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AM News: Wisconsin Gov. Walker Backs Off Call For Common Core Repeal

Walker says he wants schools to have Common Core choice AP: Gov. Scott Walker is backing off his call for the Legislature to repeal Common Core academic standards, saying he simply wants to insure there is no mandate they be used. Cuomo:...Show More Summary

How Do I “Fight” for My Son’s Needs?

My 10-year-old has just been diagnosed as ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and Tourette’s Disorder. His doctor has recommended a parapro. Should we get an IEP or 504? I need to know how to proceed if I need to “fight” for this for my son. Advocacy Advice from the Community Helpline - From David… If you haven’t […]

Revive NYSUT--Do As We Say, Not As We Do

It’s certainly interesting to read about how Cuomo wants to deunionize a thousand workers who supported Zephyr Teachout. NYSUT, of course, is outraged. After all, we didn’t support Teachout and he wants to screw us anyway. But that’s not really what they express outrage about. Show More Summary

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Flight Adventure’s Flight School

This online game lets you control the flight of the FPG-9 by moving the elevons and rudder.

The Aztecs had a death whistle

Apparently the Aztecs, that classically Gothic people, had a unique musical instrument for war. It was called the death whistle, appropriately. Listen: (thanks to Randy McCall)

Roundup of Nominations for 2014 Canadian Law Blog Awards

This is a follow-up to the Library Boy post of December 3, 2014 entitled Nominations Open for 2014 Canadian Law Blog Awards.The Vancouver Law Librarian Blog has posted a roundup of nominees for this year's Canadian Law Blog Awards, also...Show More Summary

CTOs Role: 5 Tips +1 to Grow On--If You Survive #sony #hacked CTO

At the risk of incurring the ire of the hackers and vandals who took down Sony, allegedly over Rogen and Franco's The Interview, I want to say plainly--my family and I want to see this movie and I'm willing to stand in line at the movie theater to pay for it, +Regal Cinemas and +Santikos Theatres. Show More Summary

Power of Reflection and Tech: 3 Questions @drvcourt @misti227

Source: Wikipedia David Vaillancourt shares this perspective in his blog, tech-know, article, Why are you doing it?Teaching becomes more focused and effective when we encourage students to be meta-cognitive and reflective about what they have achieved in relation to their intended goals. Show More Summary

Tech Incorporated: 5 Transformations for Classrooms @misti227 @rbyrne

As many of us know, technology has always involved a close relationship between educators and vendor partners. That relationship has evolved over time, from simple software apps and programs to complex learning management systems "connected" to our school's student information systems. Show More Summary

Journalism: New York Magazine Duped By Stuyvesant HS Student Scam

There are lots of ways for education reports to get fleeced by sources or to neglect to check things out thoroughly, but New York Magazine found a pretty obvious wayof embarassing itself when it posted a story about a NYC high school student who'd supposedly made millions trading before turning 18 (Mohammed Islam, Stock Trader). Show More Summary

Students deliver wish list to school board. There’s one item on it.

Some unusual speakers appeared at the final Pittsburgh school board meeting of the year — students, and they were asking for something. Arts education. In the following post,  Jessie B. Ramey,  a parent of two children in Pittsburgh public schools and a historian of working families, gender, race and U.S. social policy who teaches women’s […]

Students deliver wish list to school board. There’s one item on it.

Some unusual speakers appeared at the final Pittsburgh school board meeting of the year — students, and they were asking for something. Arts education. In the following post,  Jessie B. Ramey,  a parent of two children in Pittsburgh public schools and a historian of working families, gender, race and U.S. social policy who teaches women’s […]

It’s not ‘an’ historic pact with Cuba. It’s ‘a’ historic pact with Cuba.

If you listened to television and/or radio commentators talk today about President Obama’s agreement with Cuba to start normalizing diplomatic relations after more than 50 years, you are more than likely to have heard what I did: That his was “an” historic decision, or “an” historic pact or “an” historic” move. Well, it wasn’t. It […]

Take your life into your own hands, or "Unedited Footage of a Bear"

Adult Swim has been producing some very weird and interesting video of late. "Unedited Footage of a Bear" is a fine example. It starts off as what the title says - then becomes a drug ad, complete with supporting website....

Book review: Go on, bore ‘em: how to make ICT lessons excruciatingly dull

by Jacqui Wilson I received a very nice review from Jacqui Wilson, a classroom teacher in Tasmania. Is a book about what made ICT boring still relevant if the focus is on Computing? Well I think so, because the issues I highlighted with respect to ICT are in danger of arising again with respect to Computing. Show More Summary

Quotes: "Backwater" Issues Like Common Core Won't Sink Bush Chances

The back-burner nature of education issues is particularly true for Republican voters. In 2012, 84 percent of people who voted for Obama said education was "very" important to their vote. Just 52 percent of Romney voters said the same. -- Vox's Libby Nelson (Common Core won't sink Jeb Bush's presidential run)

How not to bomb the dreaded college application essay

This is the fifth post in a continuing series about a high school senior attemping to navigate through the college admissions process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, are […]

TeacherTown Cuts Teacher Pay by $10,000 and Erases Annual Increases: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

With every bad instrument in the corporate education toolbox being thrown into the creation of a new schooling Frankenstein for "educating" Memphis and Shelby County children, the introduction of test scores to determine teacher pay was inevitable. Show More Summary

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