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Journalism: Hard To Pick A Fight With "Bright" (But Someone Will Anyway)

There's a pretty new education site launched today, called Bright, the creation of the folks at Medium (a newish platform created by some Twitter alumni) plus the Gates Foundation and the New Venture Fund. It's being edited by Sarika Bansal, who has also worked on the Gates-funded Solutions Journalism network. Show More Summary

Charts: Education Is A Dominant Job Category Especially In The Northeast

"As the data and chart show, the Northeast is most-dominated by the education and health services industry, which accounts for more than 20 percent of all non-farm jobs in Rhode Island (the leader, at 22 percent), Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont." (Washington Post: The distribution of jobs in every state, in 2 charts)

Uncanny sleeping epidemic in Kazakhstan

Dozens of people are sleeping, according to the Siberian Times. More than 100 people in the remote village of Kalachi – which has been given the nickname Sleepy Hollow – have been afflicted by the unexplained disorder, which has lef...

From The Hobbit to Game of Thrones: does conlang have a place in modern language?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PTInvented languages have been used for hundreds of years, perhaps most famously in books and TV shows such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Conlang (a shortened form of constructed language) entered both Oxford Dictionaries and the OED last year. Show More Summary

Expanded Hours Approved for San José Public Library

All 23 San José Public Library (SJPL), CA, branches will stay open an additional two days per week starting July 1 under a city budget plan stewarded by Mayor Sam Liccardo, whose political support is helping to fast-track a long-awaited realization of the library system’s top priority.

People: Simon Leaving Politico Education Team (Plus Other Job Openings)

In case you didn't see it on Twitter yesterday, Politico's senior education writer Stephanie Simon (pictured via Twitter) is leaving the team and heading to a non-education gig at the Boston Globe. Simon came to Politico via Reuters and the WSJ. Show More Summary

Why I’m a TEFLer who doesn’t worry about money

Given the crappy pay and job prospects, a lot of TEFLer understandably have money worries. Not me! And unlike most TEFLers who don’t worry about money, it’s not because I haven’t thought about the future. The way I see it, … Continue reading ?

Postdocs for Jocks

Who’s got two thumbs, speaks German, and has the answers to both the faculty labor crisis and the metastasizing sports scandals in the fraught world of American higher education? Dieses ich, that’s who. In light of the latest athletics...Show More Summary

Families are spending big bucks on ‘promposals’ (extravagant prom invitations), survey says

One way to ask someone to a prom is to walk up to ask. Financial cost: nothing. But today we have “promposals” — the name for extravagant invitations to proms that are becoming increasingly popular in some schools around the country; a new survey says they are costing an average of $324 for 2015. The […]

Go deep

Bob Lenz said: Teachers have long struggled with the tension between breadth and depth. It’s a hard choice, hard enough that we are tempted to avoid it, dismiss it as a false choice, or contend that it is a dilemma we can dissolve through tinkering. Maybe we don’t have to choose between covering a lot [...]

People: Carmen (Fariña) Confesses

"Looking back on a frenetic first year, Fariña talks about recentralizing control under regional superintendents, addressing parents’ concerns about overtesting, encouraging more sharing of ideas among teachers and schools, and avoiding...Show More Summary

UMass Amherst Library Opens 3D Printing Innovation Center

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst on March 26 hosted the grand opening of its new MakerBot Innovation Center. Part of the library's Digital Media Lab, the Innovation Center features 50 3D printers,...Show More Summary

Thompson: Looking Back At Russo's Critique of Common Core Coverage

Its been two weeks since Alexander Russo's Common Problems with Common Core Reporting, in the Columbia Journalism Review, criticized the education reporting of some of journalism's greatest institutions. Russo argues that Common Core...Show More Summary

MyTEFL.net courses – all the usual signs of dodginess

If you want to know how dodgy a TEFL course is, all you usually need to do is look at the accreditation page and look for these typical signs: – Mention of membership of IATEFL (which is available to literally … Continue reading...

Transformed by the People | 2015 LibraryAware Community Award

In 2010, two young fathers, Forrest Register and Vince Edge, decided that a direct appeal to local government from citizens of the city of Dothan and its surrounding Houston County, AL, could help transform their community into one in which their children would grow up educated and happy and perhaps even want to stay as adults. Show More Summary

Seize the Moment: Lessons from Belgrade on expanding influence | Editorial

I knew I had met a creative force when I called Gale Bacon to let her know that the Belgrade Community Library, MT, had been named LJ’s 2015 Best Small Library in America, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was enthusiastic but cool-headed on the phone, immediately cooking away on ideas for how to leverage the award. Show More Summary

Hit ’Em Where It Hurts

Changes are afoot among us part-time adjuncts who shoulder a hefty majority of college instruction in the United States. We have, for now, the attention of Congress. We’ve got our own snappy hashtags! And we’re methodically organizing ourselves into unions, in my town and yours. Show More Summary

‘Dear colleges, you are doing this wrong’

It’s time.  Millions of high school students are learning which colleges have admitted — and rejected — them. Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, has a problem with what is about to happen. He explains it in this post, which first appeared on […]

MyNotes: Technology Coach to Support Tech Integration

Keep up to date on #EdTechCoach topics with the Flipboard eZine: Read it on your mobile device or via the Web Authors: William Sugar, Patricia J. Slagter van Tryon Source: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11528-014-0752-7Show More Summary

Instagram at the Library

Awhile back, I mentioned that my library has an Instagram account, and talked about managing multiple Instagram accounts. Here’s what we’re actually doing with our Instagram account. I’d love to hear your library’s plans and goal for your own Instagram accounts – so please share them! For starters, we’re using Instagram because people in Topeka […]

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