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Canadian Forum on Civil Justice June 2015 Access to Justice Newsletter

The non-profit Canadian Forum on Access to Justice (CFCJ) has been publishing a monthly newsletter about Access to Justice since early 2013. The latest issue of the newsletter includes: a report on the research project Paralegals, the...Show More Summary

Embed a Google Folder in Populr.me

We’ve had a few people who became big fans of populr.me. They’re also using Google Docs/Drive and since I like things to blend... here’s how you embed a Google Drive folder into populr.me. The example is here if you want to check it out. Getting That iFrame Stuff I started to write… Read More

Librarians @ the Beach

Topic: Book Mobiles Librarians Libraries Public Libraries VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) Now this was a cool job, being part of a brand new program from Virginia Beach Public Library, initiated by librarian Kellye Carter, called Books at the Beach. On this day another librarian with 33 years experience was helping us out, Denise Barnhart. Show More Summary

Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s an assortment of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments!

7 reasons that the FAIL acronym fails

It is fashionable these days to avoid the ‘F’ word – by which, of course, I mean “Fail”. This is not confined to the area of teaching Computing, but enough people in this field have written about it to nudge me into writing my thoughts on the matter. Show More Summary

#TBT: A Bold Experiment To Fix Our Schools [Vouchers, 1999]

Check out this 1999 Matt Miller story about vouchers: A Bold Experiment to Fix City Schools. The idea may be dead in name, but another version called ESAs just got approved in Nevada and is allowed in four other states.

Best Blogs: Lots Of Familiar Names -- Plus One Totally New One

Belated thanks to the folks at Magoosh for including me in their 5 Education Blogs We Love: "Russo does an excellent job of scouring education news all over the world-wide web and bringing it together in one place. We like it because it’s packed with information and updated constantly. Show More Summary

Does the Copyright Office Belong in a Library? | Peer to Peer Review

It has been a busy time for those of us who watch the doings of the Copyright Office. In addition to releasing a massive report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, about which I have written here, the Copyright Office (CO) is the subject of a piece of legislation introduced as a discussion draft on June 3. Show More Summary

Movers Movies | ALA Annual 2015

The 2015 cohort of LJ's Movers & Shakers celebrated with some of their compatriots from previous year's during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference at a gala luncheon at Perry’s on the Embarcadero. For those who couldn't...Show More Summary

AM News: Bush Fdn. Donor Lists, Clinton Email Traffic, Plus Idaho Test Results

Jeb Bush's education foundation releases donor list a day after his tax returns Washington Post: The new donation records show that a large number of contributions came from for-profit education companies and that at least three donors also paid Bush for speeches. Show More Summary

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It’s Off to Orlando I Go

The 2015 National Education Representative Assembly convenes tomorrow morning at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. I’ll post my first report tomorrow afternoon or evening. Fortunately for NEA, many state delegations have attendance incentives involving reimbursement of travel expenses. Otherwise it might be very lonely in that hall.

Your Advocacy Game Plan – Week 1

Plan and Prepare As a parent, you negotiate with the school for services. To be a successful negotiator, you must understand the system and how it works. Many parents don’t realize that school systems are bureaucracies. Parents often don’t know how important decisions are made – or by whom. Improve Your Advocacy Skills If you […]

Is ‘Sesame Street’ really as good as preschool? Let’s ask a Nobel Prize winner.

Can kids really learn as much from “Sesame Street” as from preschool? Recently, a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research titled “Early Childhood Education by MOOC: Lessons From Sesame Street,” prompted media stories, including one in The Washington Post, saying that “Sesame Street” can be as effective as preschool in lifting […]

The Hypocrisy of Admin Demanding Constant Assessment

There's a new thing in town. Apparently, though test scores are to count up to 50% of your rating, you aren't supposed to use them too much when rating your students. You need to constantly keep your eye on them, and constantly ask them whether they understand or not. Show More Summary

Why July 2 is really America’s independence day

Everybody (presumably) knows that July 4th is America’s Independence Day. But John Adams, who had a lot to do with the American colonies’ break from Great Britain, had other ideas. He thought July 2nd was the date that would be celebrated “as the great anniversary festival.” Why? Here’s a post I published three years ago, […]

Review of the iBill talking banknote identifier

I previously posted the news announcing the introduction of the iBill electronic banknote identifier, and now, I offer my review of this latest piece of assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired.I’ll admit that when IShow More Summary

Amazon working on Kindle accessible for blind and visually impaired

Well, its finally happening.Amazon is working to make anaccessible Kindle book reader for blind users. Its not happening overnight, but is projected to be out by summer 2010.This is indeed good news. Those of us in the blind community...Show More Summary

Mom Not Otherwise Specified, a blog worth your time

I've been meaning to write this for a couple of weeks, but a painful oral surgery whose effects lasted through the Thanksgiving weekend had me slowed down. Sorry about the delay in getting this here.A couple of weeks ago, I was reading my tweets and was told about a very worthwhile blog post. Show More Summary

Why I've not been blogging as much: hint-- "tweet, tweet"

I've not blogged as much lately as I'd like to and have noticed a downward trend in the number of posts among blogs I follow. I also follow many of the same bloggers on Twitter, where I notice many of these folks actively tweeting. Yesterday, there was a tweet asking where all the assistive technology bloggers have gone. Show More Summary

New iBill electronic banknote identifier hits the mark on many fronts

One of the first questions I had after realizing that I was blind was, "How will I be able to tell my dollar bills apart?" I soon learned about electronic bill identifiers, but they seemed large and cumbersome, not to mention still rather expensive. Show More Summary

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