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Archives & Access Project: AnnoTate - crowdsourcing to transcribe the Archives

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

NMC Horizon Report - 2015 Library Edition

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

The public library in an Internet age: a series from Michigan Radio

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

Why Google is better than Bing and it’s likely to continue that way

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

On the Pleasures of Not Reading

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

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues

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 […]

Games of death

21 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

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...

Public Libraries in a Jobless Society

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.

Unique Art Creates Unique Experience at Library

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.

Quotes: Blame Pinellas County On Local Control?

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 […]

Thompson: Fact Checking the New Orleans Reformers' Spin

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

Books: A Week Until "The Prize"

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

Community of improvement?

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.) […]

Superintendent to teachers: ‘I do not care what your growth score is’

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. […]

Morning Video: The Fight To Reboot A Chicago High School

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

What’s New

Elitescreens ( 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.

Apps of the day From

Apps of the day From 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..

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