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My Big Data Infographic

I’ve been working on a long-ish article about big data for my newsletter, Digital Education. To give you a hint of some of my misgivings, here is a diagram I prepared to illustrate some of my points. OK, so I'm sceptical about the value of big data. You may think that it’s not really an infographic, because it doesn’t contain any information. Show More Summary

Another Lesson on Union Officer Pay

An article by Jason Hart appeared on the Fox News web site today headlined “Teachers union boss loses 40,000 members, gets a raise.” It begins: National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel received a huge pay raise this year while the teachers union lost more than 40,000 members. Van Roekel, who retired this summer, was […]

Why can’t assessment be like feedback in eBay?

Can eBay teach us anything about assessment? At the Naace 2009 conference, John Davitt made an interesting point. As I recall, he said that when he started selling stuff on eBay he received more feedback on his performance than he’dShow More Summary

Federal Plans to Suck Remaing Air from Teacher Education Classrooms

Last summer corporate lackey, Arne Duncan, acknowledged that "testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools." In order to make his statement truer still, Gates and the USDOE just announced a 60 day comment period on a plan to use K-12 student test scores to grade teacher preparation programs. Show More Summary

Medicaid Coverage: Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism

Melanie Feazell works with Declan Byrne during an ABA session. Federal officials say states must provide treatment services like ABA for kids with autism on Medicaid. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/MCT)   “Medicaid programs nationwide...Show More Summary

I'm Thankful

I’m thankful for having the best job there is. Despite all the noise and nonsense that swirls around it, I love the kids I teach. I love the idea that I’m helping them with something so vital, no necessary, and so indispensable. I’mShow More Summary

Writing Fix: Taking the Un out of Unwritten

The Northern Nevada Writing Project offers dozens of lesson plans and activities to help teach writing.

The Library is Not for Studying

Annoyed Librarian -- Over the years there have been lots of calls to make libraries into something other than libraries. That’s especially true of public libraries, but even librarians in academic libraries sometimes want to change things...Show More Summary

Ferguson library sees donations roll in

Ferguson is in turmoil, but one community safe haven is getting a lot of attention. http://www.wcyb.com/news/money/ferguson-library-sees-donations-roll-in/29926598

Retired school librarian catalogues Ontario's historical plaques

The federal and provincial governments install lots of plaques; plaques about inventors, plaques about canoe routes, even historical plaques about historians. You’ve surely seen a plaque or a hundred in your day, but what you may not...Show More Summary

A Complete Breakdown in Support Systems in Sandy Hook Tragedy

The Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate has just released the results of its exhaustive study of the December 2012 horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 children and six educators murdered along with the shooter and...

Schools Must Ensure that Web-based Content is Accessible

The issue of accessibility of web-based content is fairly new, given that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 pre-date the internet boom and the growth of innumerable emerging technologies that...

Auditor General Report on Library and Archives Canada

Federal Auditor General Michael Ferguson released his Fall 2014 report Tuesday which includes a critical audit of activities at Library and Archives Canada.Among the findings: Library and Archives Canada is not acquiring all the archival records it should from federal institutions. Show More Summary

A damning account of one state’s Common Core testing initiative

In September, the school board of Evanston Township in Illinois held a meeting at which there was a disturbing discussion about the PARCC exam, the new Common Core test that will be administered to students for the first time this year there and in about a dozen states as well as the District of Columbia. Peter […]

Giving Thanks: 6 Key Moments That Changed My Post-Grad School Career

That's me, feeling grateful at a Javits Center event earlier this year. So many people have been helpful and supportive of my career over the long haul, but there have been a few pivotal moments where people seemed like they changedShow More Summary

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