ELSEVIER BUYS MENDELEY
“Today we are excited to announce that Mendeley is joining Elsevier! You might already have heard some rumors and speculation about this in the past few weeks . . . Now that the union is official,” Victor announced on the Mendeley blog.
How will this new union impact the research community? Elsevier states the impact of the merger is captured by the phrase Find, Read, Share, and Connect. Using Elsevier’s products such as the Science Direct database, researchers can find articles, read them, share them with friends (using Mendeley) and connect with colleagues (using Mendeley) who focus on similar research. Read more from Elsevier. What impact will this merger have? Will users of RefWorks, EndNote, and Zotero switch to Mendeley to get the added value of sharing and connecting to other researchers? Will new functionality be added to Mendeley? The Curry librarians look forward to following this development and we bet you will be, too.
KINDERGARTENERS PROGRAM & BLOG
This week, Monty Jones, SOE Director of Technology at VCU wrote in his blog, “A few years ago, I did an engineering program with kindergarten students, and it opened my eyes to the challenges of trying to use technology to improve learning at this level. My son is in kindergarten now, and I often try things with him, usually just for fun. He is learning to program in Scratch so he can do cool things with his motor Legos.” Monty also mentions a teacher’s blog that promotes blogging in kindergarten. Wow!
The student chapter of American Society for Engineering Education at U.Va. invites you to the following presentation.
TOPIC: What is Engineering Education?
DATE: Friday, April 19
TIME: 12:00 pm– 2:00 pm
LOCATION: Chemical Engineering Building – CHE Lecture Hall 005
DESCRIPTION: Dr. Lisa McNair and graduate student Rachel Louis Kajfez of the Virginia Tech Engineering Communication Center will be presenting information and research regarding Engineering Education.
This event is provided by the student chapter of American Society for Engineering Education at U.Va. with support from the University of Virginia School of Engineering, and the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.
While the celebration is limited to one week, the assistance you can obtain from librarians is available year round and around the clock thanks to our consult service and our online resources designed for Curry.
OUTSTANDING SCIENCE TRADE BOOKS
The National Science Teachers’ Association annually selects outstanding science trade books for K-12 students. The NSTA recently released their list of outstanding science books published in 2012.
LIBRARY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES COLLABORATION
Environmental Sciences Professor Stephan de Wekker and Library Web programmer, Doug Chestnut, collaborated to gather atmospheric data using a remote-controlled hexacopter. A grant made to Doug Chestnut, and to Chris Gist and Kelly Johnston, U.Va. Library Geographic Information Systems Specialists, for the construction of a “hexacopter” to experiment with aerial photography & GIS is the impetus for the collaboration. More…
Activity 1 – Newspaper Blackout Poetry Have your students create newspaper blackout poems. Take a newspaper article and with a black magic marker, black out all of the words you don’t need, leaving only the words from the article that you are using for your poem. There is a book of newspaper blackout poems written by Austin Kleon. There is also a web page of examples of blackout poems. Who says newspapers are dead!
Activity 2 – Book Spine Poetry This activity would be a wonderful collaboration between the school library media specialist, the teacher, and his or her students. Make a poem or story using the titles of the books as they appear on the spine of the book like the example to the left. If you are asking an entire class to do this activity, you will probably need to use your school’s library in order to obtain sufficient numbers of books for the students to create their poems. Check out the poems that were created this year.
K-12 ED: BYOD TOP CHALLENGE
The term BYOD, which stands for “Bring Your Own Device,” refers to the practice of students bringing their own laptops, tablets, smartphones, or other mobile device into the classroom. BYOD was identified as one of the top challenges this week by the Horizon.K12 Advisory Board, which published their top ten trends and challenges and top 12 emerging technologies that they believe will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in global K-12 education over the next five years. These initial results have been compiled into an interim report, known as the “Short List.”
The Horizon Project is part of a longitudinal study led by the New Media Consortium, in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
KEY INFORMATION ABOUT MOBILE APPS FOR KIDS
For parents, the growing universe of mobile applications targeted at kids can be overwhelming. As their children’s teacher, you may be asked what apps would be appropriate. Do you need an easy way to educate your parents and help them make decisions about what kids’ apps to download?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has an informational graphic that can help. The information contained in the graphic is drawn from the Commission’s recent report titled “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade.” The FTC also provides a wide array of online information for consumers about mobile apps.
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving your research data. See this week’s featured data information below.
STATS-DC 2013 DATA CONFERENCE
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is sponsoring the STATS-DC 2013 Data Conference, “Discovering Through Data” (July 17–19, 2013). You are invited to attend the Summer Data Conference in Washington, DC and to submit a proposal to present a session. For more information, you can view the conference brochure 0r the conference web site. There is no registration fee to attend the conference, but individuals are responsible for their own transportation, food, and lodging. Register
Submit a concurrent session or demonstration proposal
Check the “Yes I’d like to make a proposal” box at the end of the registration form. An additional section will be added to the registration form. This is where you can provide information about your proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, April 26, 2013.
PUBLIC OPINION POLL WEBINAR
The Roper Center was founded in 1947 and is the largest archives of public opinion data in existence anywhere in the world. On Wednesday, May 8th from 9am – 10am, they are offering a free webinar.
This Webinar is designed to introduce Roper Center services to researchers at member institutions (yes, U.Va. is a member). The focus will be on how to use the iPOLL database and navigate from iPOLL to the other online resources. The content of the Roper Center archives includes thousands of public opinion polls conducted in the US and abroad over the last 75+ years. iPOLL is a database of US questions and responses. Also available are full datasets and modules for online analysis. Free registration.
BY THE NUMBERS
Federal Student Loan Debt Burden of Noncompleters, a Statistics in Brief, focuses on the federal student debt burden accrued by students who do not complete a postsecondary credential within 6 years of enrolling. The cumulative federal student debt burden among students who did not complete a degree or certificate within 6 years of enrolling amounted to 35 percent of their annual income for students who first enrolled in 2003-04.
DATA MANAGEMENT EVENT
TOPIC: The Evolution of Research Data: Strategies for Curation and Data Management
DATE: Thursday, May 16
TIME: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Boar’s Head Inn, 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville. VA
DESCRIPTION: Sponsored by The University of Virginia Library, the Virginia Library Association’s College & Research Libraries and Elsevier, this event will feature speakers addressing the different stages of the research data life cycle, with representatives from University of Virginia faculty, learned societies, research institutions, and publishers coming together to examine the implementation stages, available technologies and associated challenges and barriers for managing, preserving and accessing research data. Attendees will leave armed with valuable information to engage their respective organizational stakeholders to initiate and continue long-term research and data management efforts. While this event is geared toward library professionals, other interested individuals are welcome to attend.
USING DATA TO GUIDE REMEDIATION
An August 2012 recorded training presentation about the SOL Student Performance by Question (SPBQ) Report provides information on how school staff can improve remediation efforts.
SOL Scoring website
FREE ONLINE COURSE
The National Forum on Education Statistics has created an online course, The Forum Guide to Data Ethics Online Course, based on some of its best practice publications.
National Forum on Education Statistics (the Forum) strives to provide states, districts, and schools with helpful advice on the collection, maintenance, and use of elementary and secondary education data.
NEW OPEN ACCESS PLATFORM FOR DATASETS
“Open for submissions this autumn, Scientific Data is a new open-access, online-only platform for the publication of descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets. Scientific Data, which is being published by the Nature Publishing Group, will initially focus on experimental datasets from the life, biomedical and environmental science communities with future plans to expand to other fields in the natural sciences.”
“Scientific Data will introduce and publish a new type of content called Data Descriptors: peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide detailed descriptions of experimental and observational datasets. Data Descriptors will be a combination of traditional scientific publication content and structured information curated in-house, and are designed to maximize reuse and enable searching, linking and data mining. Data Descriptors may be associated with articles from a broad range of journals.” More…
U.S. CENSUS WEBINAR AVAILABLE
If you were unable to attend the April 3, 2013 U.S. Census webinar, “Census Data Tools: America’s Profile at Your Fingertips,” you can now access the slides and an audio recording online. The recorded webinar runs one hour. This session provides an introduction to some of the statistical access tools provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Brief descriptions of each tool are discussed, as well as highlights of features and key functionalities.
RESEARCH DATA LIFE CYCLE
The Research Data Symposium, held at Columbia University on February 27, 2013, featured panels addressing the different stages of the research data life cycle. Speakers examined the implementation stages, available technologies, and associated challenges and barriers for managing, preserving, and accessing research data. The keynote addresses and the various sessions may be accessed and viewed from Columbia University’s Research Data Symposium website.
This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians,
Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman for the Curry School
of Education to support digital scholarship and research.