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Connecting the Education Community with Research on Learning

The Digital Promise Map connects education leaders and product developers with research from thousands of articles in education and the learning sciences, in addition to summaries on some of the most relevant findings in key research topics. Digital Promise is an Educator Innovator partner. "Although thousands of academic articles are published every year, busy education leaders and product developers often don’t know where to start, or don’t have time to sift through and find studies that are relevant to their work. As pressure mounts for 'evidence-based' practices and 'research-based' products, many in the education community are frustrated, and want an easier way to find information that will help them deliver stronger programs and products—and results." By Digital Promise Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at Digital Promise.

Images from a National Writing Project event Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Philadelphia Free Library in Philadelphia, PA. Photo by JASON E. MICZEK - www.miczekphoto.com

18 New York Times Articles You Should Read Before You Turn 18

Four members on the spring Student Council for our partner The New York Times Learning Network curated a list of the best 18 articles on education, happiness, and social awareness that provide advice to youth entering adulthood. "We chose these 18 articles from The Times by first individually sifting through the paper and its archives and picking pieces that resonated. Then we shared our finds in a Google doc and noticed that we had all chosen things that could be categorized in one of three ways: Education, Happiness or Social Awareness." By Jamie Gleklen, Jonathan Looi, Alex Schwartz, and Cooper Veit Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at The Learning Network.

Images from a National Writing Project event Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Philadelphia Free Library in Philadelphia, PA. Photo by JASON E. MICZEK - www.miczekphoto.com

Elevating School Librarians As Curriculum Creators and Collaborators

As the use of digital content in education connects to improved teaching and learning, our partner OER Commons aims to elevate the potential of the school librarian, especially in relation to open educational resources (OER). "Together, the school librarians and STEM teachers in the training program are seeking to enhance their skills in using open educational resources. They are being introduced to OER as an essential vehicle for adapting and personalizing content for the needs of their own classrooms, to go beyond the textbook and to meet rigorous learning standards that foster student-led inquiry across the STEM disciplines. The program aims to create new pathways and practices for STEM teachers to collaborate with librarians across subject areas by creating and adapting curriculum that engages their students in text-based inquiry, close reading, and deeper learning skills, including critical thinking and collaboration." By Anne Evans Godwin Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.

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David Axelrod On Why America Seems Divided

Many believe that media literacy is an essential component to education, and our partner The LAMP explains how it could lead to a less divided country. "Mr. Axelrod’s statement is exactly why I started The LAMP, which brings basic media literacy training and tools to communities nationwide, but I would add that the problem has to do with more than the media. Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt may not have had to deal with Twitter rants and obnoxious GIFs, but they faced hostile media environments, and ultimately had to trust that Americans were intelligent, inquisitive people who could think for themselves. Perhaps the bigger problem now is media literacy. I don’t mean to suggest that there ever was a golden age when everyone understood how, why, for whom and by whom media are made, or when everyone had the needed tools and skills to produce and distribute their own messages. But there seems to be a gradually willing contract between the American media and the American people to deceive and be deceived, to allow our fears, egos and bank accounts to govern discourse at the expense of rational thought, or even an acknowledgment of our own subjectivity." By D.C. Vito...
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