would be disappointed by its findings. Show More Summary
The deluge of New Orleans coverage may be peaking, but there's another deluge to come in the form of publicity surrounding Jonathan Franz.. Dale Russakoff's new book about Newark, The Prize. To help get yourself ready (or perhaps asShow More Summary
In a conversation I had recently, specifically about a community focused on research, I used the term ‘community of improvement’, and was asked how that was different than a community of practice. It caused me to think through what the differences might be. (BTW, the idea was sparked by conversations with Lucian Tarnowski from BraveNew.) […]
Many public school teachers today are evaluated in part by something called a “growth score” — a number obtained through a complicated (and often nonsensical) formula that purports to show how much a teacher has contributed to the “growth” in their students’ academic performance as measured through a narrow (and often nonsensical) standardized test score. […]
Curious about the controversy over the closing of Dyett HS in Chicago (and the hunger strike against its demise)? Not sure just how controversial it can be to phase out even a low-performing, declining-enrolllment school? Watch the above WTTW Chicago Public Television segment (transcript here). Show More Summary
Elitescreens (www.elitescreens.com) announced that new business training and classroom formats of whiteboard projection screens are now available in a 5’ x 10’ and a 5’ x 8’ version with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
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Apps of the day From techlearning.com Inventioneers Provides lots of tools and challenges kids to design, test, and redesign in a fun, playful setting. iTooch 6th Grade Language Arts This great compa..