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Congratulations to these Peck students who were the top three artists at the Sanilac Career Center's annual art show that was held last week.  Justin Schneidewind won "Best of Show" honors while Kaylee Ruthruff and Bailey Sell grabbed the "Spotlight" award. 




      
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5 emerging trends in today’s libraries
Technology and digital resources are expanding rapidly in U.S. libraries, and important tech tools that serve entire communities are available at nearly all libraries across the nation. The American Library Association's 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey makes note of the large role libraries play in education, individual engagement, as well as new programs they are developing, such as maker programming and 3D printing. Though digital resources are growing throughout libraries, the survey also found that this growth is uneven. For instance, fewer than half of rural libraries said they increased bandwidth speeds in the last 24 months, compared with 64 percent of urban libraries and 56 percent of suburban libraries. Further complicating the divide between library resources is the fact that less than two-thirds (64 percent) of rural libraries said they have access to information technology staff, compared to 95 percent of urban and 85 percent of suburban libraries. Sixty-six percent of all libraries surveyed said they would increase bandwidth if they could, and cited cost as the top barrier to moving forward with those plans. When it comes to emerging trends, libraries are forging new paths and diversifying the resources that students and community members will find. The top emerging trends include: 1. STEM maker spaces (16.8 percent) 2. Social media training (45.8 percent) 3. Wireless printing (33 percent) 4. 3D printing (2 percent) 5. Coding, development, hackathons (2 percent) “Creating is becoming a new digital competency, and libraries are building and expanding their programs and services to meet these changing community needs,” said Ann Joslin, president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, in a statement about the report. Joslin is the state librarian in Idaho, which implemented a pilot program to support library maker activities and new technologies and tools.
How apps are surpassing the traditional tutor
Deciding whether you want to use a tutor or just download an app is becoming more difficult these days. Technology has and will continue to amaze us with its new inventions, but when professions are becoming unnecessary shouldn’t we become concerned?
Two benefits of eBooks for early readers
The future of eBooks opens up opportunities for teachers and students alike. eBooks provide fluent readings and other engaging tools that help early readers achieve academic success. And, with the help of modern technology, they expand possibilities far outside what traditional books provide. If utilized correctly, eBooks can position students for early reading success. Two key benefits eBooks include:
Is U.S. innovation lacking?
Measuring innovation is critical to effecting change and improvement in education--and in fact, knowing how practices impact education on an international scale could improve education across the globe, according to a new report that seeks to measure educational innovation. The report compares educational innovation to innovation in other sectors, pinpoints specific examples of educational innovation, and also examines how changes in educational outcomes are related to educational innovation. Why measure innovation? Part of it has to do with a recent push for what the report called the "innovation imperative" that is spreading through the public sector and public services in an attempt to boost economic performance and prosperity. Innovation in education matters for four distinct reasons: Educational innovations can improve learning outcomes In most countries, education is viewed as a means to enhance equity and equality Innovation is seen as a way to make educational services more efficient As societies and national economies change, so, too, should education, in order to remain relevant Key overall findings include: Innovative educational practices, such as personalized instruction and linking lessons to real-world examples, have increased in all countries Special education, professional learning networks, and stakeholder relationships all have experienced innovations and advancements Countries that have greater innovation levels tend to see increases in some education outcomes, such as improved 8th grade math performance and more equitable learning outcomes When compared on a "composite innovation index," top innovating countries--those that have seen the most innovation in primary and secondary classroom and school levels, include: Denmark (37 points) Indonesia (36 points) Korea (32 points) The Netherlands (30 points) The least innovative countries include: The United States (17 points) New Zealand (17 points) Austria (16 points) The Czech Republic (15 points) The OECD average is 22 points. The top five pedagogical innovations in the U.S. include:
Little-known ways to find every student’s hidden potential
I was walking down the halls of our school recently when a little girl approached me. “Mrs. Rogers, what do I have to do to get into your classroom?” Her comment made me laugh. This particular girl was a straight-A student, and I’m the Title 1 teacher for at-risk students! I was thrilled that she thought of my class as a fun, exciting place (and it is!).
    
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