Weekly Web Finds -- March 13, 2008
There’s no such thing as useless information to us Librarians, of course. But Useless Information is a fun site with info that will amaze and astound. Is it useless? We report; you decide. Subjects range from pickles to camels to band-aids. Naturally, you’ll want to check the information provided here to determine its accuracy. [URLs: http://home.nycap.rr.com/useless/]
Monday, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day. The Census Bureau released its Facts for Features on St. Patrick’s Day back in January. There are 9 places in the
Just in! The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel has just been released by the Department of Education. It looks at what is needed to improve mathematics education in the
The National Foundation for Educational Research in the
Nationalize the Schools…(A Little)! is a new report from the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. “In the effort to reform our education system, it is vital that one seeming paradox is understood: It is only by transcending traditional local control, and by getting serious about a new national role in standards and finance, that we can at last create genuine autonomy for local schools.?
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued Interconnections: The IMLS National Study on the Use of Libraries, Museums and the Internet. It arrived at five conclusions, including: “libraries and museums evoke consistent, extraordinary public trust among diverse adult users; and Internet use is positively related to in-person visits to museums and libraries.? The IMLS is a federal agency.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has compiled stories about its work in
[URLs: http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/report3132008.pdf, http://www.nfer.ac.uk/publications/pdfs/downloadable/RAQ.pdf, http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2008/03/pdf/nationalize_the_schools.pdf, http://interconnectionsreport.org/reports/ConclusionsFullRptB.pdf, http://www.aecf.org/~/media/PublicationFiles/Connection_Strategy.pdf]
The Wall Street Journal recently included a story, High schools add classes scripted by corporations. The purpose of this corporate involvement is to “create a pipeline of workers far into the future.?
Getting a jump start on testing is a story in the Washington Post about the use of television to prepare children in
11 states poised to pilot national test for seniors is a story from Education Week. [Note: remember that you can read up to two articles per week for free.] “For the first time, a select group of states is expected to take part in a 12th grade version of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in reading and mathematics, a move that could lay the foundation for even greater state participation at that grade level on the heavily scrutinized test.?
[URLs: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120476410964115117.html?mod=djemPJ, http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/12207.html, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030502046.html?hpid=sec-education, http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/03/11/27naep_web.html?levelId=2300&tmp=1473438559&]
Kidz Online is a free tool for teachers and students that includes “over 1,000 digital learning resources … custom created interactive streaming videos for technology training, financial literacy and geospatial skills.? There are separate channels for teaching technology fundamentals, career options, encouraging girls’ participation and competitions. The material is designed for middle and high school students. [URLs: http://www.kidzonline.org/TechTraining/]
Go to Bookseller.com and participate in the poll (on the right of the screen) for the Diagram Prize, the Oddest Title of the Year. Our favorite? How to Write a How to Write Book. [URLs: http://www.thebookseller.com/]
Did you know…that tomorrow, Friday, March 14 is Pi Day. That’s right. Now you, too, can celebrate pi. The Exploratorium site includes activities and even pi limericks. [URLs: http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/]