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Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Scout Report: Research and Education - November 20, 2015

Check out these highlights from The Internet Scout Project.


  November 20, 2015 -- Volume 21, Number 45

Resources Toolkit for New Teachers

Teaching is both an art and a science. The first several years, as new teachers begin to master their field, can be an overwhelming series of fits and starts, trial and error. This list of resources, compiled by the team at Edutopia, can be a helpful aid for both new educators and more experienced teachers looking for assistance with classroom management, working with parents, lesson planning, and more. Here readers will find resources in seven categories, including Designing the Learning Environment, Lesson and Curriculum Planning, and A Primer on Assessment. Each category boasts at least 15 resources, and some include more than 40. 

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Teacher Resources

These excellent teacher resources from the Philadelphia Museum of Art can provide hours of instructional guidance across a range of subjects. For instance, 100-Patch Geometric Quilts, one of the dozens of resources on the site, fulfills Common Core standards in three separate math content categories for grades two through four, while What Do Primary Sources Tell Us About Lifestyles? encourages the use of primary sources in social studies education. Each lesson plan includes sections providing background on the subject and outlining the lesson process, assessment suggestions, and ideas for enrichment. Teachers of various subjects, from art to social studies to literature, will find much on this site to inspire.
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The philosophy of science concerns itself with fundamental questions related to science, such as what is - and is not - science, the reliability of scientific theories, and the purpose of the scientific enterprise. The PhilSci-Archive archive, hosted by the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh, is an electronic collection devoted to the rapid dissemination of contemporary philosophy of science. This means users are presented with the most cutting edge articles in the form of preprints (early versions of works that have yet to be peer reviewed). Readers may search the archive using a variety of categories, including subject, year, or even conference. If unsure where to start, the Latest Additions section can be quite enticing. Here readers will find the most recent submissions to the archive, which, at the time of this writing, included Joshua Rosaler's "Local Reduction in Physics" and Sally Shrapnel's "Discovering Quantum Causal Methods."
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Problem Based Learning Projects: For Educators
Problem Based Learning (PBL) is "an educational method that engages students in inquiry-based real world problem-solving" in which they work together on quandaries and present their solutions to the class, rather than listening to a teacher lecture or taking tests. The approach seeks to be dynamic, engaging, and applicable to the world that students will confront after high school. This site from the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)'s PBL Projects offers educators an overview of PBL, including resources related to Common Core & Standards Alignment, Implementation, Assessment, PBL Challenge Guides, and Grade Level Adaptations. Of special interest, educators may like to link to the PBL YouTube channel (from the left hand tab bar), where they will find a How To about PBL, and a number of lectures, activities, and interviews. For college and secondary school educators searching for ways to integrate more problem based learning into their curriculum, this site provides a welcome introduction.
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iKeepSafe: Educators

As the world moves more and more toward a computerized and networked workflow, cybersecurity is quickly becoming an essential skill. This site, from the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), an international nonprofit, offers teachers a window into needed knowledge about cybersecurity. The resources are divided into three broad categories: Teacher Professional Development, Elementary School Curriculum, and Middle/High School Curriculum. Helpful items abound in each area. For instance, Teacher Professional Development offers resources across four subgroups: Dive Into Data Privacy and Security, Engage Your Whole School Community, Brush Up on Hot Topics, and Integrate Digital Citizenship. Here readers will find helpful guides such as, FERPA 101 For Educators. This downloadable PDF introduces educators to the basics of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and suggests ways to clearly communicate smart uses of data. 
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The Psych Show

Psychology, the study of mind and behavior, is both an academic discipline and an applied science. Though the subject is woven inextricably into every aspect of modern life, from psychotherapy to advertising, few people take the time to understand the foundations of this important discipline. Dr. Ali Mattu, a psychologist at Columbia University, is seeking to change that with The Psych Show, a fun-filled, fast-paced YouTube channel. Here readers will find episodes dedicated to the psychology of New Year's resolutions, the psychology of nostalgia, and a psychological argument for why diversity in media matters.

Harvard Film Archive

The Harvard Film Archive's (HFA) cinematheque in Cambridge, Massachusetts presents films from around the world four days a week, all year round. Anyone living in the Boston area will likely jump at the chance to see selections of the Archive in person. For readers who live far from Boston, however, there is still much to appreciate on the this website. Under the Film Screenings tab, for instance, readers may find detailed descriptions of all of the films presented at the HFA theater, all the way back to 1999. In addition, readers may read about the various HFA Collections, including The Aldo Tambellini Collection, the Andrew Bujalski Collection, and others. While films are not available for viewing on the site, there is a virtual cornucopia of information related to film and film history.
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Source: Internet Scout Project 

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