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Librarian Jessamyn West on teaching computer skills in rural Vermont | Slate

In my dream world, library school would partly be help desk school.”

Podcast production by Cameron Drews, May 29, 20227:00 AM

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This week, host June Thomas talks to Jessamyn West, a librarian in rural Vermont who’s working to improve computer literacy and access to library services in her community.

In the interview, Jessamyn explains her process for helping people to learn basic computer skills, like building a resume, setting up an online dating profile, or learning how to use a mouse.

She also talks about her broader mission to make sure technology is intuitive and accessible to everyone who needs it.

After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler discuss mantras and understanding your strengths and weaknesses.

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Source: Librarian Jessamyn West on teaching computer skills in rural Vermont

The Collapse Of American Teaching

Teachers all over the country describe problems that touch every aspect of our culture and society, from technology dependence to stats-obsessed bureaucracy to a post-COVID behavior crisis.

By Rosie Gray, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Updated on April 1, 2022, 6:29 am, Posted on March 31, 2022, 3:38 pm

Paige worked in corporate America for several years before deciding at the beginning of 2020 to switch to a career she found more meaningful.

When the pandemic hit a short time later, she second-guessed her decision, but the crisis also made her feel “more compelled to rise to the occasion.”

She completed virtual training. Paige — who spoke on the condition that only her middle name be used — started her first job as a teacher at an under-resourced Dallas-area middle school in January 2021.

The district was using a hybrid classroom model, blending remote and in-person instruction. Paige had the advantage of a previous career that prepared her for the technological headache. She felt she was able to build constructive relationships with her students, especially the roughly 30% who came to school in person.

Though her subject, reading, is a perennial testing priority, she was liberated from test pressure since states were given the option to waive the usual battery of exams that year. In hindsight, her first few months of teaching were “breezy and manageable” in comparison to what came after.

Source: The Collapse Of American Teaching

Take Math to Mars and Beyond With NASA’s Pi Day Challenge – Teachable Moments | NASA/JPL Edu

This artist’s concept shows what Deep Space Station-23, a new antenna dish capable of supporting both radio wave and laser communications, will look like when completed at the Deep Space Network’s Goldstone, California, complex. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech | + Expand image

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech | + Expand image

Teachable Moments| March 5, 2021

By Lyle Tavernier

Learn about pi and the history of Pi Day before exploring some of the ways the number is used at NASA. Then, try the math for yourself in our Pi Day Challenge.

Source: Take Math to Mars and Beyond With NASA’s Pi Day Challenge – Teachable Moments | NASA/JPL Edu

How to Teach Information Literacy in an Era of Lies – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Whatever your discipline, you should also be teaching students how to understand, assess, evaluate, and apply information.

Source: How to Teach Information Literacy in an Era of Lies – The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Moment You Won’t Want to Miss: Cassini’s Mission Finale at Saturn – Teachable Moments | NASA/JPL Edu




Update – Sept. 11, 2017: This feature (originally published on April 25, 2017) has been updated to reflect Cassini’s current mission status, as well as new lessons and activities.Visit the Cassini website to learn more about the mission’s Grand Finale and follow along on Friday, Sept. 15 as the spacecraft makes its farewell plunge into Saturn. Live streaming information available here. In the News  After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration. This last phase of the mission has delivered unprecedented views of Saturn and taken Cassini where no spacecraft has been before – all the way between the planet and its rings. On Friday, Sept. 15 Cassini will perform its Grand Finale: a farewell dive into Saturn’s atmosphere to protect the environments of Saturn’s moons, including the potentially habitable Enceladus. Teach It Explore our collection of standards-aligned lessons about NASA’s Cassini mission.

Source: A Moment You Won’t Want to Miss: Cassini’s Mission Finale at Saturn – Teachable Moments | NASA/JPL Edu

Educational Resources – The John Muir Exhibit – Sierra Club

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Online educational resources related to John Muir. Part of the John Muir Exhibit. Thanks to The Scout Report for the link.

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